E.F.L.L. stands for 'Eager for Lifelong Learning'.
Our E.F.L.L. is divided into two sections.
1) Essential Life Skills – Our Younger Learners
Our Essential Life Skills programme for our younger learners aims to provide an early opportunity to experience activities and skills necessary to take part in everyday life. Life skills provide us with the tools required to lead a more productive and fulfilling life and expand our understanding of the world.
For our younger learners, our life skills activities may include:
Basic money skills; going to the shops (buying ingredients;) communication skills; listening skills; social skills; diet (healthy and unhealthy foods); nature observation; getting undressed and dressed and tying shoe laces.
We integrate these topics into our daily curriculum.
2) Essential Life Skills – Our Older Learners
For our older learners, we focus on teaching core life skills, which we hope they will carry with them in order to navigate relationships and careers (in the future). We hope to prepare our learners for entry into actual work and actively engaging them with the issues of the day from global warming to poverty and democracy.
Through discussion, conversation, thinking and practical activities, we hope our learners will think beyond the confines of their own lives to decode the world around them, gain cultural awareness and prepare them for a future in an interlinked, global society.
Encompassing a variety of topics, we aim to equip our learners with the transferable skills needed to prepare them for their future as adults; in two sessions per week.
Our topics currently focus on:
1) Who Am I? - Belonging; Body image; British Values; Change; Crime and the Law; Developing personal communication skills–knowing how to connect with others, being empathetic, knowing when to speak and when to listen; learning the art of conversation; Diet and Nutrition; Friendship; Health and emotional wellbeing; Learning from failure–and how learning from failure teaches character and makes one tougher and more capable of managing life's inevitable difficulties; Respecting equality and diversity; Thinking–making the right choices; thinking through to solutions; Time management.
3) Living in the wider world–Being enterprising–which will include 'How to be self-employed'; Being a homeowner; Being a car owner (Insurances; Road tax; M.O.T.; Maintenance;) Debt; Employability; Insurances; Making informed choices; Manners–learning how they are indispensable in a civilised society and how it is important to learn the manners of a society; Money Management–the importance of handling money; personal debit and credit cards; Surviving without certain technology–self-learning through books; telling the time on a single-hand watch; National Insurance; Tax; Pension.