Our new Community Living pathway is designed to provide a bespoke curriculum for pupils whose destination as an adult will be to live and work (potentially with support where appropriate) in their local community. The focus will be on improving practical, functional skills in these subjects which they will need in a work and life setting. The core offer will remain the same as the other pathways in which pupils enjoy Maths, English and ICT and those who choose this pathway will also continue to develop their knowledge and skills in Food Technology and Living Skills, refining their practical capabilities and independence.

This pathway offers pupils the opportunity to undertake a range of different work experience placements in areas such as sport and leisure, hospitality and catering, administration and clerical support. These placements will take place both in school and in the community with trusted employers, such as the Atrium café, who currently support our work placement programmes further up the school. Pupils will learn the knowledge and skills required to undertake these placements through class-based theory sessions that cover transferable skills such as interpersonal communication, teamwork and organisational skills.

Staff will work with pupils to develop their self-esteem and confidence, supporting pupils in these roles and judging when they are ready to take on new responsibilities and experiences. They will keep portfolios of evidence reflecting their progress and learn about specific aspects of independence and community living such as budgeting, accessing leisure facilities such as cinema’s, restaurants, keeping themselves safe and relationships.

The delivery team will nurture pupils, sensitively supporting them on an individual basis to achieve their full potential.