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Preparation for Adulthood

How we deliver Preparation for Adulthood at Bents Green School

By following the ASDAN LifeSkills Challenges (Y7-11) and ASDAN Personal Progress (Post 16) approx. 1 challenge per half-term.

Each Pathway follows the same focus learning (community inclusion and independent living and housing/employment/good health) at the relevant ability level (working towards Entry Level 1, Entry Level 1, Entry Level 2, Entry Level 3) 

Each year group will have the following focus, taught within class groups: 

Year 7-10 at Ringinglow: 

Year 7 – Road crossing, enterprise, mental health, finding out about jobs, using transport/bus, health and fitness activities  

Year 8 – Understanding and using money, understanding business, personal safety in the community, recognising/understanding logos, shopping, leisure activities  

Year 9 – Visiting a museum, developing world of work skills, wellbeing, people who help us/how people help us, community organisations, healthy eating  

Year 10 – Using technology to communicate, employability and workplace/work standards, healthy body and mind activities/health and hygiene, developing world of work skills, supermarket shopping, first aid kit/basic first aid/health services 

Year 11  and Post 16 at Gleadless: 

Year 11 – Eating in the community, exploring job opportunities, developing health and hygiene skills, work experience, developing Functional Skills – Going Places, healthy active lifestyles 

Year 12 – Travel within the community, Using a community facility over a period of time, Developing community participation skills: Participating in sporting activities. Developing community participation skills: Personal enrichment  

Year 13 – Developing community participation skills: Getting out and about, Developing community participation skills: Caring for the environment, Using local health services and consolidation/transition 

Post 16 at Gleadless: 

Year 1 – Using public transport, Exploring an occupational sector, Skills for shopping, Recognising voluntary organisations, The local community and Planning for personal development 

Year 2 – Travel safety awareness, Recognising employment opportunities, Shopping for your home, Skills for gaining employment, Discover local history and Planning and reviewing for personal development   

The delivery and content of Preparation for Adulthood meets the Gatsby Benchmarks: 

  1. A stable careers programme – Following this statement and the scheme of work – a balanced curriculum of education and guidance  

  1. Learning from career and labour market information – Visitors into school and class visits will help provide some of this information 

  1. Addressing the needs of each student- Each student will be on a pathway to address and meet student need 

  1. Linking curriculum learning to careers – Further work required within other curriculum areas   

  1. Encounters with employers and employees - Expand the students’ worlds/have a greater knowledge of the world (opening their minds) – World of Work (WOW) days/events/National Careers Week events. To develop partnerships with external partnerships, and officially name ones that want this as Industry Champions. Raising aspirations 

  1. Experiences of workplaces – visit some of the places that have come into school – look, experience, ask questions. Supporting readiness for employment  

  1. Encounters with further and higher education – Visits and experiences to Post 16/Sheffield College/Sheffield Hallam University and The University of Sheffield open days/activities/educational activities. Raising aspirations  

  1. Personal guidance – Impartial guidance provided from Year 9 onwards within each student’s Annual Review meeting.  

What we want our students to achieve 

To prepare the students for their futures, transitioning from childhood to adulthood and to develop skills and abilities practically in the following ways:

SCERTS – social communication (and interaction), emotional regulation (developing coping strategies and therefore reducing anxiety) and transactional support 

Relevant life  and independence skills 

Decision making and problem solving skills 

Confidence and resilience skills  

Teamwork and collaboration skills  

Employability skills, in an ever changing world 

Further develop literacy and numeracy skills (and to transfer these skills from classroom based learning to more functional and practical applications) 

What difference is the Preparation for Adulthood curriculum making to our students

Being relevant and transferable to the students’ future lives - enables them to develop key life skills that will help prepare them for their futures 

Allow our students to achieve relevant accreditation such as;

  • ASDAN LifeSkills Challenges (Y7-11 at Ringinglow and Gleadless)
  • ASDAN Personal Progress (Post 16 at Gleadless site) 
  • ASDAN Certificate in Personal and Social Development (Westfield Hub)

Allows our students to progress and develop skills, this is especially important for students with low levels of literacy who require very high levels of support to access classroom-based learning to achieve more independently and practically. 

Allows for skills and knowledge learnt within a classroom setting to be repeated and consolidated in a practical way. 

Builds resilience and self-confidence. 

Supports communication and social interaction through structured sessions. 

Enables our students to make educated and informed choices.

Reinforces healthy choices – walking to a park and doing physical activities and making healthy food and drink choices – links to National Healthy School/ PSD/ PE 

Reinforces geographical knowledge of local and typical/common areas using geography and PSD skills. 

Careers events in school can link to other curriculum areas e.g. Construction visitors/activity links with Science & Maths, secret visits to WOW mornings linked with English skills and PSD (questioning and teamwork skills) 

Allows for visitors met in school to be visited in their workplace (widens their world, WOW, PSD safer strangers) 

Helping our students be prepared for their futures - allowing for transition visits to Post 16/college/AP/bespoke provisions.

Promotes connections and partnerships with others – safer strangers. 

Skill development across the areas of community inclusion, independent living and housing, employment and good health will aid students to become more employable and more prepared for their futures. 

All encounters with employees and employers make the students more employable in their futures.