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Are EU ready for life and work?
Start date: Sep 1, 2014, End date: Aug 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Our three year project will build upon the strengths of previous partnerships and will further develop our pupils understanding of other countries and cultures. Throughout the project we will work with pupils in our partner schools to compare our lifestyles, our countries and our culture. We will create a Work Related Learning curriculum for young Europeans with learning disabilities to support them in transition into the world of work, employment and independent living. The opportunities for some of our most vulnerable young people are very limited when they come to leave school. There are a number of factors surrounding this; a curriculum which does not encompass the skills and attitudes required for the world of work, the lack of appropriate facilities and college courses geared to meet the needs of those with special educational needs and ultimately the lack of employment opportunities for young people with learning difficulties. The aim of our project is to address some of these deficiencies in provision and to support and enable our students make the greatest success possible of their lives. This includes being economically active and recognise that they have a valuable contribution to make in their local and global community. All partners have tremendous expertise in the area of education young people with special educational needs with a wide range of learning disabilities and have used this knowledge and expertise to develop learning and curriculum activities in all of our schools. We share a philosophy which is to improve the lives of those citizens with learning disabilities by giving them the same opportunities as their mainstream peers. We have been involved in a number of Comenius partnerships which have been recognised as exceptional by the EU. We have worked collaboratively for many years and value the opportunity of sharing our expertise and experience. Our partnership aims to address some of these issues and problems by sharing our expertise to develop a work related curriculum which will provide our students with the skills and attitudes required for the world of work. During our project we aim to develop a meaningful WRL curriculum for students 14-19yrs and beyond which will be challenging and teach the skills required for employment and life after school. This will be developed by sharing good practice; allowing our facilitators to visit schools and places of employment in our partner countries. We will track a group of 14 year old young people who have severe to moderate learning disabilities throughout our project. This will include information on student’s literacy, numeracy, social skills, independence skills and aspirations for the future. This will inform the project of the content of the work related curriculum required in order to be effective. Data will be regularly collated, analysed and used by all partners and shared at transnational project meetings. Each transnational meeting will include an international seminar or workshop which will engage us in conversation and debate about the areas we consider to be important in the development of our work related curriculum including: Employability and the Importance of Social Inclusion; Sharing good Practice of Basic Skills; Sharing Good Practice in Work Related Learning and Developing a Work Related Curriculum; Sharing Good Practice and Links with the World of Work and Post School Providers; Sharing Good Practice in Developing Social Skills; Sharing Good Practice in Assessment and Monitoring; Sharing Expertise Sustaining a Work Related Curriculum. In addition all partners will visit examples of best practice linked to each seminar/workshop and partner country expertise. Students will complete a variety of activities which will include identifying the skills needed to get jobs. Representatives from local employers will visit schools and students will visit employers to identify the skills needed to succeed in the workplace. Charities in the community will be explored and an enterprise activity will allow students the opportunity to develop and use the skills required to raise funds including team building, decision making, problem solving, communication, confidence all important skills required by the world of work. Basic skill development including literacy and numeracy activities including form filling, reading instructions, writing a CV, using the telephone and ICT as a means of communication, personal finance including budgeting, shopping, paying bills, bank accounts and health and safety in the workplace including risk assessment, bullying, relationships and use of advocates. Works experience/shadowing works experience will take place in each partner school enabling students to have the opportunity to use the skills developed in a place of employment. Students will also plan and deliver an enterprise activity involving the local community to enable them to use the skills gained which are vital in employment post school.
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