This means that pupils are supported to develop practical life skills as part of the curriculum. It became apparent that Sean was keen to develop some new skills outside the classroom so we created a new focus for him to allow him this opportunity.
Sean enjoys helping others and had formed a positive relationship with our school cook, Lorraine. It naturally evolved that Sean started to help out in the dining hall during snack time by getting the fruit ready. He enjoyed this experience so much that he then began helping out at lunch time too and gradually took on more responsibility in his new role. For Sean, this work experience is extremely valuable as it allows him to reinforce what he learns in the classroom with hands on experience. For example when drying the cutlery, it is an opportunity to practice maths skills, with Lorraine encouraging Sean to count as he puts the cutlery away in the drawer.
Sean has developed increased communication and problem solving abilities as a result of his work with Lorraine. He continues to help out in the dining hall and we hope to develop this further in the local community as the next step in his learning journey.