Prism Arts Launch New Offer: Transition Programme for 16 – 25 year olds

Launching an offer for schools, colleges and SEND units in Cumbria

Since 2022, Prism Arts has been piloting Transition Programmes for 16 – 25 year olds. Working closely with excellent local educators such as James Rennie School, Lakes College and Beaumont College, we have developed an exciting, new method of working.

Prism Arts are thrilled to now launch Transition Programmes as an open offer to all schools, colleges and SEND units in Cumbria and the surrounding area.

These programmes are bespoke to the needs of the individuals and designed to support young LDA individuals to develop skills, interests and opportunities as they leave education. 

Find all the details below, including a Testimonial from Christopher Wilson, Curriculum Team Leader at Lakes College in Workington:

Transition Programmes (16-25 yrs)

Prism Arts deliver creative enrichment programmes for transition age young people (16-25) from SEND schools, colleges and SEND Units.
Currently, we are working with James Rennie School (Carlisle), Lakes College (Workington) on a regular, commissioned basis to deliver workshops across the acadmic year. We have also worked with Beaumont College (Carlisle), to deliver a college transition project, supporting their leavers to find post-education opportunities.
At Prism Arts, we passionately believe in creativity as a catalyst for personal development. These programmes are designed to develop young people’s skills, confidence and creativity, tracking individual progression every step of the way.
Prism Arts produce these sessions with our dedicated team of facilitator artists specialised in neurodivergent inclusivity, alongside talented local creative practitioners.
The programmes provide a huge variety of opportunities every year so young people can discover their own areas of strength or creative interest.
Workshops to date have ranged from dance, painting, drama, table top roleplaying games, video art and printmaking – to name a few!



A Testimonial from Christopher Wilson, Curriculum Team Leader for Foundation Studies & High Needs at Lakes College West Cumbria:

“Since our collaboration with Prism Arts, we have seen learners develop in confidence and with being able to express themselves including putting forward their ideas or opinions.The learners have also developed their resilience and have clearly demonstrated their ability to adapt to change. 

Prism Arts provides unique enrichment activities that enables our learners to develop soft skills that are vital for the world of work. The team at Prism Arts have worked closely to ensure that they meet our programmes long term objectives and that learners’ individual targets are met.  From this, we have been able to create an ambitious learning curriculum that reflects the transferable skills needed for Preparation for Adulthood.  
Recently, Ofsted reviewed the collaboration between Prism Arts and ourselves, including the implementation into our curriculum.  This was validated and recognised as an area of good practice across our department. 
One learner who has advanced autism, can experience ‘lock in’ moments and has a reluctance to participate in learning. However, Prism Arts has managed to break down these barriers and engage the learner. This was then demonstrated to Ofsted as this learner was able to give a presentation with confidence to an audience.”



A Testimonial from Tom Armstrong, Lead Tutor at Beaumont College, Carlisle:

“The chance to participate in workshops with Prism Arts with the support from Beaumont College staff to support September transition arrangements has been greatly appreciated by our students.

Having the chance to visit, make informed choices of where the students would like to go once they leave college, and then go through a smooth transfer process with the Prism Arts Team has been fantastic.

The students have liked the activities, and getting to know the staff and service users which will, I’m sure, will enable them to have a productive and successful time Prism Arts when they begin in September.” 



If your school, college or SEND unit would benefit from a transition programme for learning disabled and autistic young people, get in touch with a member of our team using the form on our Contact Page, or call us on 01228 587691.
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