Axis – Turning Point

To ensure all our students have the best chances to progress onto meaningful employment, we are dedicated to making ALL students functional and able to access the wider world. We will support all staff so that they understand and accept their fundamental role in developing the literacy and numeracy skills across the Academy. To achieve this we intend to embed a Literacy and Numeracy framework (LNF) throughout the school, and across the curriculum. We understand and acknowledge that the development of literacy & numeracy skills, for younger students in particular, can be more erratic, effective cross-curriculum planning of core literacy and numeracy skills, together with a framework for continued development, is crucial for all students.  The LNF will build on the knowledge and quality practice established at TFA, which builds on the positive steps made by staff, informing high-quality practice, and sharing this across the school.

The LNF develops continuously; this results in coherent approaches to developing literacy and numeracy across the curriculum, and requires teachers of any subject to provide reinforcing opportunities for students.

Life skills describe a capacity for adaptive and positive behaviour that will enable our students to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life.They include social, emotional, and thinking skills such as self-awareness, empathy, critical thinking, decision-making, and coping with stress all within the following areas, particularly focused through our work skills and PSHE.

These include

  • Travelling independently – learning how to use public transport facilitating students travelling to school independently; planning trips and itineraries for residential visits.
  • Living independently – understanding how to pay bills and set up direct debits; understanding credit ratings; having a personal bank account; looking at basic needs, and how to shop appropriately; developing a greater sense of self-awareness and appreciation for others.
  • Domestic skills – carrying out household chores, and understanding why it is important; how to take care of basic maintenance & repair; how to shop and prepare food; how to stay safe at home, especially in the kitchen; how to do laundry and clothing selection (eg. for work).
  • Being healthy – looking at being a healthy individual with the right balanced diet; meal planning; why it is appropriate, and how to maintain, good hygiene; smoking, drug and alcohol misuse; understanding healthy relationships, and safe sex (age appropriate).
  • Applying for college/employment – access high-quality careers advice so all students can make an informed choice about their next steps into adulthood; visiting post-16 providers, and completing high-quality work placements (where appropriate).
  • Budgeting and financial education – learning the importance of saving/budgeting, living within your means; how pensions work, so and understanding loans/mortgages.
  • Participating in, and contributing to, the local community – co-ordinating events to support local communities, and take part in activities; develop crossgenerational learning. The Academy will focus on four key areas in promoting these life skills, helping all to become confident, effective and skilled members of their communities.