Life Skills Programme

This is a programme designed to develop the basic life skills of students with intellectual and learning disabilities.

Achievement Objectives:

  • To encourage and establish independent functioning.
  • To assess individual capabilities.
  • To provide programme to reach potential.
  • To provide opportunities to learn new skills and develop communication skills.



Consumer Studies:

Money – use, recognition, value; recognition of needs; recognition of variety of different shops; identifying what shops you need; the types of goods each shop has; how to purchase.

Family Life:

  • Family tree, being part of a family and where we come from.
  • Meals and food –different types (breakfast, snacks, barbeques, winter soups etc.), how to prepare and present, duties involved in preparation and clearing up.
  • Variety of family activities – sharing household chores, recreation together, respect for individuals, personal and family responsibilities.
  • Different family structures, beliefs, cultures.

Community Services:

  • Police; Emergency Services – Ambulance and Fire Service; Libraries; Local council.

Communication Systems:

  • How we communicate at school, home, with friends, different language/slang/jargon.
  • Talking and listening.
  • Why communication systems are important – between who and how.
  • Telephone – faxes, e-mail.
  • Written communication – postal services; community communication – newspapers, radio, TV.
  • Selected supported Learning Units or ASDAN programmes.

Education Outside the Classroom:

  • Planning, organising and implementing major learning experiences. This may involve travelling away from school.


  • Awareness of parks and reserves; recycling; refuse control.

Mainstream Programme

These are the mainstream core and option classes available to each student.

Placement is determined by appropriateness in relation to the student’s strengths, needs and support available.