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An inclusive environment in which to communicate, develop and learn

We develop life skills through cooking, gym sessions, enrichment, trips and lots of other exciting activities. These will all help to build your confidence and set you on the path to achieving your goals.

Celebrating award-winning students!

We've had success everywhere with our Pathways students, including at the College's Student of the Year Awards and as a group at the prestigious Blenheim Palace Heritage Awards.

WikiMe

The College has recently invested in the digital learning tool, WikiMe, for the next three years for staff and students (starting from January 2019).

It allows students to upload videos and images, set goals and more importantly set up a circle of friends, all in a safe and secure setting. Pathways 2 students are so proficient with the tool that they show students from Pathway 1 how to use it!

The software also allows staff to set goals, to evidence tasks being completed and even message students off-site on work experience to be able to update progress.

Building up confidence and becoming more independent through life-changing learning

We think that college is a fantastic first step into life after school. On Pathways, there is support at every point of your journey, with transition workers here to make that change from school as smooth as possible.

Our friendly and experienced tutors will develop a course that is just for you, making sure it challenges you but is not overwhelming. There are plenty of interesting projects to keep you busy, giving you valuable work and life skills. We have had students create art pieces for an exhibition, set up social profiles through WikiMe, and design flower displays for VIP musicians at the Cornbury Festival.

The Pathways department is like its own small community, where you will make new friends, discover new interests, go on exciting trips and have a lot of fun along the way. We can't wait for you to come and join us!

Information for Parents

Staff Profile: Jeannie Donald-McKim

Staff Profile: Jeannie Donald-McKim

After studying English at Sussex University, Jeannie taught English as a Foreign Language in Spain for 6 months before doing VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas) in a Junior High School in Bhutan for 2 years, and then Japan for 4 years.

In Japan Jeannie got into experimental dance/theatre which led her to study Dance Movement Therapy on her return to the UK. She worked with people with head injuries, dementia and mental health issues before a seven-year career at Oxford College and then in 2005 moved on to work for Abingdon & Witney College within Pathways 1 and 2.

"It is a privilege to work with my wonderful students who teach me new things about being human and make me laugh every day. I am part of a fantastic team dedicated to delivering individualised programmes for each of our students.

For the past 5 years I have been fortunate to participate in the WikiMe project working with RIX Media and MultiMe to develop a digital multimedia platform to promote self-advocacy for our students. I’ve just been to Berlin on an EU-funded programme to promote social-inclusion through education."

Did you know?

It's not all classroom-based learning for our Pathways students! We encourage students to engage in fun activities outside in the fresh air too!

Jack

Previous school:
Fitzwaryn School

Jack joined our Pathways course in Abingdon in 2016, after leaving Sixth Form at Fitzwaryn School.

Jack grew in maturity and confidence during his time at the College and remains a highly motivated and enthusiastic learner. He achieved his first Functional Skills maths qualification and planned to carry on moving up levels.

He worked very hard on his communication with peers and other college users and confidently used the canteen facilities to buy himself lunch or a drink.

He was supported by our job coach to secure a meaningful work placement, which will help him fulfil his aspirations.

Elliott

Previous school:
Fitzwaryn School

My tutor is amazing and all the staff are kind. The College is great; I like using Costa and I always get hot chocolates!

The lessons are things like spelling and grammar which I enjoy, we do quizzes and also cooking, making cakes, pizza, meals using Quorn and a Theme of the Week.

My favourite part is going to Common Leys Farm on Mondays for the Propeller Project. We do outdoor things like planting flowers, woodwork and animal care.

CJ

Previous school:
St Gregory the Great School

The support is good and there are lots of teachers for each student. They are nice and helpful, and they make the lessons interesting and fun. The class size is smaller too so it is quieter.

I'm getting a LASER qualification and I feel like I'm increasing my confidence being on this course. We are treated more like adults and I have more responsibility and choices.

We also get to go on trips and do activities like tennis, which I really enjoy.

