Life Skills

Curriculum Team Leader

Mrs Amanda Henson


An individual student’s well-being and progress lies at the heart of the Schemes of Learning within the Life Skills Team. It is very important for a young person to feel stable in their school environment, inspired by the work and experiences 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 – a statutory requirement of the curriculum
  • Personal, Social and Health Education – including Relationships & Sex Education as a statutory requirement from September 2020
  • Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance  (CEIAG)
  • Financial Capability
  • Enterprise Skills
  • Study Skills

Throughout our Life Skills curriculum, using the themes above; we assess ‘Effective Communicator’  and ‘Effective Teamworker’ skills, Citizenship and Relationships & Sex Educaiton. 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 team 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 and Transition team. 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
  • E-safety – staying SAFE and RESPONSIBLE on social media
  • How to use my Smartphone appropriately in and out of school
  • TGS Sustainability Project
  • It’s My Life and My Choice
  • How do I Learn?
  • Dealing with Emotions
  • Empathy & Bullying
  • Careers Awareness
  • Democracy: what does it stand for?
  • Enterprise Skills
  • Growing up (puberty) and reminders about Staying Safe
  • LGBT+, equality and gender awareness
  • Healthy Eating
  • First Aid
  • The Mindfulness Programme – managing resilience – delivered in the last term of the Year 7 academic year.

Citizenship progress is reported to parents in two cycles throughout the year.

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
  • Staying safe and responsible online
  • Appropriate use of social media
  • Human Rights & Responsibilities
  • Discrimination
  • Sustainability: a local environmental issue
  • Enterprise skill challenge: The Dragon Tamer!
  • Democracy: You’ve got to be in it to win it.
  • Global awareness – current topics affecting our world.
  • Careers Awareness
  • Healthy Lifestyles and Healthy Relationships
  • LGBT+, equality and gender awareness

Citizenship progress is reported to parents in two cycles throughout the year.

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
  • Relationships and Sex Education – including the dangers of grooming
  • YOLO – You Only Live Once theatre production -covering all aspects of the Healthy Lifestyles module
  • E-safety – staying safe and smart online
  • The Media and how it influences us
  • Mental health – how to maintain and sustain this.
  • 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.

Citizenship progress is reported to parents in two cycles throughout the year.

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 the students 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 – including the ‘Inside Out’ theatre production
  • E-safety – spotting the signs of danger – grooming / extremism behaviour
  • Drugs awareness and updates 
  • Financial Capability – managing a budget and avoiding debt
  • Future Career Pathways – ‘My Future Lifestyle’
  • British Values
  • Crime & justice and the Rule of Law
  • Global Citizenship – current topics researched, discussed and debated
  • Politics and Democracy
  • Study skills – in preparation for the eventual Mock exams, including revision skills, exam technique and managing stress.

Year 11

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

Topics covered in year 11 are:

  • Preparation for Moving On – Personal profiles
  • CVs
  • Interview technique
  • Preparation for Mock exams – revision skills
  • exam technique
  • managing stress
  • Sustaining good Mental Health
  • Positive and equal relationships
  • Personal Safety – alcohol & drug awareness
  • E-safety – staying safe online
  • Global Citizenship project.