Learning for Life aims to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to lead a confident, healthy, independent life and to become an informed, active, responsible citizen.
What are the lessons like?
Each student from Year 7 to Year 11 has one compulsory lesson of Learning for Life each week taught by a team of specialist teachers with a background in Humanities. Each carefully planned lesson fits into a broader scheme of work with an overarching theme that students will revisit each year in order to consolidate their knowledge. The themes (with one a focus on one each term) are:
• My Body
• My Beliefs
• My Role in Society
What content is covered?
Our careers education and guidance programme makes a major contribution to preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. A planned programme of activities supports them in choosing 14 – 19 pathways that suit their interests and abilities and helps them to think about possible future career decisions.
Citizenship education is about helping young people understand the rights and responsibilities they have as members of society. Citizenship offers the opportunity to celebrate our communities. It enriches the curriculum and empowers our students as active citizens. Citizenship aims to ensure that students:
• Know their rights and responsibilities
• Analyse and discuss significant issues
• Understand how society works
• Play an active role in society
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
Our RSE programme encompasses the development of attitudes, beliefs and values about relationships, sexual identity and intimacy and sexuality over five years. Age-appropriate lessons are delivered openly and honestly, in line with the school’s RSE and child protection policies. Younger (Key Stage 3) students will focus more on the relationships aspect whereas older (Key Stage 4) students will also learn about aspects of risk-taking behaviour, including unprotected sexual activity and the misuse of drugs.
SMSC is spiritual, moral, social and cultural education. Here at Ridgeway High School, we see SMSC as an integral part of each student’s educational experience, part of the nurturing of well-rounded, active citizens, ready for the wider world they are soon to enter as adults. Learning for Life lessons contribute to our focus on these key entitlements.
What enrichment opportunities do we offer?
The Learning for Life Department offers a variety of enrichment opportunities, including presentations from outside speakers, house competitions and an annual Personal Development Day. Recent Learning for Life events have included a gang-related-violence production by the Royal Court Theatre entitled ‘Terriers’, a performance and presentation on the dangers of substance misuse from X Factor runners-up ‘Brick City’ and an eye-opening workshop on sexual orientation and homophobia delivered by ‘Diversity Role Models’.
Staff list and responsibilities
Mrs G Moran, Head of Department and History specialist
Mr M Worthington, Teacher of Learning for Life and RE specialist
Mr N Speers, Teacher of Learning for Life and Head of Geography
Mr A Heayns, Teacher of Learning for Life and History specialist
Miss R Cotter, Teacher of Learning for Life and RE specialist