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P16 Independent Living Skills

Supporting the transition from childhood to adulthood is an important part of the role of Post 16. The programme is person-centred with students setting their own goals to work towards. Our focus is to help young adults with moderate to severe learning difficulties to become as self-sufficient as possible, from money management to shopping, from planning a social life to arranging and directing any support that they need. They develop skills for independent living, such as problem solving, decision making, risk management and communication. Students gain practical experience of budgeting, shopping, preparing meals, carrying out domestic chores and taking responsibility for their own personal care. 

The development of these skills runs throughout the whole Post 16 curriculum with an emphasis being placed on the more practical skills in specific independent living sessions.

The Independent Living Skills curriculum includes the development of pupils thinking and problem solving skills including:

  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Self advocacy
  • Applying English, maths and ICT to real world contexts


Students can achieve AQA Unit Awards and ASDAN Towards Independence modules through this curriculum area

The Independent Living Skills curriculum has been divided into three main areas: Independence in the Home, Independence in the Community and Personal Care.

Please see the document at the foot of the page for further details.