The Benefits and Mechanisms Associated with a Practical Skills-Based Curriculum

by Dr. Aric Sigman.

Abstract: While the outcomes of a practical skills therapeutic education have been valued and noted (LSC, 2008; Ofsted, 2007, 2010, 2014), research in cognitive neuroscience and psychology continues to find surprising and previously unrecognised benefits that are conferred upon pupils. Moreover, the mechanisms behind these benefits point to the urgent need for greater incorporation of such practical elements into mainstream education. Beyond the cognitive and neurological aspects of the practical skills-based curriculum are secondary processes such as mentoring through apprenticeship. These produce further benefits that aid the development of the pupil into a more socially viable and employable young adult. The findings of this report are applicable to pupils with or without learning difficulties. Commissioned by the Ruskin Mill Trust (RMT)

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