Skills for School and College

Preparing for tests/exams: what are they, why do you have to take them, are they all the same, how long will they last, where do you take them, what is the point, what will I get out of it, link to end goal, calendar/countdown/diary pre/during and post exams, can I see the exam room, where will I sit, what equipment will I be able to take in, what are the rules, how will I know what to do, different types of exam written, spoken, practical, length of time, before/after, snack, take in/not allowed, pre-visit, how will I know when to start, can I leave before the end?

Revision: what does it mean, what is the point, what is goal for CYP e.g., university, job, voluntary work, skills needed, planning, exam timetable, how will I know what to learn/remember, how long should I revise for, should I make notes, should I take breaks, where should I revise, what strategies might help me remember?

Packing for college/university: how long will I be there (days/weeks), will I be living in halls/student house/at home, what will I need to take, do I need to buy books/resources before I leave, will I need to take any furniture with me?

Packing bag for school/college: is my timetable the same every day, personal care items, diary/calendar on mobile phone or tablet, what type of bag will you use, is it big enough, suitable, waterproof, do you need a hat, what are you doing today, PE, going to the gym, going out straight after school, work or college, do you have a locker, what is in it, do you need to take anything out once you get there, timetable for retrieving things from locker, where could you keep your bag at school/college/work, where at home, when empty it, when fill it up, set reminders, how do you know contents are yours?

Self and Feelings

Identifying strengths, differences, and skills.

Self-help strategies to maintain mental stability and self-esteem.

Self-esteem and self-confidence and why these are so important. For example: links to depression/anxiety/social isolation/job uncertainty, how confidence can be promoted at home, in school, in the community and further afield.

Puberty and Relationships

Bodily changes: what are they, why do they happen.

Emotional changes: what are feelings, have my feelings changed, do my feelings change more often, why does this happen, what can I do when I am feeling angry, frustrated, happy, aroused?

Periods: what are they, how to manage them, what does it mean in my community/culture/religion?

Masturbation: what does it mean, why does it happen, public/private, how often can I do it, where can I do it?

Different types of relationships: family, friends, peers, acquaintances, different rules, why are there different rules, what you can/cannot do.

Life Skills

Life skills: baseline: what can I already do, what would I like to be able to do, what is my timescale for achieving one/multiple skills, order of importance for me.

Food shopping: where will I shop, what will I need, writing a list, how will I get there, how long will it take, what will I need to take, will I need a basket or trolley, which department should I start in?

Reading a recipe: read through the steps, buy the ingredients, weigh out the correct amount, follow each step.

Cooking: making a snack (cold/warm/hot), making a meal (cold/warm/hot).

Making a drink: cold, hot, for myself, for another person, questions I might need to ask, steps involved.

How to use kitchen appliances: cooker, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, washing machine, freezer, food processor, toaster.

How to use office appliances: printer, laptop, PC, tablet, wireless mouse.

How to wash my hair.

Taking a shower/having a bath: why do I have to shower, what animals do, when, how often, how long for, what do I need, temperature check, how to make it more regulating types of soap/shower gel, flannel etc., music/sounds, lights).

How to get a bus: which bus, what for, when do I need to get it, where do I want to go, what does it look like (front, side, back, colour, number, single/double decker), which stop do I get on at, which stop do I get off at, which side of the road there/back?, how do I get a ticket?, is it contactless if so, what do I need to do?, which apps could help me?, if it has a bus stop, what information might I find there? What happens if I am early? What happens if I am late? Who might be on the bus? What might I see/here? What do I need to do when I want to get off the bus? What if I want to get off before my stop?

Travel training: which type of transport, why, what for, reading a timetable, useful apps., time to walk to station/stop, quickest route, how to remain regulated during the journey, what to look out for, number of stops, total travel time, travel time in stages, paying for a ticket – in person or using an app to pay, what is your goal, why do you want to travel there? Same/different dependent on in town or country. Catching multiple forms of transport to go on holiday e.g., train, underground, plan and then bus/walk to get to destination. Doors/toilets, who can you ask for help, where might the help be, can technology help you in context, on your electronic device.

What happens when I arrive early, on time or late: cinema, school/college, work, appointment, to a friend’s house, for an interview.