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Life Skills

At Swanwick School and Sports College we believe in providing a Life Skills curriculum that is embedded throughout all that we offer. Our programme of study focuses on preparing our students to become successful, resilient, productive individuals that can succeed in the ever changing climate of the 21st century.

The Life Skills curriculum centres on nine essential skills that will enable our young people to enjoy, achieve and exceed creating a well-rounded, self-aware young person.

The Life Skills curriculum has been specifically designed to promote independent living skills, safeguarding and everyday essential skills. The curriculum has been broken down into nine key areas; time, money, interpersonal, friendships, home management, travel, shopping, hobbies and personal skills. The curriculum has also been split into Primary, Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. This program of study allows for specific objectives to be included where appropriate as pupils’ progress through the school. The Life Skills curriculum ensures pupils are given a series of lessons that are carefully differentiated ensuring all our young people achieve their potential irrelevant of their need or ability.

At SSSC we enable our pupils to access and contribute meaningfully in society and to become as independent as possible in terms of developing their sense of self, completing everyday tasks, developing relationships and opportunities for work. Without additional support to develop these skills, pupils are at risk of becoming excluded from situations and experiences that are taken for granted by the majority of society.

Life Skills is delivered as a standalone lesson for three periods a week every Friday and it is also integrated throughout the entire SSSC curriculum. At SSSC we also have an annual week dedicated to Life Skills as well as Life Skills days that focus on specific SMSC issues relevant of this ever changing climate. In Key Stage 4 students are able to achieve a variety of qualifications within the Life Skills curriculum including the Princes Trust and Aim Awards.

Additional Curriculum and Sessions:

PSHE is an essential part of our curriculum and has been specifically designed to cater for the changing needs of our young people. PSHE is delivered as a standalone lesson once a week but also threaded throughout the curriculum on a daily basis. PSHE is delivered through a spiral approach through three specific topics under the umbrella of PSHE.

The three topics have been split into:-
• Health and Wellbeing
• Relationships
• Living in the Wider World

Relationships and Sex Education sessions take place as part of a planned curriculum within PSHE lessons. Relationships and Sex Education focuses on changes and preparing pupils for growing up. The sessions take place through a spiral approach and parent/carers are fully informed as to what will be covered before the units take place.

Objectives have been taken from the Derbyshire Healthcare Support Service, the National Curriculum and the PSHE Association. A close collaboration with the School Nurse, SSSC staff and Healthy Schools Awarding body took place to ensure the curriculum is appropriate and relevant for our young people.

The concept of a spiral approach is so student’s prior knowledge is built on, revisited and enhanced as the students’ progress throughout their education and promoting independent living.

Each objective has been carefully written to ensure age appropriate delivery is apparent irrelevant of their baseline. Subjects will be delivered sensitively and through various methods and styles. Prior knowledge will be revisited and consolidated whilst stretching students understanding with an underpinning of independence and keeping safe.

Parent/carers may withdraw pupils from all or part of Relationship and Sex and Education lessons. Further details are available in school, on request.