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Our 24 Hour Curriculum/ STEPS Programme

24 Hour Curriculum (STEP Programme)
 

Our Residential Provision enables us to provide an extended curriculum which goes beyond the school day.  We refer to this as the 24 hour curriculum.  We believe that an extended 24 hour curriculum is crucial to the learning and development of our children and young people and that our Residential provision plays a fundamental part in implementing this curriculum.

Educational Aims

We aim to provide our children and young people with a balanced range of interesting, exciting and stimulating experiences that will allow us to concentrate on our three residential ‘STEP’ programmes. These programmes are geared towards the different age groups of children and young people, but all have a focus on the 4 key themes within the Preparing for Adulthood agenda:

  •          Independent Living
  •          Employment
  •          Community Inclusion
  •          Health

Our residential provision provides us the opportunity to take our children and young people’s learning further by giving them the opportunity to transfer and generalise their knowledge and skills learned in school and at home across groups of people and from one environment to another over a 24 hour period.

We aim to support our children and young people to:

  • Keep safe.
  • Fulfil their potential and be recognised and valued for the special qualities they bring.
  • Lead an independent life as far as they are able.
  • Communicate, interact and express their wishes and preferences.
  • Enjoy a rich quality of life.
  • Widen their awareness, knowledge and appreciation of their environment and world.
  • Maintain dignity and self-esteem as individuals.
  • Progress educationally to their full potential.
  • Become valued members of the community.

24 Hour Curriculum Overview:

 

Independent Living

Employment

Community Inclusion

Health

STEP IN

(7-13 years)

Washing and dressing

Personal hygiene

Shopping (functional maths and English)

Public transport

Road safety

Adapting to new people and environments

Real world visits (e.g. public services, looking at jobs in the community)

Meeting role models from the world of work

 

Making friends

Social interaction

Group activities

Healthy eating

Exercise

STEP UP

(7-13 years)

As above and in addition:

Budgeting

Cooking

Independent living skills

Travel training

Team games / group tasks

Real world visits (e.g. public services, looking at jobs in the community)

Meeting role models from world of work

Real world visits linked to interests

Tailored / themed workshops delivered by employers

As above and in addition:

Youth club

Online safety

Local area visits

Planning journeys

Friendships and relationships targeted work

As above and in addition:

Healthy choices

Looking after self

Basic First Aid

Puberty

RSE workshops

Activities to promote mental wellbeing

Drugs and alcohol workshops

STEP FORWARD

(14-19 years)

As above and in addition:

Mental capacity (decision making)

Life Skills

Understanding bills

Managing own time

Home safety

Understanding different living arrangements

Planning for future living arrangements

Volunteering projects

Micro businesses / enterprise projects (e.g. community café’ project)

 

As above and in addition:

Community safety

Knowing where to go for help and advice (e.g. emergency services)

Community action projects

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

As above and in addition:

Role of the GP

Understanding relationships (choices)

Learning about health appointments