The intent of our Learning for Life Curriculum is:
To enable students to develop the skills and attributes of resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team-working and critical thinking in the context of learning grouped into 5 core themes: Risk and First Aid, Relationships and Sex Education and Health, World and Community, Wellbeing and Careers and Finance.
Through Learning for Life, students develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe and be prepared for life and work in modern Britain. Evidence shows that well-delivered Learning for Life programmes have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for students, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.
By teaching students to stay safe and healthy, and by building self-esteem, resilience and empathy, we intend to eliminate barriers to learning, raise aspirations, and improve the life chances of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged students.
We design our curriculum following advice from Public Health England data, Dorset County Council Children’s Services and our local Police Safer Schools and Community Team on local issues, the PSHE Association curriculum planning tools, the CDI framework for careers and the government guidelines on RSE and Health education.
The student council also have an opportunity each year to suggest issues they would like to study.
Our Learning for Life curriculum is implemented through:
A dedicated team who deliver age appropriate lessons in the above core themes to each year group over the course of the year.
Statutory guidance on what should be taught at each Key Stage is incorporated at every step of the way.
Lessons are be delivered once a week via PowerPoints, discussion activities and practical work. Sessions are also supported by guest speaker talks and discussions when this is appropriate.
Students record their learning journey in a series of personal audits and reflections.
Students are taken on a ‘learning journey’ to:
• extend and deepen their knowledge;
• increase their confidence in skills such as teamwork, discussion, debating and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team-working and critical thinking;
• become more challenging and perceptive in the discussions and debates they have;
The impact of our Learning for Life curriculum is:
For students to leave All Saints better prepared for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life in the modern world.
They will have an understanding of:
• The consequences of choices that they make and know how to keep safe and healthy physically, mentally and in their relationships.
• The world in which they live and how to be a good citizen of their local community as well as the global community.
They will have received training on how to manage their finances.
They will also have had the opportunity to reflect on what makes them who they are, their interests, talents and employability skills and know where to find advice on careers and further studies.
All students will have had the opportunity to be trained in the potentially life-saving skills of First Aid and CPR.