Learners at LVS Oxford have extra incentive to come to school thanks to a new innovation in the sixth form which allows them to make the most of their free time at school by honing their skills on a mixing desk.
Levi is one of the learners who is benefiting from the initiative, spending his lunch breaks practicing his skills and communicating with other learners who share his passion.
Levi said: “To be able to come into school and as well as studying be able to do something that I really love is cool. It helps me stay happy and concentrate in lessons knowing that I have the mixing to look forward to. It also means I am carrying on learning things in my lunch break when before I might have been getting into trouble”.
Charlie is another learner benefiting from the mixing desk, which gives learners the opportunity to practice their computing skills, fine motor skills and even maths.
Teacher Sam Hewson said: “I am delighted to see how passionate and engaged our learners are becoming thanks to the mixing desk initiative. It is good for their social and emotional wellbeing that they have something they enjoy so much available to them, and is teaching them skills that they might use in the future when they leave LVS Oxford”.
Current research shows that only 15% of young people with an autism spectrum diagnosis are in sustained, full-time employment and we are passionate about changing that statistic.