Numeracy, Literacy and the Preparation for Adulthood Strands

Below are the six areas that our curriculum covers to prepare our students to live as independently as possible in adulthood.

Education, learning and employment

This area of our Post-19 provision focuses on enabling our students to have the opportunity to explore different options and skills they may have in various vocational environments. Students will have the chance to develop skills in a variety of locations, with support. The outcome being that they will be able to identify what area they would like to work in when they leave our provision and what support they will need to achieve this as independently as possible. Our focus will be on placements being a meaningful experience for the learner and leading to further opportunities in their chosen area of work.

As well as work experience students participate in social enterprises where they create products and oversee every aspect from creation to distribution. Read more about our social enterprises.

Independent Living

Our Post-19 students will all have access to facilities and activities that promote independent living and the skills necessary for it. The concept of independent living is that our students can work towards having the ability to live independently and productively within their community. We aim for students to have control over where they live, who they live with and the choices they make. They will also be able to carry out daily living skills as independently as possible, being able to maintain their living accommodation as their own.

Community Inclusion (participation and relationships)

Each student will have time within their week to access their local community or work towards accessing their local community. Community participation focuses on providing each of our students with purpose and meaning within their local area. It means they will be carrying out activities that add value to their experiences and are selected by them as something they would like to do. By working in local communities, our students build meaningful and purposeful relationships with local organisations and individuals. It provides us an opportunity to teach our students the skills they need where they need them. The aim is for them to be as independent as they can within their local community when accessing the facilities of their choice by the time they leave our provision.


The wellbeing of each student is something that we focus on throughout their time with us. Part of our delivery of the Education, Health and Care Plan involves assessing what it is they need to make them a happy, healthy adult. This will involve looking at a student’s communication, sensory and health needs and building this into their day to provide a holistic support package that can be transferred with them when they leave.

Functional Literacy

Literacy is taught explicitly and discreetly across our curriculum areas. We focus on students learning functional skills which can be applied to their daily lives. This includes elements such as completing their own personal information, writing an email or note, and creating a shopping list. We also focus on functional reading, whereby students work on accessing vocabulary linked to having their needs met. Communication is a fundamental part of our teaching and learning, and this is a core thread across all our programmes. Through the teaching of communication, our students will continue to develop greater choice and control as they progress through the service. All students complete a series of literacy units as part of their qualification or certification from ASDAN.

Functional Maths

As with literacy, numeracy is taught across all our curriculum areas. We teach specific skills and concepts which students can apply to their lives in a functional way. This includes scheduling, telling the time, measuring and reading temperatures relating to cooking and food hygiene. Numeracy is a fundamental part of our community teaching and learning. Students are taught numeracy skills related to using public transport, using money and identifying locations. All students complete a series of numeracy units as part of their qualification or certification from ASDAN.