Aims of the Life Skills curriculum
- To reinforce and give meaning to the school’s policies such as equal opportunities and bullying.
- To promote self-esteem, a sense of purpose and the acquisition of personal values amongst our students.
- To emphasise the importance of, and respect for, the beliefs and cultures of others.
- To provide knowledge and understanding that promotes active and constructive citizenship.
- To encourage students to think for themselves, make valid judgements and acquire the skills that will equip them for society and work in the 21st century.
- To encourage independent learning amongst our students and to take increased responsibility for organising their own studies.
- To support the option process for transfer from Yr9 to Yr10 and Yr 11 to Yr12.
- To provide a broad and relevant curriculum designed to enable our students to achieve awareness of both themselves and others.
Life Skills in the Curriculum
Life Skills is covered in many areas of the school curriculum including the ‘hidden’ curriculum.
Life Skills is covered by;
- Trips Prefects
- Visits Mentors
- Tutorials Working Parties
- Guest Speakers
- Staff interaction at break/lunchtime
- Clubs and practices
- Staff interaction between lessons and in the corridor
- All lessons
- Tutor time
The PSHE programme is part of the Life Skills course and is taught alongside Drug Education, Sex and Relationship Education, Progress Files and Career Education and Citizenship. At present this work is covered in a 50min lesson for years 7-9 and 35 min lesson for years 10 and 11. Year 12 and 13 do not have a regular Life Skills lesson.