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Employability and Life Skills

We begin with the end in sight.

We focus on developing all the skills necessary for living an independent and fulfilling adulthood.

I hope to light the fire of aspiration by bringing Employability skills to life, inspiring our young people to set goals and equip them with the experiences and knowledge needed to achieve them.

I am passionate about our young people being given the opportunity to reach their full potential and confidently transition from education into paid employment.

 

Leilah Sheridan, Head of Employability and Life Skills

We believe that education is so much more than measuring the quantifiable. Our success in life, however we choose to define it, is a result of the hard and soft skills we learn on our way.
 

Life at Undershaw is no different. Our specialisms unite to form a multi-disciplinary offering that places equal emphasis on building self-esteem, confidence, resilience, and a sense of well-being so our young people are ready for the richness of a full and independent life beyond the school gates.

The Character of Undershaw

 

We are:
Positive
Good listeners
Ambitious
Friendly
Resilient
Creative
Articulate
Supportive
Self-confident
Motivational
Cooperative
Focussed

We are positive. good listeners. ambitious. friendly. resilient. creative. articulate. supportive. self-confident. motivational. cooperative. focussed.

Our Transition Coach

Our Transition Coach takes a key role with admissions and builds a relationship with our students and families as soon as they join the Undershaw family. As a Team this enables us to start the journey together with our families to ensure that each young person is encouraged to believe in their aspirations, and that Further Education and employment are real possibilities. We begin with the goal of successful future transition from Undershaw. We Believe.

Our Independence Coach

Our Independence Coach works alongside the Education and Therapy Teams across all age groups, as we embed essential Employability & Life Skills throughout the Curriculum. These essential skills are brought to life through practical interactions and experiences, with time for supported reflection built into each lesson, creating opportunities for our young people to recognise their own progression, feel proud, and most importantly build confidence.

Our Progression Coach

Our Progression Coach and Faculty Lead works closely with the other faculty leads to ensure that there are opportunities for cross collaboration threading through skill development, not only within school life but also in the wider community. Guided by the Gatsby Benchmarks our aim is to further inform and prepare our young people for transition to Independence, providing one-to-one coaching, group work, workplace exposure and, most importantly, parent / carer engagement.

We believe that if we shape the right individualised support during the foundation years, our young people have a far greater chance to transition successfully, fully informed, and with confidence.

Undershaw in the Community

We provide many opportunities for our students to be included in life outside the school, while remaining comfortable, happy, and safe. Students are given opportunities to engage with the local community in a plethora of ways and contact with the outside world is part of our weekly routine. Read more about our Community Partners

See Our Partnerships page

It is vital that students are supported to engage with, and eventually live in, their community and not just exist in the confines of the school. We take every opportunity to thread real life experiences and learning opportunities throughout our curriculum and use these as a landscape upon which to base their learning.

This is not just school life… This is life.

Parent Testimonials

I absolutely have my trust in the leadership team, the wonderful staff and the vision for the school going forward.

Current parent

The emotional support and advice has been wonderful

Year 4 parent

I’m thrilled both my children get to reap the benefits of such a high quality education

Year 4 parent

She’s made friends and really looks forward to coming to school.

Post 16 parent

Our daughter commented to me after her first day that the difference in atmosphere was enormous.

Post 16 parent

Whilst supporting the students with such a fantastic provision, we have certainly felt encouraged as parents too

Year 4 parent

J has felt able to put her trust in the school from her very first day.

Post 16 parent

At all times our family felt supported.

Post 16 parent

E has many years ahead of him at Undershaw and I am excited about the opportunities he is going to get.

Year 4 parent

Eliminating the impossible