The Learn to Live Federation vision is that:
- Everyone will be the best that they can be
- Everyone has a voice
- No-one is excluded
Our Sixth Form aims to develop the skills necessary to ensure a smooth transition from our school to further education, employment, training and social or health care provision. Most of our Sixth Form students come from our school and may stay for up to three years, depending on their transition plan.
The Sixth Forms core aim is to prepare students for adulthood (Preparation for Adulthood agenda) and this runs throughout the curriculum and individual learner outcomes linked to their Education, Health and Care Plan Annual Review Home-School Agreement targets, ensuring that students reach their full potential. There are two curriculum pathways: Engagement Path and Subject Specific Path. These pathways continue to offer strong emphasis on developing communication and life skills and transferring and applying these in real-life context, where appropriate, pupils’ access nationally recognised qualifications in BTEC Pre-Vocational Skills and Functional Skills English, Maths and ICT. Further information about the Sixth Form curriculum can be found in our Learning to Live Curriculum Policy.
At the heart of the Sixth Form is its links with the local community, for example businesses, colleges and community groups. The curriculum encourages students to be active in their local area and where possible, learn in the community, allowing students to foster and maintain strong supportive networks that can continue beyond their school years into adulthood. This is achieved through work experience, travel training, supermarket visits, arts projects and enterprise. Enterprise activities have included a pop-up staff café, fundraising events and creating various gifts to sell such as cushions, photo frames, doorstops, jewellery …
With an extensive vocational and Careers & Enterprise Programme at the Learn to Live Federation, students are able to extend their cooking, gardening, enterprise and work-related learning skills. Our facilities, including a Sixth Form Common Room, allow students to apply their household and independent living skills in an age-appropriate learning environment. Students also take part in regular food shopping sessions linked to the purchase of ingredients for their Cooking Lessons and snack times, where they are encouraged to use their money, social and teamwork skills whilst accessing the local community. When able and appropriate, students also undertake Independent Travel Training. These lessons allow students to develop life skills which are also transferrable to the world of work.
Students, with their parents/carers, are supported in planning their transition from school through a comprehensive programme as outlined in our Careers & Enterprise Programme. There is an opportunity for some of our Sixth Form students to take part in school-based work experience which involves working alongside staff members in different job roles. Once ready, some students also take part in meaningful community-based work experience and are fully supported by our staff which allows students to get their first experience of work.
The students develop their citizenship and global awareness through fundraising, charity events, volunteering and PSHE. We also have an active School Council where students can experience and understand the democratic process and take part in decision making that will impact not only on themselves but the whole school community. Sixth Form also lead on improving our school environment, for example, helping to collect and sorting recycling across the site.
Educational visits to a variety of venues are used to enhance and support the curriculum eg to places of interest, places of worship and places to prepare for adulthood. Visitors are invited into school to support teaching and learning. Students also take part in visits to local employers and businesses in order to develop vocational skills. Local employers are also encouraged to visit the school and to deliver workshops.