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Life Skills

Curriculum Principles:

  • To develop the unique character of every child to enable them to flourish in a changing society.
  • To create time to develop the necessary language needed in order to challenge injustice and express a carefully considered and informed viewpoint
  • To understand fundamental British values in order to positively challenge inequality
  • To raise their awareness of different religious faiths and the impact these may have on the lives of individuals throughout the world
  • To build the resilience and confidence needed to recognise and respond appropriately to risky situations using appropriate strategies to protect health and well-being
  • To make a positive contribution to the school and wider community taking action where necessary to influence positive change
  • To equip students with employability, team working and leadership skills in order to secure their future pathways and the destinations they aspire to reach
  • To support students to become financially capable and to raise their awareness of their rights and responsibilities as consumers

Curriculum intent

Our curriculum is built on three core themes; Relationships, Health & Wellbeing, and Life and Religion in the Wider World. These themes are embedded through the Life Skills curriculum to ensure the unique character of every child is developed. Within each theme students will develop the knowledge and understanding of key concepts to enable them to flourish in the real world. They will be equipped with the language needed to question and debate in order to positively challenge inequality and present an informed viewpoint. Students will be guided to reflect on their position and status in society whilst appreciating others. They will also increase their participation in bringing about positive change within the school and wider community. Misconceptions and stigmas associated with certain topics will be explored in order to shape views and opinions using facts and evidence.

Through the delivery of Relationships, students will explore the knowledge, skills and language to be able to develop and maintain meaningful relationships, build resilience and challenge inequality, as well as having the confidence to manage risky situations. Students are supported to respect equality and to become productive members of a diverse community.

The learning opportunities found within the Health and Wellbeing theme will provide students with the knowledge and strategies to manage physical and mental wellbeing. There is an emphasis on guiding students to make informed choices regarding personal safety and ensuring students have the capability of managing change. Students are equipped with the skills and knowledge required to respond effectively in an emergency, including administering first aid.

In Life and Religion in the Wider World, students will explore the major world faiths and their points-of-view regarding a number of key issues. This unit will also prepare students by equipping them with information, advice, employability skills and qualities to secure their future pathways and destinations by raising their aspirations. Within this theme there is an emphasis on financial capability, planning for expenditure and understanding debt. Students are supported to become critical consumers, considering how their personal finance choices can affect themselves and others.