New Horizons

The New Horizons Record Book contains activities within a framework of five modules: Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Relationships. The program is student-centred, offering structure and flexibility; it provides recognition for small steps in achievement. In each module there is a focused careers-related activity.

Working with their tutor, the student completes a Personal Skills section for each module they do, which will help them identify specific things they are good at, relating to the module theme.

The final activity in each module is My Challenge. This requires the learner, working with the tutor, to identify something new they would like to try, relating to the theme of the module.

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Towards Independence

There are 60 Towards Independence modules to choose from, and the first of these, Starting Out (TISM00), is mandatory. This module enables learners to be helped to recognise achievements and plan targets and challenges, which can then be developed through further modules. The rest of the modules can be divided into the following themes, although many of the modules can fit into more than one themed area:



  • Current Affairs (TISM03)
  • Popular Culture (TISM18)
  • The Wider World (TISM46)


  • Residential Experience (TISM35)
  • Sports Studies (TISM26)
  • Using Leisure Time (TISM50)
  • Water Skills (TISM29)
  • Yogacise (TISM32)


  • Citizenship (TISM41)
  • Coping with People (TISM01)
  • Getting Ready to Go Out (TISM05)
  • Getting to Know a Group (TISM06)
  • Knowing About Myself (TISM10)
  • Out in the Community (TISM13)
  • Relationships (TISM40)
  • Self-advocacy (TISM23)
  • The Environment (TISM39)


  • Making Pictures (TISM33)
  • Performing Arts (TISM14)
  • Photography/Multimedia (TISM45)
  • Pottery and Ceramics (TISM19)
  • Printing (TISM21)


  • Independent Living (TISM09)
  • Meal Preparation and Cooking: Introduction (TISM54)
  • Meal Preparation and Cooking: Progression (TISM55)
  • Money: Introduction (TISM57)
  • Money: Progression (TISM58)
  • Recognising and Using Everyday Signs (TISM22)
  • Using Transport (TISM28)
  • Working Towards Self-sufficiency (TISM48)


  • Business Enterprise (TISM49)
  • Going to College (TISM07)
  • Horticulture (TISM08)
  • Personal Safety (TISM15)
  • Practical Workshop (TISM20)
  • Time Management and Self-organisation (TISM44)
  • Using Computer Technology (TISM63)
  • Vocational Training and Experience (TISM42)
  • Work Awareness (TISM30)


  • Developing Communication Skills: Introduction (TISM61)
  • Developing Communication Skills: Progression (TISM62)
  • Developing Numeracy Skills: Introduction (TISM64)
  • Developing Numeracy Skills: Progression (TISM65)

Modules for learners with PMLD

  • Animal Care (with Horse Riding and Stable Management) (TISM47)
  • Creativity (TISM02)
  • Developing Communication Skills: Sensory (TISM60)
  • Engaging with the World around Me: Objects (TISM51)
  • Engaging with the World around Me: People (TISM52)
  • Engaging with the World around Me: Events (TISM53)
  • Everyday Living (TISM04)
  • Meal Preparation and Cooking: Sensory Experience (TISM56)
  • Mobility (TISM59)
  • Multi-sensory Experiences (TISM43)
  • Myself and Others (TISM38)
  • Sport and Leisure (TISM25)
  • Sound, Rhythm and Music (TISM24)
  • The World Around Us (TISM37)
  • Using ICT (TISM36)
  • World of Work (TISM31)

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Transition Challenge

Students must complete a choice of activities from each of the five modules:

  • Knowing How,
  • Making Choices,
  • Feeling Good,
  • Moving Forward,
  • Taking the Lead.

There are 14 Sections within each module:

  • 1. English
  • 2. Mathematics
  • 3. Science
  • 4. Design and Technology
  • 5. Modern Foreign anguages
  • 6. ICT
  • 7. Religious Education
  • 8. Citizenship
  • 9. Community
  • 10. Expressive Arts
  • 11. Family/Home
  • 12. Recreation
  • 13. Sports & Leisure
  • 14. Work Related

Additionally, there is an opportunity to record students' achievements by allocating a P Level/National Curriculum reference to their work, as and when this is appropriate.

Levels of Support are used to show how the learner has achieved the activity. They show individual progression and differentiation between learners. These are:

  • No Help,
  • Spoken/Signed Help,
  • Gestural Help,
  • Physical Help,
  • Sensory Experience,
  • Experience Recorded.

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The Atwell College ASDAN website is an trial website.

It’s purpose is to make it more efficient and convenient to record and evaluate a student’s ASDAN activities.

This website is best viewed in the Mozilla Firefox browser.


  • Paperless,
  • Easily updated and edited,
  • Secure,
  • Consistent layout and methods of recording,
  • Unlimited cross-referencing of data for searching for specific information,
  • All images scaled and compressed insitu, no need to resize  (although it would help)
  • Auto backup all images and data,
  • Ability to use anywhere any time (with an internet connection),
  • Compatible with smartphones and tablets,
  • Direct online feedback with other staff,
  • Easily archived, backed-up and exported,
  • Dynamic library of ‘skills’ – the more skills you add the more they are made available to other teachers to utilise,
  • Ability to print each record in user-friendly format.

If you have any feedback, improvements, ideas, suggestions, criticisms or questions about this website – talk to Pete