Getting ready for life
At Coxlease School, we aim to give all pupils the opportunity to develop their vocational skills, helping to smooth the transition into further education, training or employment. We offer a wide range of vocational programmes so that our pupils gain more of an understanding of the world of work and can start to learn valuable social, communication, life and practical skills to support their transition into adulthood.
Integrating life skills into the curriculum
The curriculum delivered at Coxlease School integrates ensures life skills are well-integrated into pupils’ timetables, through:
- Citizenship lessons
- PSHE lessons
- SRE lessons
- Certificate of Personal Effectiveness (CoPE)
- Introducing the Individual Skills for Life Planner for Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 pupils
- Offering the ‘Towards Independence’ module (part of ASDAN Bronze & Silver qualifications)
- Meeting a careers advisor (via links with Southampton City College)
All KS4 pupils are given the opportunity to take part in the annual Young Enterprise scheme. This programme gives young people the opportunity for ‘hands on’ experience in the business world as they set up and run a business using a small loan from the school. Young Enterprise helps pupils to develop a range of life skills, including communication, team work, negotiation and social skills.
Building independence skills to achieve economic well-being
In line with the Children (Leaving Care) Act 2000, and the Children Act 2004 in working to ‘Achieve Economic Well-Being’, Coxlease School supports young people to develop the life and independence (as well as the academic) skills required to reach their potential. The school offers a range of initiatives to help develop the skills pupils require to become successful members of society, including:
- A variety of life skills training courses, including the Diploma in Life Skills
- ASDAN towards independence modules
- Priory Individual Skills for Life Planner for Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 pupils
- Supporting pupils to look at the employment and career options available to them
- Providing independent travel training to those who require it
- Organising college and university taster days
Coxlease School aims to equip pupils with the confidence to communicate their ideas and opinions in a constructive manner which is likely to bring about positive change. We encourage our young people to discuss any concerns or opinions directly with staff, through day-to-day conversations, key worker sessions and children and young people’s meetings.
Pupils are also encouraged to take part in our school council meetings which are held every six weeks to discuss issues affecting the running of the school. The council also receives a £50 budget each term, which members can choose to spend as they see fit.
Proven success in preparing young people for adulthood
Coxlease School is committed to ensuring that our pupils are able to be a part of, and give back to, their local community after they leave us. Since 2012, each and every pupil that has left Coxlease School has gone on to further education, employment or training. We are proud of this outstanding track record, which shows the school is well-equipped to prepare young people to re-engage with the community and become successful citizens.