The Life Skills curriculum within the KS4 Exploring Learning and Independence Pathway at Fosse Way has been designed to take into account pupils’ needs and priorities as identified in their EHCP. Alongside their EHCP pupils explore a range of learning opportunities drawing from the EQUALS ‘Moving On’ accreditation scheme, which enables pupils to be assessed and awarded nationally moderated certificates. Within the Exploring Learning and Independence Pathway at Fosse Way we aim that each student will work towards gaining confidence, and to be equipped with as high a level of personal safety and independence as possible to support them in leading a fulfilling life in the future.
Within the KS4 Exploring Learning and Independence Pathway pupils access a weekly Life Skills options group. This is based on the EQUALS ‘Moving On’ 14 – 25 curriculum. This includes units from the Independent Living Course of Study in Personal, Social, Health Education, Citizenship, Leisure and Recreation and Daily Living Skills. This affords a breadth of opportunities and coverage of the skills pupils will need in the future. For example, learning how to prepare snacks, a meal or packed lunch, how to grow plants, learning how to use every day appliances safely such as the toaster, kettle and vacuum cleaner, taking care of their clothes and using cleaning products safely, road safety and how to access transport with support.
In addition to the weekly Life Skills options group pupils are given opportunities throughout their school day to practice and embed skills meaningfully.
Learning is delivered through a wide range of multi-sensory approaches to ensure that pupils can rehearse skills and gain understanding in ways that are meaningful and relevant to them. Through ongoing feedback and celebration of achievements pupils are supported to identify how they are progressing in the development of their skills and crucially why it is important to help them in the future. Pupils are given ample opportunity to learn new vocabulary and concepts through the use of words, symbols, pictures and objects of reference depending on needs.
Students work towards nationally moderated certificates from the EQUALS ‘Moving On’ accreditation scheme. At Fosse Way, we believe that the Life Skills curriculum within the KS4 Exploring Learning and Independence Pathway provides students with the opportunity to develop the skills they will need in their future, to gain confidence and take an active part in their daily lives and self-care.
At Fosse Way the Life Skills curriculum within the KS4 Exploring Learning and Independence Pathway covers a range of skills that are relevant to the world of work: time management, using appliances safely, planning and organisational skills.
The teaching of life skills linked to independence and how these can relate to careers are communicated clearly to students, and their parents/carers. Students are supported to identify tasks they would like to practice at home. This enables students to work towards generalising skills to other settings which is an important workplace skill.