(Personal Health and Social Education (PHSE) –Self Help, Eating, Health and Safety, Cooking, Cleaning, Community Access)

Students at The Loddon School® are reliant on adults for their help and support. Students need to learn to become independent in those skills that will specifically help them to prepare for adult life. Independence skills cover a wide range of learning needs that will enable students to experience an enhanced quality of life in adulthood.

Self Help Skills

These skills have little intrinsic motivation for our students and are taught in naturalistic ways. For example:

  • following a sequence for getting up in the morning
  • showering before and after a swimming session
  • dressing and undressing for swimming
  • putting on shoes/ boots, coats before animal sessions/walks
  • washing hands before meals, café, cooking
  • wearing appropriate clothes before outings
  • tolerating a hat for riding

Eating Skills

Many students have not experienced sitting at a table to eat, using cutlery, remaining in one place for the duration of a meal, sharing a table with others, clearing up after themselves. These skills are taught at meal times, café time and cooking sessions before being generalised to community venues.

Health and Safety

Students have no understanding of danger especially traffic, climbing to great heights, electricity, hot surfaces or liquids. Students are taught to behave appropriately around identified dangers but do not have an understanding of the reasons for doing so. For example:

  • to stop and wait on lane walks when a car comes into sight
  • to climb on climbing frames but not on window ledges
  • to switch on and off electrical sockets
  • to remain at a safe distance when food is cooking


Students have regular cooking sessions although the school does not use hotplates or ovens. Students learn basic skills such as cutting, chopping, mixing, and stirring. They learn to open packets and containers and to make simple snacks. Some cooking sessions are sensory based and students have opportunities to experience a variety of tastes and textures.


Students help to keep the environment clean and tidy on a daily basis. For example:

  • clearing their plates and drinks at mealtimes
  • wiping the table and putting away their chair after meals
  • helping to make their beds and tidy their rooms
  • sweeping and vacuuming floors
  • washing dishes after cooking
  • putting away their laundry

Community Access

Students access a variety of community facilities depending on their age and tolerance. All students use the school mini buses. For example:

  • the village shop
  • the village bakery
  • local supermarkets
  • local cafes
  • the main shopping precinct
  • cinema
  • bowling
  • swimming pools
  • public transport

Qualifications – AQAs and ASDAN award

AQA award units – The Unit Award Scheme (UAS) offers learners the opportunity to have their achievements formally recognised with a certificate issued by AQA each time a short unit is successfully completed.

The Loddon School has designed units to address each aspect of the PLLUSS curriculum and closely related to the skills each young adult will require as they leave the school. AQA’s are awarded to students up until the end of year 11 (16 years of age).

ASDAN – Preparing for Adulthood Programmes

These SEND courses have been developed for learners with moderate, severe, and complex learning difficulties, working pre-national curriculum level. Certificated programmes provide a real-life context to reward achievement and promote the development of personal, social, independent, IT and work-related skills.

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Access to Learning and Understanding


Leisure and Wellbeing

Relating and Interacting