Your future career

Progressing from a Pathways programme can lead to getting a part- or full-time job, another course at college, supported training in the workplace, or even an apprenticeship!

Pathways courses

Developing Skills for Work

School Leaver YFAU501P

This course is designed for young adults who have an EHCP (Education Health and Care Plan) who wish to develop further their independence and work skills ready for employment and achieve an Entry 3 level qualification....

9th Sept 2024 - 4th Jul 2025

Monday to Friday

Pathways

Abingdon Campus

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Independent Living Skills

School Leaver YFWQ100P

A programme designed for learners with an EHCP who are consolidating their independent living skills as part of a transition out of education and into adulthood. The programme is part time to enable students to engage with other support services who ...

9th Sept 2024 - 4th Jul 2025

Various

Pathways

Witney Campus

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Pathways - Communication

School Leaver YFWT101P

This course is for young adults who have an EHCP (Education, Health and Care Plan) and have profound and complex learning difficulties....

9th Sept 2024 - 4th Jul 2025

Monday to Friday

Pathways

Witney Campus

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Pathways - Developing Independence

School Leaver YFWT301P

This course is designed for young adults with an EHCP (Education Health and Care Plan) who are aspiring to make independent choices, communicate effectively, explore the world around them and be ready for a semi or fully independent adulthood. There ...

9th Sept 2024 - 4th Jul 2025

Monday to Friday

Pathways

Witney Campus

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Pathways - Developing Skills for Work

School Leaver YFWT501P

This course is designed for young adults who have an EHCP (Education Health and Care Plan) who wish to develop further their independence and work skills ready for employment and achieve an Entry 3 level qualification....

9th Sept 2024 - 4th Jul 2025

Monday to Friday

Pathways

Witney Campus

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Pathways - Practising Work Skills (Supported Internship)

School Leaver YFWQ801P

This course is a progression from our Pathways, Gateway and Fast Forward courses for identified learners with a current Education Health and Care Plan who may need support into the world of work....

9th Sept 2024 - 4th Jul 2025

Thursday

Pathways

Witney Campus

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Pathways - Practising Work Skills (Supported Internship)

School Leaver YFAV802P

This course is a progression from our Pathways, Gateway and Fast Forward courses for identified learners with a current Education Health and Care Plan who may need support into the world of work....

9th Sept 2024 - 4th Jul 2025

Thursday

Pathways

Abingdon Campus

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Pathways - Towards Independence

School Leaver YFWT201P

This course is designed for young adults with an EHCP (Education Health and Care Plan) who are aspiring to make independent choices, communicate effectively, explore the world around them and be ready for a semi or fully independent adulthood. There ...

9th Sept 2024 - 4th Jul 2025

Monday to Friday

Pathways

Witney Campus

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Pathways - Transition to Work

School Leaver YFWV501P

This course is designed for young adults who have an EHCP (Education Health and Care Plan) and who are getting ready to move into the work place - either through employment or a supported internship....

9th Sept 2024 - 4th Jul 2025

Monday to Friday

Pathways

Witney Campus

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Pathways - Understanding Skills for Work

School Leaver YFWT401P

This course is designed for young adults who have an EHCP (Education Health and Care Plan) who wish to develop further their independence and explore adult working life and achieve an Entry 2 qualification....

9th Sept 2024 - 4th Jul 2025

Monday to Friday

Pathways

Witney Campus

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Transition to Work

School Leaver YFAV501P

This course is designed for young adults who have an EHCP (Education Health and Care Plan) and who are getting ready to move into the work place - either through employment or a supported internship....

9th Sept 2024 - 4th Jul 2025

Monday to Friday

Pathways

Abingdon Campus

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Understanding Skills for Work

School Leaver YFAT401P

This course is designed for young adults who have an EHCP (Education Health and Care Plan) who wish to develop further their independence and explore adult working life and achieve an Entry 2 qualification....

9th Sept 2024 - 4th Jul 2025

Monday to Friday

Pathways

Abingdon Campus

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