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Life Skills

To further support access to additional post-16 pathways, and to support vulnerable pupils in managing without the support they receive whilst in full time education, we have scheduled a number of Life Skills sessions, in collaboration with a number of external providers. 

These are:-

  • First Aid (St John's Ambulance)
  • Enhanced communication skills:- Introduction to Deafness and Deaf Awareness, BSL alphabet, Basic BSL signs (Interpreting Solutions)
  • Self Defence (Complete Martial Arts)
  • Careers and CV Writing
  • Creative writing and Graffiti Art (Baby People)
  • Healthy, Nutrition & Exercise (DCCT)

The planned sessions will prepare vulnerable pupils for life outside compulsory education and will upskill in areas of personal care, wellbeing and safety. We aim to inspire our pupils to develop feelings of self-worth and a sense of belonging in the community in which they live.

The sessions are planned in small groups to allow for interpersonal skills and communication development. Each unit will cover a half term to improve pupils' engagement over a set period of time, ensuring they can achieve recognition of their input.

Drawing on external providers, the activities utilise specialists who ensure some of the most challenging and vulnerable young people in the city have access to activities that develop resilience and empathy with others- thus, providing opportunities that will allow them to serve the local community. For example, 

Self-Defence (Complete Martial Arts)

Running in addition to PE, pupils attend self-defence training over a half-term.  This improves their fitness and coordination which, in turn, leads to a confidence and self-esteem boost. The sessions are delivered by a qualified mixed-martial arts instructor in an appropriate setting so pupils feel able to engage without the fear of other pupils watching. Self-Defence teaches concentration and discipline, which some of our pupils lack in their approach to leaving their studies. Furthermore, following instructions, interacting with others and being respectful are essential qualities shaped during a Self-Defence session which allows our learners to grow personally as responsible members of the community.

First Aid (St John's Ambulance)

We offer pupils a range of modules focussing on basic first aid. These are led by a qualified instructor provided by the St John Ambulance. This will ensure quality and lead to certification. The sessions run for a half term as part of a varied programme of activities and will be supported by a member of our team to boost confidence.

The impact on our pupils is, not only acquiring knowledge of first aid (thus, improving their safety and resilience) but providing them with opportunities to interact with the community and increase their sense of purpose. 

Enhanced communication skills: Introduction to Deafness and Deaf Awareness, BSL alphabet, Basic BSL signs (Interpreting Solutions)

Most of our pupils are compassionate and caring towards other. Once they have settled in to the academy, they adopt our inclusive philosophy and some have attended work experience at a local special school. 

The sessions cover 3 topics areas to raise awareness of deafness and to upskill our pupils to be able to communicate with those who have hearing/communication difficulties. This not only has impact on confidence and self-esteem,  but allows our pupils to interact positively with some members of the community who may be excluded.

Careers and CV Writing

We spend a lot of time inspiring pupils to move on to solid post-16 pathways. Many of our pupils lack confidence and self-esteem due to gaps in their education and so do not always seek post 16 opportunities that they desire. 

We work with an experienced ex-colleague to create engaging CV's and cover letters whilst improving knowledge and confidence in interviews. Weekly sessions at a pivotal time for post-16 applications focus on practising interview techniques which cultivate pupils' ability to present themselves in front of a stranger. 

Creative writing and Graffiti Art (Baby People)

At Baby People, pupils will learn the fundamentals of creating music and creative writing. They will take part in lyric writing workshops and music technology enabling them to compose their own pieces from scratch using various production DAWS and equipment. Pupils will learn to express themselves through lyrics and creative writing as well as pick up sound engineering skills. Other creative arts activities will also be explored such as video production, illustration and design.

All of the sessions work towards an end product or performance (finished music tracks, graffiti work). 

Healthy, Nutrition and Exercise (DCCT)

Working with Derby County Community Trust (DCCT), pupils will undertake a range of physical activities and workshops. Weekly sessions will develop pupils understanding of healthy eating for effective weight management, reducing sedentary behaviour whilst improving self-esteem and teamwork through a variety of games.