Springboard Futures

Springboard Future’s provides high quality further education, supported training to those in Sunderland who have a recognised autistic spectrum disorder (ASD), learning difficulties and disabilities (LLDD).

Our provision of specialist staff, resources and equipment will enable students with learning difficulties and disabilities to make the transition to adulthood.

Our Values:

  • Provide personalised programmes that support students transition to adulthood
  • Provide person centred planning to reflect each individual’s needs, skills and interests
  • Have high expectations of all young people
  • Treat everyone with dignity and respect
  • Work in partnership with employers and placement providers to support student’s preparation for the world of work


Further Education Pathways:

Springboard Futures offer a range of pathways to suit individual needs. Bespoke packages are made to meet the individual needs of each student. Students may follow just one pathway or elements from each.

Common to all our pathways is the inclusion of:

  • Personal and Social Development
  • Self-regulation and Management
  • Enrichment
  • Literacy, Numeracy and ICT
  • Employment sessions
  • Pastoral sessions


Pathway 1: Independence – Life & Living Skills

This programme is aimed at young people with severe learning difficulties and those with complex autism who are over 19 years of age. This programme will take young people from their current levels of independence and build on this through developing a range of skills which will assist them in managing their lives as independently as possible.

Pathway 2: Vocational

This pathway offers a variety of vocational educational courses at a range of different levels depending upon the individual needs of the young people. Each young person will be initially assessed on their entry to establish which course would be most suitable.

Courses range from Entry 1 – Level 2, and are accredited by a range of awarding bodies such as AQA, NOCN and City and Guilds.

Students can experience the following vocational areas: Land Based Studies and Horticulture, Hospitality and Catering, Sport, Business Administration, Retail, Painting and Decorating and Car Valeting.

Pathway 3: Employability

This programme will work with young people to provide a route into employment, which may be supported employment.

Young people will access a range of work based learning opportunities across the city to develop skills required.

We currently provide placements in the following areas: Hospitality and Catering, Land Based Studies and Horticulture, Sport and Leisure, Business Administration, ICT, Retail, Customer Service and Warehousing.

Other placements may be available in specific vocational areas



Springboard Futures
Southwick Road

0191 5494847

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