At Breckenbrough we use a range of activities to encourage social education and develop our students’ confidence, self-esteem and social resilience through a 24 hour curriculum
Activities & the 24 hr Curriculum
At Breckenbrough we use a range of activities to encourage social education and develop our students’ confidence, self-esteem and social resilience. The various activities include a range of opportunities including physical activities such as motocross, where the school has its own on-site track and runs a selection of motocross bike that allow the boys to learn how to ride. They can progress to competing in local events if they so wish, supported by the school.
The other activities that can be offered such as climbing, swimming, ice skating and rugby. We will always listen to our students when they ask to undertake an activity which we do not presently provide on- or off-site. These opportunities help to develop our students’ confidence in their own physical abilities and enable them to gain greater self-esteem as their skills increase and they develop teamwork skills as part of a group working to the same ends. The other activities we offer help increase the boys’ confidence in other areas such as; independent living and social interaction. These activities are varied but include; budgeting, shopping, clubs, cooking and cinema trips. When engaged in these activities the staff encourage the boys to be pro-active and take the lead, knowing that the staff member is there to support them through any difficulties. We strive to provide a varied programme of activities to meet individual wants and needs, with some activities being provided for as few as one or two students at a time, an example being one of our boys enjoying taking part in a local chess club, which he does independently. The biggest desire is to provide activities that the boys want and enjoy so that most boys will take part.
The activities that we provide are student led in the main. Throughout the year we have on- and off-site activities every night of the week. We meet with the boys to listen to what they would like us to provide and the reasons why. So a typical evening could be a climbing trip to a local indoor wall or perhaps to Brimham rocks for some bouldering experience. In school the boys could be riding on the motocross track, playing football and tennis. They could decide to have some downtime time chilling out with their friends in their social areas.
Shopping trips are run most nights as the boys who are budgeting as part of their independent living skills like to see what’s on offer at the local retailers. Staff are encouraged to share their own interests with boys in school, some of the boys love nothing more than been able to go with a member of staff and take their dog for walk. We enjoy it when we meet a student who has an interest that we have not come across before and they can educate us about it and we then learn how to engage with them, to provide opportunities that are new to school.
Residential Evening Programme
Extended Evenings: Offer the students that do not reside an opportunity to develop social skills, confidence, self-esteem and social resilience.
Travel Training: Travel training has proven to be beneficial to our students in enabling them to use public transport. It assists students to overcome challenges, removes barriers to independent travel and gives them greater access to jobs, services and social networks.
Study Club: Study club offers many students of study in small groups or 1:1. Students can help fellow students when they have difficulties understanding something that they understand.
Study club is beneficial as students are able to ignore the distractions of normal family life when at home and we offer a quiet space to work.
Familiarity with teachers is also a plus point, and students are in an environment where they are already relaxed, which in turn will help focus on learning and improving educational outcomes for students.