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Skills For Life

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Life Skills

Independent Living

Students are taught a range of independent living skills including cooking, shopping, cleaning and washing skills.  Their progress is recorded and evidenced through our Life Skills strand on Evidence for Learning.


To accredit this subject ASDAN modules are offered in Independent Living (Introduction and Progression) and Meal Preparation. Students initially learn to make a simple sandwich or snack that they could make themselves and progress to heating food in the microwave and learning to follow the instructions on packets. Students shop for their food weekly, either online or in person. They learn to find an item in a shop and many progress to planning and writing their individual shopping lists.


Students learn skills including where to store fresh, packet and frozen food, the safe use of appliances and equipment, hygiene associated with food preparation and safety in the kitchen and the community.


Students recently designed and furnished our new flat. This has a bed and wardrobes in and has been used to extend the range of independent living skills that students learn.


Functional maths opportunities include the use and handling of money, using timing and temperatures when cooking and counting opportunities. Reading and writing opportunities include the writing of lists, using a picture/symbol/written shopping list, writing instructions, reading packets and recipes