AFK College: a new model for SEND education

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my AFK wants to open a new school - AFK College. All we need is the agreement of local authorities and the Government!

Disabled young people are significantly less likely to be in employment. The statistics are clear:


  • only 50% of disabled adults are in paid work, compared to nearly 80% of non-disabled adults;
  • only 32% of autistic adults are in paid work, falling to 16% for full-time work;
  • only 5.7% of supported adults with a learning disability in England are in paid work, a figure which has been falling for the last 3 years.


Sadly, these statistics show that current approaches to 16-19 education are failing to prepare many disabled young people for work and independent living.

Creating a new type of school

We believe that post-16 education for disabled young people needs to change urgently in order to close the “disability employment gap” and to enable them to thrive in later life.


my AFK has developed a radical new model of a special school for students aged 16-19, focused on preparing students for work and for living as independently as possible. The school would primarily be for young people with learning disabilities, autism and communication/interaction difficulties.

About AFK College

Our vision is of a new type of school for disabled students, which provides them with essential skills, attitudes, and opportunities to increase their personal aspirations and life chances. With this preparation they could lead more fulfilled, healthy and stimulating lives – ones they choose for themselves – until they retire, and beyond.


We are hoping that the Government will approve our proposal for AFK College within the next 9 months. If it is approved, then it could open as soon as September 2021.

More Information

More details about our proposal can be found in our document Creating a new model of 16-19 education for students with SEND.


Please direct any enquiries about AFK College to Graham Duncan by email at or phone 0776 458 6173.

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