Aim Educational Ltd

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HOW LEARNERS WORK AND OUR TEACHING SPACES


Depending upon a learner’s unique needs, AIM can offer one-on-one teaching, as well a small group teaching (with a maximum of three learners to one staff member). Whilst we are aware that the needs of some learners require them to receive their education one-on-one, AIM believes that socialisation is key to confidence building, as well as to empowering learners with the skills necessary to enter the wider world. Therefore, even if a learner requires their education to be delivered in a one-on-one format, we will ensure that they are never isolated or excluded and that they are able to embrace the opportunity of socialising with their peers should they feel ready for this and if it is safe to do so.


The AIM site consists of the rare breeds farm and requisite farmland, a fruit and vegetable allotment and wild bird feeding area, and six unique learning spaces, each of which is described below:


AIM HQ – This houses the main socialisation area (where we have registration and lunch), as well as the IT suit (where Andy Radford teaches IT and electronics);


The Art, English and Maths caravan – This is the home of AIM’s Arts and Crafts learning, as well as English and Maths. Whilst these subjects may seem rather disparate, Natalie Sweeney and Tiffany Webster work side-by-side to engage learners in all three subjects in a cross-curricular manner. Inside this caravan there are two separate rooms and learners separate out into the appropriate space for their specific learning. It will also be the home of the AIM Sensory Room – the development of which is a learner project;


The Catering caravan – As the name suggests, this is where Linda Healy teaches baking, cooking, food hygiene, and the principles of healthy eating. It also houses space for learners to complete further research in this field, as well as to enjoy the various treats they have made. In ordered to encourage socialisation and team building, learners are encouraged to prepare dishes that can serve as lunch or an afternoon treat for their peers and AIM staff. This also encourages learners to take ownership, responsibility, and pride in their learning;


The Woodwork caravan – This space is the domain of our woodwork and engineering teacher Wayne Gibbons. The space is currently under construction, but it’s very construction is in fact a learner project as a number of learners have been heavily involved in its planning, design and construction;


The Barn – This is where learners begin their education in relation to the various animals AIM houses. This is led by Andy Radford and is supported by all other members of staff. Here, learners will learn how to recognise different animal behaviours, how to correctly move or handle an animal, and what food provides the best nourishment for each animal;


The Polytunnel – This is the HQ of David Cheshire’s much sort after Bonsai nursery and is the home of AIM’s horticulture. Here, learners are educated not only about general horticulture (including everything from vegetable growing and recognising wild plants, to land maintenance and floral decorations), but also to study the basics of Bonsai care, in which David is a leading expert.