Learning 4 Life

Learning 4 Life  - Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education

PSHE and Citizenship is taught as an entitlement and is embraced by all staff.  The statutory aspects of Citizenship and Sex & Relationships Education are covered across the curriculum and within our Learning 4 Life Programme. This programme is delivered to students across all year groups at relevant times in a variety of settings. The aims of implementing the Learning 4 Life Programme within our school is to equip all pupils with the knowledge and skills to make responsible and well informed decisions about their lives so that they are able to move forward with confidence, health, independence and remain safe. These skills and values should enable our pupils to make a positive contribution to society as knowledgeable, considerate and responsible citizens.

Delivery and Staffing

The Learning 4 Life Programme is delivered each week during Academic Tutorial. Students have a dedicated lesson each week together with five specific learning days throughout the year delivered by specialist teams of staff . Themed assemblies are also held throughout the year and are delivered by SLT, House Leaders, Staff and Students.

Curriculum

Within the Learning 4 Life Programme students are taught

Personal Social and Health Education  

Personal Social and Health Education supports individual young people to make safe and informed choices. It can help tackle public health issues such as substance misuse and help young people with the financial decisions they must make.Skills and attitudes acquired through PSHE education have a significant impact on pupuils' academic achievement, employability and future life chances.

Sessions are based around three core themes of Relationships, Health and Wellbeing and Living in the Wider World
We work with external partners to deliver aspects of the programme.

Overview

Core Theme One -Health and Wellbeing

  • how to manage transition
  • how to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing including sexual health*
  • about parenthood and the consequences of teenage pregnancy
  • how to assess and manage risks to health and to stay, and keep others, safe
  • how to identify and access help, advice and support
  • how to make informed choices about health and wellbeing matters including drugs, alcohol and tobacco; maintaining a balanced diet; physical activity; emotional health and wellbeing and sexual health
  • how to respond in an emergency including administering first aid
  • the role and influence of the media on lifestyle.

Core Theme 2: Relationships

  • how to develop and maintain a variety of healthy relationships within a range of social/cultural contexts and to develop parenting skills
  • how to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships
  • how to deal with risky or negative relationships including all forms of bullying (including the distinct challenges posed by online bullying) and abuse, sexual and other violence and online encounters
  • about the concept of consent in a variety of contexts (including in sexual relationships)
  • about managing loss including bereavement, separation and divorce
  • to respect equality and be a productive member of a diverse community
  • how to identify and access appropriate advice and support.

Core Theme 3: Living in the wider world: economic wellbeing, careers and the world of work

  • about rights and responsibilities as members of diverse communities, as active citizens and participants in the local and national economy
  • how to make informed choices and be enterprising and ambitious
  • how to develop employability, team working and leadership skills and develop flexibility and resilience
  • about the economic and business environment
  • how personal financial choices can affect oneself and others and about rights and responsibilities as consumers

Students will soon have access to Zumos Personal Well Being software to ensure that are able to gain support inside and outside of school to help improve self esteem and improve confidence

Citizenship

Our citizenship education helps to provide pupils with knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to play a full and active part in society. In particular, fostering an awareness and understanding of democracy, government and how laws are made and upheld. We also work towards equipping students with the skills and knowledge to explore political and social issues critically, to weigh evidence, debate and make reasoned arguments.

The curriculum aims to also promote British values, encouraging respect and tolerance across different cultures. Citizenship is covered within the Learning 4 Life Programme PSHE curriculum and in core subject areas such as History, RE and Geography.  

Overview

  • How the United Kingdom is governed, its political system and how citizens participate actively in its democratic systems of government.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the role of law and the justice system in our society and how laws are shaped and enforced.
  • Develop an interest in, and commitment to, participation in volunteering as well as other forms of responsible activity.
  • Money on a day-to-day basis, and plan for future financial needs
  • Understand British values to include respect and tolerance towards others
  • Consider the rights and responsibilities of all

Delivery

Each week Citizenship is delivered in Academic Tutorial Sessions by Academic Tutors  , discussion and debate around topical issues and current affairs is also delivered in a additional Academic Tutorial later that week. Citizenship is also studied by every student during Learning 4 Life Specific Learning Days and  is taught by specialist teams of staff  to all year groups on a rotational basis throughout the year.

Key Staff

PSHE Coordinator – Miss R. Woods  r.woods@gateacre.org
Citizenship Coordinator – Mr C. Murray c.murray@gateacre.org
Careers and IAG – Mrs J. Boyd – j.boyd@gateacre.org
Careers Adviser – Carol Byrne (Career Connect)  available in school Tuesday and Thursday

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