They provide a personalised programme for students with autism and have been shortlisted for one of the National Autistic Society’s Autism Professionals Awards.
They are based in the RUGROOM. This is the college’s learning and social space for students with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD).
They have supported over 100 students with autism.
Phoenix Purple aims for an individual approach with students being able to choose their own subjects and to build their own timetables.
Dominic Bareham in the Norfolk Eastern Daily Press reports that this allows the students to learn new skills and experiences in areas such as art and crafts, product design, film making, music, radio production and confidence and independence building.
It is reported that:
‘Communication, social skills, team building, employability and life skills are at the core of the Phoenix Purple programme.’
Phoenix Purple course leader, Gemma Burton, is reported as saying:
“As a team we are all very excited to have been shortlisted for this award for Inspirational Education Provision.”
“Being shortlisted for this prestigious award is recognition for all the hard work and dedication of the team.”
The winner will be revealed at an awards dinner in Harrigate on March 4.
The full article in the Norfolk Eastern Daily Press can be read here