Education 4 Independence - Provision for Adults with Learning Difficulties

Education 4 Independence courses

This provision is for learners with learning difficulties and disabilities who wish to gain independence and improve their life skills. The provision is open Monday to Friday for 50 weeks of the year. All courses focus on developing the skills and understanding required to become more independent, with learners working towards nationally recognised accreditation.

All courses are delivered by qualified teachers and supported by Learning Support Assistants to provide any additional one to one support which may be required. All classes use real equipment and artefacts and include out of classroom visits and trips which embed the learning.

Payment Method

We accept direct payments. Please contact your local Community Learning Disabilities Team to find out how. The courses can be purchased independently via your personal budget. Payment options are available.

Contact Us

If you would like to arrange an informal visit to Education 4 Independence or attend a taster session, please contact Brenda Hunt in the first instance on 01708 433792 or email


Courses include:

Course change each year but we are currently offering:



News and Events (09:30 -12:00)
This course will provide you with the opportunity to look at events happening around the world and discuss your thoughts and ideas. This will help you to build on your verbal and written communication skills. You will also learn more about what happens in different communities and this may give you new ideas for learning opportunities.

History (13:00 - 15:30)
In this course, you will learn about the history of the world around you and how different events can influence us. You will learn about the history of different places in London and you will also visit places of interest by public transport. These include visiting Greenwich and Central London. On this course, you will develop decision-making skills and make independent choices, as well as be actively involved in the planning of outings and events.


Recycling and Upskilling items (09:30 - 12:00)
Visit recycling centres and see how you can reclaim and recycle everyday items. On the course, you will look at how things end up in the recycling centre and how to make things useful again. You will learn about the environment and develop skills in hand-eye coordination, valuing money and you will also have the opportunity to sell and market our revamped items!

Nature and the Environment (13:00 - 15:30)

Visit different green spaces across the borough and the natural world around you. On the course, you will look at all the things that impact on nature and the environment. You will learn more about nature, the different seasons and local wildlife.


Travel and Geography (09:30 - 15:30)
This course is ideal if you are interested in travel and learning about different places. You will look at travel, different countries and their customs, especially if you like to go on holidays or if you have friends and family living in different places. On this course, you will develop your planning skills, decision-making skills, communication and social skills and you will engage in debates and presentations.



Art and Creative Skills (09:30 - 12:00)
Develop your creative skills with a variety of art mediums. You will develop social skills, hand-eye coordination and communication skills.

Health and Exercise (13:00 - 15:30)
This course is ideal if you want to have a healthy lifestyle. You will learn about healthy eating and how exercise can improve your health. The course will give you opportunities to participate in different exercises, from walking to badminton as well as spending part of the course cooking different recipes. Health and dietary information are required to ensure learners’ safety on the course.




Photography (09:30 - 15:30)
Go out and about in the borough taking photos which will form a photographic directory. This will help people to get around the borough safely and encourage independence. Everyone on the course will be involved in editing and designing the directory in order to develop your ICT skills.




Bower Park Centre
472 Havering Road
Essex RM1 4HR
Phone : 01708 434 955

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Enrolment Times (excluding Bank Holidays)

Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 9:00pm (excludes Wednesday evening at Brittons Centre)

Friday 9:00am - 3:30pm Places are limited so enrol early to avoid disappointment.

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