ASDAN stands for Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network. It is taught in conjunction with other subjects but with a greater emphasis upon developing key ‘life skills’. Pupils complete a number of different challenges which contribute towards a credit. Each credit will take approximately 10 hours to achieve. The ASDAN course begins in Year 9. Each pupil receives a Personal Development Record Book and a folder for their evidence.
- learning key life skills such as planning trips using timetables and tickets
- learning about healthy living and eating by promoting pupils to be more independent in their thinking in terms of snacks and lifestyle
- arranging functions and meetings by making invitations, preparing and serving food and drink, and entertaining guests
Pupils work towards a Bronze Award which requires them to attain 6 Credits plus a summary of achievement of the ‘key skills’ learned. The Key Skills are: teamwork, learning something new or doing something better, coping with problems, use of Maths, use of English, and use of Information Technology. Pupils also learn how to plan and review three of the challenges in the booklet.
All work is continually assessed as modules from the Record Book by the teacher, after the relevant criteria has been met and evidenced.
Parental support is crucial to enhance pupil learning. Parents can help their child by:
- getting their child actively involved in activities within the home, as the evidence can go into the ‘Home Management’ section of the booklet
- recording any trips or organisations attended outside of school, as this evidence can go into the ‘Sport and Leisure’ or ‘Expressive Arts’ section of the booklet
- encouraging their child to be aware of their own environment and promoting greater self-confidence