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Independent Living Skills was set up with two main objectives:-

To provide our pupils with the opportunity to develop everyday life skills

To provide a Café for pupils to attend at break times

This part of the curriculum has been developed to support our pupils to develop everyday skills including: preparing meals from a budget, sewing, following washing label instructions, ironing, finances and personal hygiene. There are also opportunities in year 9 and above to work towards qualifications.

How does this look in practice? Well, for example, we often compare shopping in different ways such as online vs high street or supermarket. We consider various factors such as the impact on the environment and the additional costs of petrol.  We will debate the pros and cons of shopping in different supermarkets, discussing value for money and variety vs quality of food.

Reading a washing label is a great skill to learn and one where we also encourage parents to get involved. Some of our pupils love learning to iron as well.

There are also opportunities in year 9 and above to do some qualifications.

 ‘Shaz’s Café’ is available to both staff and pupils.  Pupils can take turns to work in the café, gaining valuable skills as they plan for numbers, prepare, and serve food and clean up afterwards. These are transferable and can contribute towards pupils achieving successful future employment, whatever pathway they choose.

“I love the bacon butties we can get in Shaz café. I will miss them when I leave.”

Pupil

“Pupils who attend Shaz’s Café learn valuable personal hygiene and housekeeping skills such as completing their laundry, sewing and cooking healthy snacks that support them well to lead a more independent life.”

Estyn Report – March 2020

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