Focused. Expert. Learning. MAGIC’s Additional Learning Centre (ARC) provides expert tuition and learning support for 5-18 year olds with an Autism Spectrum Condition. Launched in 2013, the ARC is specifically designed for children aged 5-18 who have a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Condition, some with learning difficulties and challenging behaviours, based in the Medway area in Kent. The ARC provides expert learning and tuition that help and guide our children’s development, offering an out of school educational environment that is friendly and welcoming.
Often, our children have had a negative experience of school or education, some have even been excluded from school or may have no formal education at all. Through consultation, we understand the needs of our pupils and tailor their learning and our services to best meet the needs of every individual child. Upon arrival, a profile of each child’s requirements is compiled and then a unique learning plan will be created for their development during their stay at the ARC. Once our young people are ready to return to school or their next stage, we will be able to provide a continuity of support for them and their family, offering a valuable lifeline for your family to our expert staff and our tailored services.
Based at MAGIC’s headquarters in Cliffe Woods, the ARC is ideally located to provide this bespoke service. In a fully equipped premises it has use of junior and senior training suites, including classrooms, an art room, a computer suite, a ‘chill out’ zone, a refreshment area, a large multi-purpose hall, a playing field and a car park. Some other activities may take place off site at an approved centre.
ARC Activities – what we do
ARC will initiate a child’s development profile which will include the UK curriculum core subjects (English, Maths, Science, ICT & PE) together with a social educational programme to suit the individual. Aspects we cover are important developmental issues such as self-esteem, friendship skills, behaviour management and specialised life skills programme called ‘Passport to Life’ in order to gain an understanding of individual responsibility and team working skills.
Activities can include: