Learning for Life

Our enriching, innovative Learning for Life programme is as visual, active and relevant as the other subject areas of our 'Learn to Thrive' curriculum, with our Abbot's Way skill sets as ever underpinning the knowledge content.

'Learning for Life' is made up of 4 strands, which lend themselves to exploration and discovery through a range of activities such as pair and group work, 'Enterprise' projects and themed 'Enterprise' days.

The 4 strands run through each Learning Chapter, Spirit through Charisma, in a cyclical, layering of skills and knowledge as students encounter stepping stones through their Abbot's Way story.

  • My Future 

Next Steps --- World of Work

These two themes focus on each student's pathway and progression from their entry into and through our setting, to life beyond into adulthood and independent living.  Students gain a perspective on aspirational planning, personal goal setting and an insight into employment opportunities and their respective routes.

  • Our World

Community --- Money --- WorldWideWeb

Wider world themes and a sense of belonging are part of the heartbeat and ethos of Abbot's Way.

Intrinsic to our provision is an implicit drive to embed in our young people an interest in the richness of the world around them and the opportunities which that brings.  

It is our responsibility to assure a sound grasp of how the world works in terms of systems, values, processes and citizenship.

  • Wellbeing

Body Health --- Brain Health --- Myself --- Keeping Safe

Safety and wellbeing of all young people is paramount.  This strand of our programme focuses on personal safety and a positive mindset, with an investment into activities promoting self reflection and each student's personal traits and 'brilliance'.

  • Social Skills

Relationships --- Empathy --- Ourselves --- Keeping Safe

Our 'Social Skills' strand intertwines and supports 'Wellbeing'.  It also complements our All Embedded approach to social skills which assures across the day provision, both within our approach to learning and pastoral care, and within our specialist Therapy delivery.

Young people compare, analyse and evaluate their experiences of relationships within school, within a close family setting and within wider circles.

Different communication types are explored and scenarios encourage students to discuss, predict and debate.