"To build safe, independent lives for autistic young people through support, understanding and enablement"
The Catering Department aims to train and assess students in a realistic working environment in order for them to achieve nationally recognised qualifications and the life skills to cook healthy and nutritious meals.
The courses we offer are tailored to suit the individual needs of our pupils and demonstrate their progression and attainment. All aspects of Health and Safety, within catering, are covered within the course.
The Catering Department ensures a kinaesthetic learning environment where pupils are taught how to safely prepare, cook and serve foods using various pieces of equipment and utensils in order to successfully complete the NVQ and Entry Level units.
Pupils’ personal well-being, ability and special needs are prioritised throughout the course in order to ensure they gain maximum benefit.
Examples of Moral lessons in Catering:
- Promote fair play and team work in lessons
- Respect with equipment
- Following instructions and decisions made by staff.
- Respect for their facilities and the environment they are active in
- Listening to teacher and peer feedback on particular catering skills
- Promote trust with peers
- Using students as team leaders
- Taking part in fund raising activities
Students in Catering can use of a range of social skills in different contexts, including working and socialising with students from different religious, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. The willingness to participate in a variety of social settings, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts effectively. An interest in and understanding of, the way communities and societies function at a variety of levels.
Examples of Social lessons in Catering:
- Creating a sense of community in lessons
- Encourage students to recognise and respect social differences and similarities
- Celebrate catering success both in and out of school
- Use of team leaders to lead groups of pupils in lessons
- Promoting team work throughout lessons supporting one another to develop their skills in a cooperative situation.
The Catering department can encourage a willingness to participate in catering opportunities that will help to develop positive attitudes towards different religious, ethnic and socio-economic groups in the local, national and global communities.
Examples of Cultural lessons in Catering:
- Learning about the developments of catering in different countries
- Conversations and activities around different catering events around the world i.e. The Olympics, Wimbledon etc.
- Gaining an understanding of different styles of cooking and their foundations
- Use of well-known chefs and examples of different styles and their achievements