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Real World Learning

Preparing children with learning difficulties for the work place

At LVS Hassocks we recognise that one of parents' biggest concerns is often what will happen after their son or daughter finishes school. The goal of Real World Learning is to prepare young people with learning difficulties for life and the work place, so when students leave LVS Hassocks they have the skills and knowledge to get a job and sustain work.

Working Skills Department

LVS Hassocks students in the Working Skills Department, have an engaging curriculum that focuses on Learning for Employability and Skills for Life.

Students are given the opportunity to engage in work based training either on site - working in the grounds, kitchens or the school's community cafe, as well as off site for experience in their chosen area, such as pre-school settings and pet shops. 

This encourages the participation and achievement of young people, to help them progress onto further education or employment.

Learning for Employment prepares students for work it encourages them to develop a more adult style of thinking and the skills needed for achieving economic independence, including:

  • Understanding that at work there will be tasks that you repeat on a daily basis.
  • Understanding that tasks have to be completed within a time frame.
  • Sustaining attention skills and concentration on the set tasks.
  • Completion of the task to a satisfactory standard.
  • Receiving constructive criticism.
  • Managing changes in mood and feelings by engaging agreed strategies.

The curriculum aims to support young people into employability by delivering Skills for Life:

  • Improving their performance
  • Working with others
  • Problem solving
  • Literacy, Numeracy & ICT


Wellbeing is central to this approach because we consider both mental and physical wellbeing as paramount to sustain a work ethic and an appropriate life-work balance.

Ofsted comment about LVS Hassocks

'There is a strong focus on developing daily living and independence skills at a level and pace that takes into account the individual abilities of residential pupils.'

March 2015

Skills for work

A 16 year old LVS Hassocks's student had been at the school for 2 years and had discovered a passion for cooking. He then moved on to work in the school kitchen, while studying for an NVQ and had work experience one day a week in a local restaurant: At the time he said “The school has shown me I am good at something and I am excited about the future.”  After successfully securing himself an apprenticeship he completed that and has gone onto full time employment as a chef winning Sodexo's Young Chef of the Year competition in 2015.

Visit us

LVS Hassocks,
London Road, Sayers Common
West Sussex, BN6 9HT

Information for Ofsted

Link to information for Ofsted

Call us

Telephone: 01273 832901


Join Us

If you are interested in becoming part of the LVS Hassocks team, view the current job opportunities here.

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