PAIL (Preparation for Adult Independent Life) subjects

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Curriculum planning is based on the Courtyard’s recognition of key skills that pupils who attend our school need to develop in order to live successful lives and achieve their potential.

Preparation for Adult Independent Life (PAIL) is a vital component of the curriculum offer at the Courtyard. It enables the pupils of the Courtyard to develop knowledge, skills and understanding in areas which will support them as they progress into adulthood.

We believe that learning the life skills of being able to keep themselves healthy nutritionally, physically, socially, emotionally and mentally is tantamount to pupils thriving in their future lives. Equally, we need to foster and support creativity so that our pupils can be flexible in a world where the future job market is highly unpredictable and uncertain.

The Courtyard’s vision for all its pupils to progress successfully into adulthood by accessing further education, employment or training. In order to do this successfully, they need to be able to communicate with peers/employers through effective interaction and interpretation.

We also recognise that pupils learn best when they are engaged and motivated. By studying the creative subjects, our pupils are able to communicate their needs and feelings whilst developing their confidence.

The PAIL subjects offer qualifications at BTEC Level 1 and 2 and the AQA Unit Award Scheme accreditation scheme.

Please use the + option in the left hand menu bar to access the individual subject pages where you can see the Intent, Implementation and Impact statements, together with the Teaching Overview for our PAIL Life and PAIL Creative subjects.

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