This year there will be four English groups so that the needs of girls with different abilities can be met. Some students will work towards OCR Functional Skills at Entry 1, 2, 3 and Level 1. This will involve in-class assessments in Reading, Writing and Speaking and Listening. Tasks will be set with an emphasis on language structure, format, spellings, punctuation and grammar. Some girls will practise working under timed exam conditions in preparation for exams. The first set of examinations will be completed by the end of the Autumn Term.
Non – exam students will be working on basic literacy skills through communication, reading and writing drawing on strategies learned in Speech and Language Therapy.
We will be working on the curriculum for Functional Skills Maths at Entry Level. There are awards at Entry 1,2 and 3 and Level 1. These qualifications build on the knowledge of number, money and time in everyday contexts.
Also, the pupils will continue to develop their everyday functional maths to help understand money, finance and time.
An emphasis will be placed on teambuilding to support relationships within peer groups. Opportunities will be offered outside of school to participate in outdoor and adventurous activities. Some Post 16 students will continue with BTEC Sport and Active Leisure units to gain further credits, through leadership and healthy lifestyles. A wide range of activities will be offered to ensure a broad curriculum is accessible to students.
Post 16 students are split into three groups. Each group will access all sections of study during the year:
1.Health and hygiene; skin, hair and make-up; Body image and self-esteem; Peer pressure and assertiveness; Relationships and bullying; Child Sexual Exploitation; Domestic Violence (teenage relationships); Use of devices and Internet safety.
2.Families and related issues; Relationships; Contraception and conception; HIVs and STIs; Pregnancy and birth, including diet, exercise and effects of drugs; Medicines and Drugs; Keeping safe.
3.Safety in the home/road/water/fire; First Aid and dealing with emergencies; Caring for others in the community, including disabled and elderly; Housing and the homeless; Crime and its consequences; Knife crime; Racism.
Students will work in small groups according to their individual needs and abilities.
Groups of Post 16 girls will visit a range places of interest out in the Community. These visits will take place on Mondays and Fridays. The aim of these visits is to have fun while developing Independence Skills; to improve numeracy and skills using money and time; to develop skills in literacy including reading, writing, speaking and listening and to improve social skills whilst building confidence. Girls will have opportunities to do some independent travel training.
A group of Post 16 students will take part in a range of practical activities to develop their Independent Living Skills. They will contribute ideas to discussions and then plan to make simple lunches each Friday. Girls will go shopping to buy ingredients, prepare the food and enjoy developing their social skills as they eat lunch with their friends. They will work in a team to clean and clear up the cookery room following their sessions.
Post 16 students will prepare for Work Experience by following the British Council Health and Safety Course at Entry Level 3. In the second part of the term some girls will begin work experience every Monday or Friday, travelling independently from home. Prior to beginning work experience the girls will have made some choices about the kind of work they would like to try out. They will prepare for and attend an interview with an employer so that they can find out as much information about the work placement as possible. They will be encouraged to keep a detailed diary of their activities at work throughout the year.
There will be several groups of girls attending different colleges as part of our Link Course Program. These College links will take place on Mondays and Fridays. Initially, girls will be accompanied by Alfriston’s support staff. Whilst at College the girls will be involved in a variety of activities, including Literacy and Numeracy. They will gradually feel more comfortable in the college environment and this will aid them in their transition from Alfriston to college in the future. The school will ensure that the girls are developing new skills and making progress whilst at college through close liaison with college staff who will report back regularly to school.
SKILLS FOR LIFE
Post 16 students will work in three groups completing one of three units per term.
The units will be as follows:
Unit 1: Budgeting and Finance
Girls will be learning how to look after their money. This will include making a simple budget to include paying essential bills, shopping for essential items and planning for outings and experiences. Girls will learn about banking, using debit and credit cards and understanding their bank statement.
Unit 2: Mindfulness – Mindfulness involves training our attention to experience the present moment with greater curiosity and kindness. This helps us to not only appreciate what is going well but to respond more skilfully in the here and now to life’s inevitable challenges. Post 16 girls will follow a ten week .b Mindfulness course and be encouraged to use their training to support their daily life.
Unit 3: Careers – Students will be involved in developing skills needed to complete application forms and CVs. They will look at their own skills and qualities and find out more about different jobs, especially those they are interested in. They will meet with the Connexions Advisor at school and take part in Work Shadowing Exercises.
In years 10, 11 and Post 16 students are timetabled together on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. During this time, they work on a range of termly or half termly activities for which they can express a preference. Some of these activities are accredited and some are unaccredited. For the accredited units the specifications used include BTEC Vocational studies (Entry 3 and Level 1), BTEC Skills for Independence and Work (Level 2) and GCSE Art & Design and GCSE Photography. The units cover subjects including Art and design, Performing Arts, PE (including sports leadership), outdoor activities, Caring for Children, Land Based Studies, Travel and Tourism, Creative Media Production and History.