Next Steps Event - Thursday 25th April 5pm-7pm

Curriculum Information

Preparation for Adult Life


We aim for all our students to develop functional skills for living so each of them is able to lead a fulfilling and substantially independent life. We recognise that for our young people every experience may provide a learning experience. Our approach to teaching functional skills and life skills is at the core of our curriculum where our framework can be taught within the programmes of study and the schemes of work.

Input from the therapists and other professionals, supports the delivery of the life skills curriculum through personal programmes. Areas such as life skills and communication are very weighted towards support from therapists.

The life skills curriculum is not seen as linear learning, rather, it is a broad framework in which each young person works. The pathways will be determined by each individual’s;

  •        outcomes on their EHCP and Destination Led Plan
  •        strengths and areas of development
  •        own need as assessed by the parents, staff, therapists, professionals and where possible, the young person


Our FE curriculum includes ample opportunity to develop life skills through the experience of daily activities both on and off site. Furthermore, there is a key focus to each topic or area taught and these are integrated across the day in addition to discrete sessions. There is a strong emphasis on working in partnership with families to ensure the teaching of life skills span across the student’s day including before and after school.

The FE curriculum is divided into three broad areas of learning which cover:

  •        Independence
  •        Learning
  •        Social Understanding


 Independence towards Adulthood

Independent Living

Getting ready for a supported independent life as an adult

Personal Safety

Recognising risky situations and how to manage them safely and how to get help

Road Safety & Travel

Recognising how to be safe in the community when travelling and getting ready for independent travel

Keeping Healthy

Recognising how to remain healthy through exercise, diet and well-being

Personal Care

Building independent functional skills



Recognising different aspects of leisure and identifying ways and means to navigate and enjoy leisure activities

Work Skills

Getting ready for the world of work



 Learning towards Adulthood

Organisation and learning skills

Building skills to become an independent learner or engage in learning independently in whatever method is appropriate to the individual.

Motivation and engagement

Building attention skills and engagement skills and developing resilience in persevering with tasks

Routines and expectations

Recognising and understanding there are different expectations across different settings.

Evaluating own learning

Building self-esteem and self-awareness

 Social Understanding towards Adulthood

Coping with change

Building resilience to manage changes


Building resilience to manage transitions

Special interests

Understanding own special interests and their significance on mental health and well-being

Play & Choosing time

Shaping learning

Thinking & problem solving


Developing memory to understanding to application to analyse, evaluate & create