Life Skills

Head of Faculty

Mrs Amanda Henson

Introduction

An individual student’s welfare and progress lies at the heart of the Schemes of Learning within the (Skills for Life) Faculty. It is very important for a young person to feel stable in their school environment, inspired by the work they and others are involved in and empowered to take control of their own learning and direction within their secondary education and beyond.

 

Across all key stages, we deliver the following strands of the national curriculum and beyond:

  • Citizenship
  • PSHE
  • Careers Education & Impartial Guidance
  • Financial Capability
  • Enterprise Skills
  • Study Skills

Throughout our Life Skills curriculum, using the themes above; we assess ‘Effective Communicator’ skills / Teamworker skills and Citizenship content. Our aim is to equip the young people in our care to learn more about themselves and how they can adapt to life’s situations and make the right choices; whilst raising awareness of the world around them and help them evolve into Global Citizens.

At times throughout each year, we deliver topics of a sensitive nature. It is very important to us, that students feel able to discuss such topics in a respectful, anonymous yet open environment. The faculty has developed the STCA (Student /Teacher/ Classroom/ Agreement) whereby we all agree to follow fundamental rules and procedures to ensure all students and staff feel stable and secure in this environment.

Year 7

We work closely with the Student Development Team, including the Transition Manager, Mrs Sharon Wilson. We have a shared commitment to making sure that all Year 7 students settle as well as possible. We focus on their Effective Communicator and Teamworker skills within the first few weeks. This establishes our expectations of them as independent individuals and as team-players – essential skills to nurture from Year 7.

The topics covered in Year 7 are:

  • Who am I?
  • Team Challenge
  • Leadership Race
  • TGS Sustainability Project
  • It’s My Life and My Choice
  • How do I Learn?
  • Dealing with Emotions
  • Empathy & Bullying
  • Careers Awareness
  • Enterprise Skills
  • Growing up (puberty) and Staying Safe
  • Healthy Eating
  • First Aid

Year 8

We build on the skills developed at Year 7 and focus more on the rights and responsibilities of a Citizen locally and in the world

The topics covered in Year 8 are:

  • How do WE learn together?
  • Team Challenge
  • Human Rights & Responsibilities
  • Discrimination
  • Sustainability: a local environmental issue
  • Enterprise skill challenge: The Dragon Tamer!
  • Democracy: what is it?
  • Global awareness – Fair trade etc.
  • Careers Awareness
  • Healthy Lifestyles and Healthy Relationships
  • e-safety.

Year 9

In this year, as well as the Citizenship theme, we focus heavily on maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle and making the right and safe choices.

The topics covered in Year 9 are:

  • Active Citizens
  • Good and Bad Role Models in society
  • Pressure Groups in society
  • Healthy Lifestyles: Alcohol Awareness
  • Drugs Awareness
  • Sex and Relationships
  • e-safety
  • The Media
  • What it means to be British in the 21st century
  • What it means to be a global citizen in the 21st century
  • Youth Crime & Justice – culminating in a Crime Awareness Day in collaboration with the Prison service & Police service.

At the end of Key Stage 3, we reflect on the skills that have been developed and what has been learnt about the choices you make in life, as well as the comparisons made with other countries in the world.

Year 10

In Year 10, as well as the PSHE curriculum, the emphasis shifts towards supporting them in terms of preparing them to become more independent and responsible. We also focus on each young person being a global citizen – they are not just ‘young citizens’ of their school and local community.

The topics covered in year 10 are:

  • Healthy Lifestyles – preparing a Health Campaign
  • the dangers of addictive behaviours including Gambling
  • Mental health
  • e-safety
  • Drugs awareness and update re: legal highs etc.
  • Financial Capability – managing a budget and avoiding debt
  • Future Career Pathways
  • Britishness
  • Crime & justice
  • Global Citizenship – current topics discussed and debated
    • Politics
    • Study skills – in preparation for the eventual Mock exams.

Year 11

Our main aim is to prepare them for life after GCSEs and to support them through this crucial year.

Topics covered in year 11 are:

  • Preparation for Moving On – Personal profile
  • CVs
  • Interview technique.
  • Preparation for Mock exams – revision skills
  • exam technique
  • managing stress
  • Personal Safety – alcohol awareness
  • e-safety
  • positive relationships & Global Citizenship project.

Year 12

Again, our aim is to prepare our young adults for Post -18 choices and opportunities.

Topics covered in Year 12 are:

  • Time Management
  • Organisation Skills
  • Career Paths Post-18
  • Work Experience
  • Volunteering & charity work opportunities
  • Keeping safe
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Global Citizenship
  • Debating Skills