Life Skills

“The greatest gift we can give our children is the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence” Denis Waitley.  

"Character is just another term for ‘good person.’ A person of character lives a worthy life guided by moral principles. A person of character is a good parent, a good friend, a good employee and a good citizen.” Michael Josephson

Life Skills is the subject that does exactly what it says on the tin. It equips our students with the skills and understanding to make sense of the world around them.

Life Skills addresses issues within personal, social, health, relationship and sex education, focusing on issues such as: 

  • Mental health 
  • Healthy relationships
  • Sexual health and puberty
  • Grooming and peer pressure
  • Tolerance and tackling extremism 
  • Staying safe within and beyond our community 
  • Our KS4 programme is responsive to particular issues within our local community, for example, knife crime, domestic violence and county lines.

Year 7 are supported through their transition to secondary school; they explore friendships overcoming challenges.  From here they look at improving their self-body image positivity and deepen their understanding of puberty and personal hygiene.  Next they investigate what healthy relationships look like and how relationships are different for everyone.  Over the summer term they look into ethical financial decisions and beginning to look at the world of work.

Year 8 develop their knowledge of health, hygiene and wellbeing and examine the influence of peer pressure.  Next they slide into the safe zone and discuss first aid, personal safety and safety on transport before heading into the online world of e-safety and digital footprints.  Year 8 take a closer look at healthy relationships, including sexual activity, FGM, forced marriage and radicalisation.  We spend the summer term looking at the good and bad sides of independent living, for example, Covid-19, mental health, homelessness, knife crime as well as the world of work and opportunities available.

Year 9 investigate managing risk, coping with stress and assessing the consequences of addiction. Next up is a discussion about gender identity and sexual orientation, what does 'being ready' mean? and domestic abuse. Year 9 look at their GCSE option choices and aspirations and ponder financial security including the risks of gangs, gambling and radicalisation. 

Key Stage 4 

Life Skills is taught alongside our Religion and Philosophy curriculum and is designed to help prepare students for the challenges and demands of teenage life, their future education and careers. Unifrog is a platform students use to find information on apprenticeships, further education Colleges, British and American universities as well developing their understanding of a myriad of different subject areas and career choices.

British Values, SMSC and Cultural Capital 

SMSC is a fundamental part of our Life Skills curriculum, as is exploring ‘Britishness’ and what constitutes British Values.

Students acquire a healthy respect for public institutions and services in Britain, develop a sense of respect for others and tolerance for all cultures, paying particular regard to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010.

Life Skills plays a vital role in the development of students' cultural capital experience through visits and activities which support our local community, for example, Shoebox of Love appeal and external speakers, such as NHS workers, the police and local charitable organisations. The curriculum is enriched with CEIAG opportunities such as careers workshops and working with local Colleges and Universities.