Well-being

Coleg Elidyr has a strong commitment to the well-being of all students and staff. This is evident in our commitment to a 24-hour curriculum, a Total Communication environment and our on-site therapeutic team.

Our Total Communication environment supports students in being able to communicate in ways they may previously have been unable to do, so promoting increased interactions, self-advocacy, well-being and resilience. The College’s multi-disciplinary Therapeutic Team. i.e. Speech and Language Therapist, Clinical Psychologist, Total Communication Co-ordinator and Occupational Therapist work in both one to one capacities with individuals as well as with the broader staff team providing advice, guidance and support.

All learners are assigned a key worker and are also encouraged to speak with any staff member with whom they feel comfortable. A fully inclusive Personal Development and Citizenship curricula supports the promotion of learner well-being and all learners engage in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
Comprehensive Behaviour Support Plans, individualised Risk Assessments and Care Plans all document and provide individualised approaches for supporting student well-being. This highly differentiated and personalised approach is further manifested in weekly progress meetings between Tutors and weekly Management meetings when staff are able to identify and address any emergent well-being issues.

Gymnasium and Sports

A college gymnasium provides students with the opportunity to exercise under the guidance of trained staff.

Total Communication

Many of our students and particularly those with Autism experience difficulties in communicating. We support all our young people in meeting the challenges that they may face through a Total Communication approach. This includes speaking using sounds, words, and/or sentences while also using signing. An individualised approach means you may also see staff and students using objects, symbols, pictures and/or photographs to communicate.

 

Effective Total Communication relies on enhanced communication between staff to ensure individuals communication preferences are identified and shared. Our dedicated Total Communication Co-ordinator works to ensure learners, trainees, community residents, parents and staff are supported with appropriate resources and guidance.

All college staff engaged in teaching and learning as well as an increasing number of our resident young people undertake formal externally validated signing courses. This ensures Total Communication remains at the heart of college life.

 

Multi-Disciplinary Therapeutic Support

Coleg Elidyr boasts a strong multi-disciplinary team thus ensuring that student well-being is at the heart of college life.

    The College’s Speech and Language Therapist provides assessment and therapeutic strategies and intervention for all young people at Coleg Elidyr.  A universal focus upon communication development facilitates individuals’progress including the ability to develop social relationships with peers and staff.
    Working closely with the Total Communication Coordinator, she  ensures staff are coached to implement total communication techniques including signing, use of symbols, social stories and Intensive Interaction techniques as appropriate to each individual.

    Our Occupational Therapist is involved in all initial assessments all new learners and Trainees to determine if individuals would benefit from her on-going support. She also provides guidance to staff on ensuring that individuals’ sensory needs are met.

    Our Clinical Psychologist works with individuals and staff across the College providing individual assessments and therapeutic interventions as required.

Healthy Living

The importance of a healthy diet and taking plenty  of exercise are promoted across care and education  environments.

Engagement in sporting clubs and events  are also encouraged.

 

 

  • People benefit from staff who are motivated and have learners at the heart of all they do; this was evident during our discussions with staff and our observations during the inspection

    CSSIW Report, Feb 2016

  • The college has an extremely well-planned and well-managed curriculum, which it reviews regularly and adapts, where appropriate, to enhance the learning experiences for learners and meet their individual needs. This is a significant strength of the college.

    ESTYN Full Report, August 2014

  • The staff take great care to treat the students as adults and allow them to make decisions (and take consequences) within their limitations. This has made a huge different to Martyn’s self-confidence and ability to decide for himself – he is much less passively accepting of things than he used to be.

    Parent Questionnaire, Summer 2015

  • ‘Staff consistently demonstrated an unconditional positive regard for students and this high regard was seen to be reciprocated. Students appeared confident, their achievements were celebrated and positive feedback was a constant’. 

    National Autistic Society 2016

  • ‘When our son started at Coleg Elidyr we felt we had reached our limits – we needed help to move him forward – well – we got it! he has achieved so much this year, far more than we could ever have imagined’. 

    Parent comment 2015

  • ‘People benefit from staff who are motivated and have learners at the heart of all they do; this was evident during our discussions with staff and our observations during the inspection’.

    CSSIW Report, Feb 2016

  • ‘The college has an extremely well-planned and well-managed curriculum, which it reviews regularly and adapts, where appropriate, to enhance the learning experiences for learners and meet their individual needs. This is a significant strength of the college’.

    ESTYN Full Report, August 2014

  • The staff take great care to treat the students as adults and allow them to make decisions (and take consequences) within their limitations. This has made a huge different to Martyn’s self-confidence and ability to decide for himself – he is much less passively accepting of things than he used to be’.

    Parent comment 2015

  • ‘Staff consistently demonstrated an unconditional positive regard for students and this high regard was seen to be reciprocated. Students appeared confident, their achievements were celebrated and positive feedback was a constant’. 

    National Autistic Society 2016

  • ‘When our son started at Coleg Elidyr we felt we had reached our limits – we needed help to move him forward – well – we got it! he has achieved so much this year, far more than we could ever have imagined’. 

    Parent comment 2015

  • ‘The college has an extremely well-planned and well-managed curriculum, which it reviews regularly and adapts, where appropriate, to enhance the learning experiences for learners and meet their individual needs, This is a significant strength of the college’.

    Estyn – last full inspection report 2014

  • Work standards are closely monitored as our organisation produces a range of luxury products. The quality of the work undertaken is to a very high standard…without doubt the contribution by students is of paramount importance to our organisation’.

    Myddfai Trading company 2016

  • Overall we found that Coleg Elidyr offered a truly unique service for people with a range of learning disabilities. People were offered numerous opportunities and we found that there was a clear ennoblement focus on developing skills and maximising potential’.

    CSSIW Report 2014

  • ‘He has progressed in every area more than we ever thought he could. He has the freedom within the college to out on his own to visit other houses. That’s  something he’s never been able to do before, so his confidence has grown’. 

    Parent comment 2015

Living

At Coleg Elidyr, we understand that being away from family and friends can be a daunting experience for anyone and we work hard to ensure we provide a homely and secure environment where all students feel safe and at home.

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Learning

Opportunities and support for learning and personal development at Coleg Elidyr span daily education sessions and residential living environments.

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Well-being

Coleg Elidyr has a strong commitment to the Well-being all students and staff. Central to student well-being is our commitment to a 24 hour curriculum and a Total communication environment.

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