Jigsaw School provides education for children aged 4 to 19 years with autism. The school has a staffing ratio of one member of staff per pupil. Each child is ABLE to work on an individualised programme designed around a broad and varied curriculum that focuses on developing communication and life skills.
Pupils are involved in all aspects of running the Tuck Shop from buying and selling to managing stock and advertising. It provides a functional context to apply skills such as managing and understanding money, making choices, checking best before/use by dates, pricing up items, carrying out stock checks, storing items appropriately and communicating with peers and teachers.
Pupils completed a survey indicating their preferences on what they would like to see in the Tuck Shop and parents were asked what items they would like to have available for their children and how regularly children would purchase items from the Tuck Shop. They are able to offer a variety of healthy snack options, drinks and small reinforcements (e.g. magazines and sensory toys) which pupils are able to purchase throughout the day. Items are ever-changing, however, stock would typically include rice cakes, fresh fruit, yoghurt, popcorn and low-sugar drinks.
The Tuck Shop is a non-profit project and all items are sold at cost price, with money received being reinvested in future supplies.
Since 2008, the Foundation has awarded £79,098 to Jigsaw Trust to help improve the services provided by the school, including the creation of a Life Skills centre.