Special Educational Needs Programme

Our Aim

Lifeskills has developed a programme to help children with learning difficulties learn important safety skills and work towards living a more independent life. The Centre hopes to make their learning experience more memorable by using fun and interactive methods to teach them how to assess risks and cope with any potentially difficult or dangerous situations whilst in a safe environment.

Who We Educate

The Special School’s Programme has been developed to cater for students between 11 and 19 years of age with a range of additional needs.

How is the Programme Taught

The Lifeskills Centre provides an environment where pupils can learn safety skills in a realistic and practical way but can also test their knowledge and practise the skills they have learnt. The Chinese proverb ‘I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand’ sums up the Lifeskills experience.

The children work in small groups (4 max) with either a Volunteer Guide or a member of staff from the school who has been trained to use the Centre (see Training to Use the Centre) dependent upon the support needs of the group we generally ask that a member of school staff should accompany the groups lead by our volunteer guides in order to support the students’ learning. Discussions with the teacher prior to the visit decide how many of the sets will be visited then each group is shown around those scenarios which present various difficult or dangerous situations. The interactive element to each scenario helps pupils learn how to deal with these situations and practise their responses whilst in a safe environment. Each session will last around 2 hours.

Training to Use the Centre

If you feel that it would be more beneficial for a member of your teaching staff to run the session, instead of our volunteers, you will first need to attend a day’s training. This will introduce you to all the facilities available at the Centre, show you how they can be used and allow you to share ideas with fellow professionals. There is also the opportunity to look at accessible resources.

If you would like more information on our training courses, please call 0117 9224511.

Session details

Lifeskills can accommodate a maximum of 20 children per session. There is currently no charge for these sessions however, you will need to arrange and pay for your own transport.
Sessions run from 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm. Please arrive at the Centre 15 minutes before the session starts.

Booking Details

Letters are sent every April to all special schools in the area confirming when bookings for the following year can be made. Please note that bookings can only be made by calling the Lifeskills office on 0117 9224511. Sessions tend to fill up very quickly so please call early to avoid disappointment.


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