Independent Living Skills (ILS)
Here’s what our students have to say…
“Before coming to RNC I wasn’t confident enough to attempt to cook, especially if the hob and oven needed to be used. However since studying ILS for a year, I haven’t looked back. I am now confident enough to cook for myself and love cooking. Having lost my sight at a later age, if things are explained to me in detail, I can picture it mentally, which helps with my learning. The ILS team has been excellent in explaining everything in detail to aid me in my cooking. I have progressed so much in so little time that even my mother didn’t believe that I was able to cook until I could show her when I went back home. I am now able to cook for myself nearly every day in halls; I can cook anything ranging from chicken, spaghetti, fajitas, rice or omelettes. Looking back, it is still unbelievable how much I have progressed in such little time.” Ibz Iqbal.
Watch the introduction to ILS and mobility video;
Duration of programme
The duration of the programme is entirely based on the progression and objectives of you, as an individual student.
During your Pre-Entry Assessment we will work with you to identify the areas you would like to improve upon or build confidence in, offered through a range of training methods and at a level that will allow you to achieve your goals.
The content and length of your programme will be agreed on an individual basis. Whether it’s washing your clothes, preparing a meal, withdrawing cash or doing a supermarket shop, these are all skills that you will require in your life after RNC.
The ILS programme is specifically tailored to suit you and meet your objectives. We provide training and strategies using helpful products that can aid you to accomplish a wide range of everyday tasks. We provide information and advice about suitable appliances and equipment and general organisation in your household.
Independent Living Skills (ILS) training aims to give you the skills and confidence to live independently. You will have regular one-to-one ILS sessions on a range of skills you will need in your daily life. We help you develop your skills and confidence to reach your full potential.
As your individual objectives will be unique to you, you will have the opportunity to practice your skills until you feel safe and confident to move onto the next step.
Your ILS programme will enable you to enhance your independence whilst you are at RNC. The programme will then focus on developing strategies and plans that will provide you with skills that you can use throughout your life beyond RNC.
BTEC Home Cooking Skills
If you have a particular interest in cooking and would like to develop your cooking skills further, you may like to consider taking the BTEC Home Cooking Skills course in your second year.
Once you and our ILS Team are confident of your ability and you have achieved the criteria, you may wish to consider self-catering. The self-catering scheme is ideal if you are planning to progress on to university or move into your own home after RNC.
You can choose to create one or more meals a week, or even produce all meals for yourself. Depending on which option you select, some or all of your meal allowance will be paid into your bank account. You will then be able to plan and budget and be responsible for purchasing and storing ingredients, preparing and cooking your meals.
Student timetables at RNC
We recognise that all of our learners are individuals, which is why no two students will have the same timetable. As well as each student’s core area(s) of study, they will have a mixture of ICT Skills, Orientation and Mobility, Independent Living Skills and/or Braille on their timetables, dependent on their individual needs, goals and objectives.
Here’s what our teachers have to say…
“The residential setting allows us to work with students on a wide range of skills from doing their own laundry and making breakfast to cooking a meal or ironing a shirt for an interview. We focus on teaching them to prepare fresh food and they can choose ingredients they enjoy, including food to meet their dietary or cultural requirements. Our aim is that our students will learn the skills to be able to cook their own food rather than always relying on ready-meals – It’s always nice when they tell us their own pizza is better than a take-away!” Stephanie Mackey, Teacher in charge – Mobility, Independence and Braille.