Practical & Life Skills Pathway

Use the links to the right to access the pages for each class in the Life Skills Pathway

The Practical and Life Skills Pathway 

This pathway is designed to meet the needs of pupils facing severe barriers to learning. Teaching focuses on supporting pupils to engage with practical skills that are needed in adult life and will enable the individual to access social, cultural and leisure activities beyond school. For some pupils, the practical skills will have an application to vocational enterprises. As self-confidence grows, levels of support are reduced and new challenges are offered to widen pupils’ skill-base. Teaching focuses on developing pupils’ skills in five key areas:

  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication
  • Physical Development
  • Life Skills
  • Functional literacy and numeracy

Key Outcomes

  • Pupils learn functional numeracy and literacy skills
  • Pupils learn to follow basic instructions
  • Pupils learn to respect social boundaries
  • Pupils will be supported to maintain a healthy body and mind
  • Pupils learn to observe safety protocols
  • Pupils engage in a variety of internal work experience opportunities
  • Pupils learn skills that will enable them to live as independently as possible
  • Pupils complete accredited AQA and/or ASDAN units of study
  • Pupils engage with community based social, cultural and leisure activities and where possible, work experience
  • Pupils develop an awareness of their environment through trips into the local community and outdoor learning opportunities



Progress towards Personal Goals that link to EHCP targets will be reviewed at Pupil Progress Meetings and evidenced through the Interactive Learning Diary. In addition, successful completion of ASDAN Life Skills Challenge will evidence pupils’ progress towards the key outcomes. Attendance and behaviour data may contribute towards a measure of pupils’ health and wellbeing. Where appropriate, SALT, OT and Physiotherapists’ reports will be used to evidence progress towards key outcomes.


We currently have a statutory obligation to assess pupils against the Pre-Key Stage Standards at the end of Year 2 and Year 6.