Life & Social Skills
Good social skills are critical to successful functioning in life. These skills enable us to know what to say, how to make good choices, and how to behave in diverse situations. The extent to which children possess good social skills can influence their academic performance, behaviour, social and family relationships, and involvement in extracurricular activities. Social skills are also linked to the quality of the school environment and school safety.
While most children pick up positive skills through their everyday interactions with adults and peers, within Trinity School and College, teachers, instructors and tutors understand the importance of reinforcing this casual learning with direct and indirect instruction within a cross dimensional learning provision.
Trinity School and College through the Curriculum for Life, Personal and Social Development and the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness, teach children and young people the important interpersonal skills for positive safe relationships and friendships. Trinity views itself as a partner in facilitating he development of life and social skills with the instruction, guidance and role modelling happening within the home.
The Speech, Language and Communication Therapy team work closely with the school to provide opportunities for social interaction and engagement in the development of life and social skills during those ‘non-structured’ times such as break and lunchtime. These activities create a range of scenarios which develop the skills for communication, relationships, problem solving and working with others.
Consequences of Good Social Skills
With developing social skills, students have the ability to make social choices that will strengthen their interpersonal relationships and facilitate success in school. As a result of the focus on the development of social skills our learners have access to a positive and safe school environment. Recently learners were able to contribute to the portfolio which achieved the Bullying Intervention Group Award.
Student Voice has significant say in the responsibility for promoting school safety. Safeguarding education is promoted through Student Voice and supplemented through an extensive range of Safeguarding Training, Citizenship Day Activities, Learning Outside the Classroom and the Curriculum for Life programme. Within the College and Gateway provision, young people are developing their discussion and debating skills as weekly they consider key news items and discuss their impact on the immediate Community, the British Society and the Wider World.
Promoting an openness within a trusting learning environment enables learners with mental health issues of anxiety or adjustment disorders to discuss their concerns and work with the professional team to address the issues and develop strategies for life.
Some students have worked towards Mentoring Short Course Certificates with the College Counsellor.
Impact on School Safety
Given the demonstrated relationship between social skills and school safety, Trinity School and College provides a range of learning opportunities to support learners develop positive life and social skills, both in school and in the community.
Within Counselling, Emotional Wellbeing, Coaching, Mentoring and Restorative Practice sessions, life and social skills are developed supporting learners ability to :
- Manage anger and frustration
- Recognising/understanding others’ point of view
- Develop Life and Social problem solving
- Negotiated and compromise with peers
- Develop resilience and resistance skills
- Apply active listening and effective communication skills to a range of circumstances and audiences
- Increase acceptance and tolerance of different groups.
Literacy and Numeracy skills are promoted in the English and Mathematics curriculum, and together with Computing (ICT), learners achieve a range of functional skills ELC, Level 1 and 2 qualifications.
See Curriculum for Life.
Recognising Achievement of Life and Social Skills
The Life and Social Skills Curriculum is evidenced through the ASDAN’s established Personal Development Programmes (Bronze and Silver) which allows learners to record their development of life and social skills, certificating young people’s personal qualities, abilities, skills and achievements through a range of activities and challenges presented both within the school and in the community.
“I very much want my son to be in a situation where his needs will not only be met but also understood. He needs the tools which will enable him to fulfil his potential.”
The accreditation supporting the Life Skills programme within Trinity School and College.
ASDAN’s established Personal Development Programmes (Bronze, Silver and Gold) offer imaginative ways of developing, recording and certificating a wide range of young people’s personal qualities, abilities and achievements, as well as introducing them to new activities and challenges. All the programmes link to nationally recognised qualifications.
Preparation for life is at the heart of learning at Trinity School and College. The students who have personalised learning programmes, all share this common goal. At different levels of maturity and age, students have individual targets to support their learning for life.
At Key Stage 3 students focus on the achievement of life skills recognised within the ASDAN Bronze Award, and within Key Stage 4 students progress to the achievement of the Silver Award. At College the focus changes to the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness at Level 1 and 2 together with independent living and thinking skills, community studies and employability.
ASDAN courses features along the more traditional GCSE programmes in order to provide a person focused range of qualifications for life, further education and employment.
The School and College also runs ASDAN Short Courses in Careers, Experiencing Work (see Careers section) and Enterprise, Sports and Fitness, Roadwise and FoodWise.
The student voice is highly respected within Trinity School and College, and students value the opportunities they have to drive the curriculum in the way they want to do, to suit their own needs and interests. Our students need to be active in society when they leave us and therefore Trinity School and College apply common sense and practicality to the teaching and learning provision.
We at Trinity School and College always receive very positive feedback on our students when they leave our school/college for further education, training or employment. Indeed, we always receive positive feedback from all the out of schools trips that we do at a range of different venues and activities (see outings and activities).