All of the work that we do is to achieve our core purpose. That is to see our young people develop into independent adults who are able to achieve success in their chosen field and can lead a purposeful and enjoyable life.
Developing the skills for independent adult life is, therefore, an essential element of our work throughout the school. Handling money, independent travel, being able to eat confidently in a social context and knowing where to find help for a range of everyday problems are among the many skills that we teach both in the classroom, in enrichment activities and during leisure time.
We provide a rich variety of experience and opportunities to develop these skills in the real world through visits out of school, visitors to the school and our links with other organisations such as MidKent College.
Our partnership with MidKent College enables all of our Year 10 and 11 learners to have access to a day each week in college following a vocational course, preparing them for transition post-16. This provides an invaluable opportunity not only to develop a range of vocational skills that can be applied to a variety of workplaces, but also provides a context in which our learners can develop their independence and practice the life-skills they are developing.
College based learning is an invaluable preparation for transition to post-16 education.
All Year 10 learners undertake two weeks of work experience. This is an exciting and enjoyable challenge for all our young people. It is another invaluable ‘real life’ opportunity to put into practice skills learned at school.
Another option open to our year 10 and 11 learners is to take on the study of further GCSE’s in either RE or History through an outside facilitator who takes charge of the course and assessment with an in school facilitator who helps the learners on an individual basis in their weekly lessons.
The Certificate of Personal Effectiveness is a nationally recognised qualification awarded by ASDAN. The qualifications offer imaginative ways of accrediting young people's activities. It promotes, and allows Rivermead to record a wide range of personal qualities, abilities and achievements of young people, as well as introducing them to new activities and challenges.
Rivermead offers this programme to learners in Years 10 and 11 within the school PSHE programme.
For more information about the ASDAN study programme, please visit www.asdan.org.uk/courses/qualifications/certificate-of-personal-effectiveness-level-1-and-2