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Learning For Life

Learning for Life (L4L) is our Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic (PSHCE) education. Students have weekly lessons which provide opportunities for them to discuss many issues that may affect them, as well as the general world around them. L4L aims to empower students with the knowledge and skills to manage risk and to make well-informed decisions - for both now and in the future. In essence, it is learning for life.

Students follow a spiral curriculum, revisiting key topics at an age-appropriate level.  L4L lessons include are taught by form tutors from across the school, involving a variety of activities, resources and guest speakers when appropriate.


Main Topics Covered

Year 7

Year 7 students begin their PSHCE lessons in their tutor group with their tutors. They ‘get to know’ the form using the Family Links programme. Target setting following their first Snapshot reports is also a focus with tutors. Throughout the rest of the year the students covering many issues including:

  • Playing Safe: the dangers of tobacco; cybersafety
  • Me and My Money: managing pocket money
  • Citizenship: Young carers; stereotypes; me and my values
  • Being Healthy: physical health and fitness; emotional health, including body image and Mindfulness; healthy diet
  • Healthy Relationships: includes me and my family; and the importance of friendship and bullying
  • Meeting the School Nurse
  • Dealing with an emergency
  • An introduction to The Edge

Year 8

Year 8 students revisit topics that they began looking at in Year 7 in a more detailed, age-appropriate manner. Students receive five sessions looking at each topic:

  • The Real Game: an introduction to careers, work, money and budgeting
  • Healthy Relationships: different types of relationships, including dating; dealing with bullying and peer pressure. Consent; an introduction to contraception and STIs
  • Playing Safe: road safety; why some young people choose to smoke; how alcohol affects the body; being safe online
  • You and Your Money: the law regarding young people at work; the power of advertising; why we have banks and the different types of accounts; the importance of budgeting; gambling
  • Being Healthy: lifestyle Choices; the importance of healthy eating and exercise; where our food comes from; your food choices, including animal welfare and Fairtrade
  • Children’s Rights: your rights and responsibilities; UNICEF case studies about young people around the world; responsibilities, choices and consequences; I Am Malala.
  • Being Healthy: what emotional health is; ups and downs in a normal day; dealing with aggression; being assertive; building resilience; revisiting Mindfulness

Year 9

Students continue to look in depth at subjects over five sessions, following a spiral curriculum.

  • Careers: introducing job descriptions and applications; careers options; challenging gender stereotypes in the workplace; transferrable skills in the workplace; CV writing
  • Healthy Relationships: understanding what is meant by consent; different types of contraception available and their importance in preventing STIs and pregnancy; checking yourself
  • Playing Safe: using the internet safely; considering why some young people choose to use cannabis; the dangers of drugs
  • Enterprise: setting up your own business
  • Diversity: current affairs in the news, with a particular focus on sexual identity and gender identity
  • Human Rights: current affairs in the news, to include sexism, disablist language and attitudes, and racism
  • Being Healthy: the importance of maintaining good emotional health and the warning signs; how to seek help; positive actions to help maintain good mental health.
  • Talk from a survivor of the Holocaust

Year 10

Building upon their work from previous years, students revisit key topics in an age-appropriate and relevant manner.

  • Preparing for Work Experience
  • Careers: your post-16 options; the current labour market; where to find job adverts and how to apply (cover letters and CVs); references; interview skills
  • Sex and the consequences: consent; recapping the importance of contraception; recapping STIs, focusing on HIV and AIDS; pregnancy- the options; the implications of being a young parent
  • Citizenship and Democracy: students consider topical issues, which may include: how the British political system works, what the different political parties stand for, whether voting should be compulsory, when young people should be allowed to vote, what the Commonwealth is?
  • You and Your Money: attitudes towards money and budgeting; how to manage a bank account carefully; wage slips, taxes, pensions, etc.
  • Playing Safe and Healthy Relationships: why some people choose to take drugs, including the dangers and penalties for doing so; internet safety, particularly focusing on the dangers of sharing images online; recognising the signs of an unhealthy relationship and where to seek help
  • Religion and Philosophy: the right to life; the right to death; the morality of war; homosexuality from a religious point of view
  • Body Image and Gender Attitudes: gender stereotypes and where they come from; he power of advertising and the media

Year 11

The Year 11 curriculum is adapted throughout the year to meet the students’ needs. Many issues are explored in a shorter amount of time. The following issues will be covered and readdressed as appropriate.

  • Choices and Consequences: talk from Oxfordshire Fire Service about road safety
  • A talk from the Teenage Cancer Trust.
  • Citizenship: I Am Malala
  • Dealing with emergency situations and how to access the NHS
  • Preparing for the challenges of Year 11, with a focus on managing time
  • Good study skills (recapping revision techniques)
  • Careers: post-16 options
  • You and Your Health: meeting the School Nurse, recapping the importance of sleep and a healthy diet
  • Religion and Philosophy
  • Healthy Relationships: what makes a healthy relationship; how to seek support
  • Dealing with exam stress and the benefits of physical activity
  • You and Your Money: ways to avoid debt and how to deal with issues
  • Playing Safe: choices young people face and exploring ways to manage risk safely
  • Gender stereotyping and attitudes towards others
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