Practical & 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
- Physical Development
- Life Skills
- Functional literacy and numeracy
- 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 AQA Unit Awards and ASDAN Life Skills Challenges will evidence pupils’ progress towards the key outcomes for this pathway. For some pupils within this pathway, progress within English and Maths for will be measured through Read, Write Inc. and Singapore Maths assessments. The Pre-Key Stage standards will also be used where appropriate.
Attendance and behaviour data may contribute towards a measure of pupils’ health and wellbeing. For some pupils, 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.