Key Stage 4

Life skills combine Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education, citizenship and careers education. It is an important and necessary part of all students’ education, however it does not lead to a formal qualification.

Our Life Skills education programme is used to equip students with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.

Life Skills is delivered mainly within tutor time and covers topics as diverse as: drug education, financial education, sex and relationship education (SRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.

Citizenship education helps to provide students with knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to play a full and active part in society. In particular, citizenship education should foster students’ keen awareness and understanding of democracy, government and how laws are made and upheld. Teaching should equip students with the skills and knowledge to explore political and social issues critically, to weigh evidence, debate and make reasoned arguments. It should also prepare students to take their place in society as responsible citizens, manage their money well and make sound financial decisions.

Careers education is integrated into our extended tutorial programme and complemented by specialist provision; information from employers and post-16 providers; bespoke careers events; and independent careers guidance.

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