Life Skills is our new real world skills-based learning programme. An ASDAN accredited course, it takes place over a single term and aims to build experience and improve self-esteem.
Who would benefit from the course?
Life Skills is for pupils who:
- Have struggled in a classroom setting, have learning difficulties or challenging behaviour
- Would benefit from developing a sense of personal achievement and confidence building
- 1 course term of 6-8 weeks
- 2 hours per session
- Up to 16 young people
- £16 per child per session (minimum £128)
Each week covers a different topic including outdoor cooking, gardening history, biology, geography, nature-based art. This is a flexible and scalable programme that can be adapted to the needs of your pupils.
The sessions are led by two trained members of Earth Trust staff, along with a prearranged number of school staff or youth workers. Our staff are first aid trained and DBS checked, and have experience of working with young people with SEND support needs.
Earth Trust is a really important part of our therapeutic curriculum for many reasons. At the most obvious level, students are able to learn about nature and the environment whilst building practical skills through hands-on activities, enjoying the chance to be out and about in the open air.
However, these opportunities are especially valuable for our students at a much deeper level; enabling them to grow in confidence and self-esteem as they learn new skills, build resilience, develop social and interpersonal skills, collaborate with each other and foster an understanding of how their actions impact each other and the world around them.
Sam Raw, Lead Teacher, The Castle School in Theale