The Independent Living skills (ILS) department aims to empower students in the real world. They will feel encouraged to improve their self-help capability, critical thinking and develop fine and gross motor skills performing daily tasks that can help to lead to independent living. Many students gain vocational and employability skills during their journey at Newfriars College, but most importantly they increase their confidence and self-esteem to embrace life and fulfill their potential.
The ILS lessons are extremely dynamic and planed carefully to cater to all students’ abilities. We have a range of tailored resources that allow interactivity, participation and sensorial engagement. Students follow internal accreditations and external qualifications such as NCFE Entries 1 to Level 2, many progressing to work placements. ILS provides a wide range of learning opportunities. Students access the local community for shopping and many are able to apply transferable numeracy skills such as handling money and managing budgets. They are also stimulated to improve their social and communication skills when carrying out practical tasks, working independently or as part of a team.
ILS is an essential subject for students and helps them to understand that independent skills have many facets; it is a continuous challenging process but extremely rewarding.