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Independent Living Skills provides a variety of programmes that are diverse and inclusive, being tailored to the Individual Learning Goals and Destination Pathway of the student, in order to maximise their potential towards Independence.
Programmes involve structured and unstructured elements that are formally appraised and recorded.
Functional Skills - English, maths and ICT - as well as Every Citizen Matters, Equality of Opportunity, Safeguarding, working with others and problem solving, are embedded within each programme.
Support is provided to develop self-advocacy and social skills and the ability to function as independently as possible. Students gain the confidence to make their own decisions, take personal responsibility for their own actions and gain knowledge of their rights as individuals. Emphasis is placed on developing effective relationships with others and taking responsibility for their own welfare and leisure time.
Community Access, Healthy Living, Personal Presentation and Lifestyle sessions are an essential element of each studentís programme.
Community Access sessions concentrate on introducing students to the local community and developing the skills for effective integration; road safety and the use of public transport form an integral part of the work.
In Healthy Living sessions, students work on a variety of topics including diet and exercise. Each term, a cross-college Healthy Living Day is held, to highlight different themes associated with Being Healthy.
Personal Presentation concentrates on employability skills such as the choice of appropriate clothes for work, personal hygiene and interview techniques.
Lifestyle sessions provide a holistic approach to student well-being. This includes learning relaxation techniques such as Tai Chi and massage and students are encouraged to explore Lifestyle therapies offered in the local community.
Students can also undertake Survival Skills sessions with emphasis on topics such as home security and household emergencies.
The curriculum teaches students the skills needed to live more independently including keeping safe, travel training, cooking, basic cleaning, laundry, money handling and shopping.
- Edexcel PSD Award at Entry Level 2 and 3
- Edexcel PSD Personal Progress Award
- British Red Cross - Every Day First Aid