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Life Skills and Learning

Helping learners decide what they want to get out of life

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At Norwood, we use a learner-centred approach in our Life Skills and Learning Services.  Our aim is to help people with learning disabilities to:

  • Identify their own learning needs
  • Work towards their personal aspirations.

We structure our courses flexibly so that a person’s specific learning needs can be met. This flexibility means that each person is given the maximum opportunity to learn new skills and gain awards and qualifications.

We use Individual Learning Plans to help people make choices about their long-term goals and access advice, information and opportunities within their communities.

About our courses

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We are deeply committed to a learner-centred approach. When planning our courses, we assess both demand and needs so that we can offer the best opportunities to the maximum number of people. Our aim is to offer each person the support they need to make progress.

Our courses are fun and the skills that people develop are both transferable and complementary and support their growing independence.

We use learning resources creatively. We combine digital technologies with practical experience and activities that develop people’s interpersonal skills. Our aim is to help people improve their abilities as communicators and learners.

We provide opportunities for people to work towards nationally recognised qualifications, working in close partnership with other providers to maximise opportunities.

Our Karten CTEC Centre runs:

  • Courses to help people develop technology skills which can support them in everyday life
  • Accredited learning in specific subject areas.

About our learning curriculum


Practical Living Skills

  • Food preparation
  • Household skills
  • Health and safety at home
  • Community access
  • Travel training
  • Money skills
  • First aid.

Personal Development

  • Cultural learning
  • Music
  • Art and craft
  • Assertiveness and self advocacy
  • Photography
  • History
  • Geography
  • Current affairs.

Health and Wellbeing

  • Safeguarding
  • Relationships and sexuality
  • Confidence and self esteem
  • Healthy living
  • Reminiscence
  • Choice and decision making
  • Culture.

Work and Community Engagement

  • Work skills
  • Gardening
  • Jewellery making
  • Out and about.

Key to all these learning areas are the Foundation Skills. These are built into all our learning courses and include:

  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • ICT
  • Interaction with others
  • Awareness of self and others
  • Physical coordination (motor skills).

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