Learning For Life

Curriculum Vision

Our Learning for Life curriculum has been designed to reflect the wider needs of the students in our school. It encompasses personal, social and health education and promotes students’ spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development, and thus enriches the wellbeing of both the individual and ultimately the wider community.

Learning for Life teaches children the knowledge, skills, and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, responsible citizens in a rapidly changing world. The teaching of citizenship is a statutory requirement and is included in the Learning for Life curriculum.

In undertaking Learning for Life activities, students learn to recognise their own worth, work well with others, and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences. They find out about political and social institutions that affect their lives, as well as their rights and duties as individuals and members of society and learn that mutual respect, tolerance and understanding is fundamental to their capacity to participate and contribute to our society.

Curriculum Content

Our Learning for Life curriculum is broken down into two strands:

My world incorporating:

  • Healthy lifestyles, drugs education, including smoking, alcohol and illegal substances and the legal framework that surrounds these issues;personal safety and wellbeing and positive mental health.
  • Healthy relationships, appropriate relationships, issues of consent, domestic violence, contraception, child sexual exploitation, pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

The wider world incorporating:

  • Citizenship, the law and political awareness including democracy and political institutions, anti-social behaviour and the law, respecting the differences between people, bullying, stereotyping, disability, homophobia and discrimination and the prevention of extremism.
  • Employability, economic wellbeing and financial awareness, Careers Education and Guidance, study skills and preparation for exams.

Across all areas we address the philosophical and ethical issues that arise from these sensitive topics. In years 10 and 11 we discuss and examine attitudes towards issues such as abortion, euthanasia and animal experimentation.

The Learning for Life curriculum is delivered through a programme of "drop down" days and additional curriculum time where the normal timetable is suspended in order to devote quality time to these sometimes challenging topics.

We also have a varied and comprehensive Thought for the Week tutorial programme, the themes of which are reflected in House assemblies. We also deliver assemblies we collectively refer to as “cultural capital”. These assemblies focus on literature, art, music and heritage and aim to engage students in widening their general knowledge and experience.

Homework projects in years 7 and 8 reinforce and develop these themes and all students complete voluntary work as part of their citizenship homework projects.

Year 10 students participate in our very comprehensive Post 16 week, which focuses on preparation for the next stage of their education.

Participation in the school community

We encourage all students to participate fully in the life of the school and experience responsibility. Opportunities include:

Student council representative (an elected post), school librarian, catering group representative, prefect, sports prefect, house captain, tutor leader and maths leader.

Students volunteer their services for all whole school events, conduct tours for prospective parents and participate in the interview process for new staff. Year 8 students undertake a day as “student runner”, gaining insight into the running of the school.

Some students find aspects of the Learning for Life curriculum challenging and we would urge you to contact your child’s tutor or Pastoral Leader if you feel this may be the case.

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