The school has a 16 – 19 provision (Preparation for Adulthood), which supports a small group of more vulnerable pupils from across other Kirklees special schools, who are not yet ready to move on to Kirklees College or other post 16 providers. These young people continue to develop their learning in literacy and numeracy whilst experiencing a wide range of confidence-building activities in order to develop their social skills in readiness for moving on to a college setting at the end of Year 13.
Learners in PfA follow core skills in Numeracy, Literacy and ICT over the 2 years of the course.
Learners are taught Functional Skills in these areas developing the skills needed for adult life. Functional Skills Literacy covers reading recipes, following instructions, form filling, extracting information from newspapers, journals and other publications as well as the 3 main Literacy core strands of Speaking and Listening, Reading and Writing.
Functional Skills Numeracy also covers 3 strands; geometry and measure incorporating time, money and measurement, number and statistics.
In Information Technology learners are taught how to use the computer appropriately to produce evidence and work during their lessons. Learners also address issues such online and e-safety; keeping passwords and personal information secure thus protecting themselves.
The 3 core themes of the PHSE syllabus; Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and The Wider World are addressed over the 2 year programme through, not only as discrete PSHE lessons but through other subjects such the ASDAN Personal Progress, Personal and Social Development and The Diploma in Life Skills, as an example the ASDAN unit ‘Healthy Living’ incorporates the PSHE Health and Wellbeing elements taking responsibility for their own health, maintaining a balanced diet, managing ‘new’ places and fitting in, positive mental health and many other sub-strands of the core theme.
At the end of this course, our learners will move into Further Education in a new location. There is the possibility they could access some form of independent living. The aim here is to prepare and carry out the groundwork for these moments in their lives to be as manageable as possible. Our learners will gain increasing ‘independence’ and begin to personally experience the topics or issues they have been taught throughout the programme of study.
Our learners will revisit and reinforce earlier learning through learning that ‘connects’ it to contexts that are relevant to this age group. We will provide opportunities for them to evidence their skills and attributes and extend the knowledge and understanding they have developed, ready for ‘independent living’ or the next stage in their education or career.
Below is a breakdown of the Core Themes the 2-year PfA programme will cover. Our learners will be taught how to:-
Developing independence and maturity, encouraging self-reliance and acquiring skills for life are all encompassed in the activities carried out at Batley.
Learners, through discussion, produce a mutually agreed menu, shop for the ingredients needed to make their lunch, prepare, cook and serve their lunch. We follow stringent health and safety procedure in this activity in preparation for independent living and as an introduction into the world of work.
Other skills included in this off-site activity are:-
Our Y12 and Y13 learners attend a fitness gym weekly as part of their leisure and recreation timetable. The activities introduce learners to an adult gym where cardiovascular machines and fitness equipment are used under close supervision to help improve the learners’ fitness and endurance.
Personal hygiene, diet and maintaining health and wellbeing is an important part of the post 16 programme through PSHE lessons. Our learners are taught about the benefits of regular exercise and healthy eating; learning how to look after themselves is a life skill which we hope the learners will embrace and take into adulthood.
Learners are introduced to the world of work through practical work-related skills. Students make items which are sold to staff and parents raising money for Post 16 and the school.
Jam and cream scones, various soups, onion bhaji’s, biscuits, cupcakes and samosas have all been made by learners in food technology activities.
Flower baskets, trugs and planters are made by the design technology learners and planting flowers and shrubs are part of the horticulture sessions.
Learners are encouraged to view these sessions as a ‘work’ place and learn and follow skills that may be required in true work-based setting skills such as:
Each year all PfA learners are invited to a 3-day residential, this year it was held at Bradley Wood, Brighouse. A number of activities were arranged suitable for post 16 learners, e.g. a climbing wall, Cresta run, cave bus, crate stacking to name but a few! Staff and learners shared preparation and cooking food for their meals. Unfortunately, the weather was appalling this year with 3 days of wall to wall rain but this didn’t dampen anybody’s spirit and everyone had a fantastic time!
All Year 13 learners undertake a period of work experience for 1 day per week for 6 weeks, these have been particularly successful this year with many Year 13 learners being offered extended placements and one learner being asked if she would like to work 2 days per week until she leaves Ravenshall. All work placement providers have been very enthusiastic and positive in their feedback of the learners. Our learners have taken part in post 16 work experience de-brief sessions when they are encouraged to reflect upon and evaluate the impact of their work placement. All felt they have learned many new skills.
Following the 2 years Preparation for Adulthood programme at Ravenshall, learners are ready to move onto further education with what we hope are new skills, confidence and maturity. Kirklees College Huddersfield and Kirklees College Dewsbury have been the preferred choice for learners and parents. Strong transition links are put in place to introduce learners to their ‘new’ surroundings with the intention of overcoming any possible apprehensions or anxieties the learners may have.
In conjunction with transition visits, we have incorporated independent travel skills, encouraging learners to apply for travel passes which they use to travel to and from college either by train or by bus; learning to read and check timetables, buy tickets if necessary, keeping their tickets and passes safe about their person and remembering where the bus or train stations are and how to get there, crossing roads safely and being out in the community.