Learning For Life

Learning for Life (LFL) at Hurstmere

The purpose of LFL is to be able to dovetail between the important areas of PSHE (Personal Social and Health Education), Sex and Relationship Education and Citizenship Education. We provide PSHE and Citizenship lessons via timetable lessons in KS3 and the whole school LFL ‘Carousel’, taught fortnightly by a range of teachers and Senior Leaders. Heads of Year and senior management will also deliver weekly assemblies that cover many areas highlighted in our LFL programme. Content of such a programme may include topics such as:

  • Staying safe and Healthy
  • Healthy eating
  • Fitness
  • Mental Health awareness
  • Staying Safe online
  • Anti Bullying
  • Substance misuse
  • Gang and youth Violence
  • FGM
  • Racism
  • Transphobic and Homophobic abuse

PSHE is currently not a statutory requirement for schools but many issues that are central to a successful and effective SMSC and Safeguarding programme, will feature in both PSHE and Citizenship education.

Welfare and safeguarding can only be fully addressed through a programme of PSHE

Janet Palmer - Lead HMI Ofsted Inspector, 2015.

Our aims to providing PSHE within the LFL programme are to:

1. Raise Attainment

Children with higher levels of emotional behavioural and social wellbeing have higher levels of academic achievement and are more engaged in school both now and in later years” DFE 2012

2. Help prepare students for life’s ‘Key Moments’

3. Safeguarding and Welfare

4. Personal awareness

5. Behavioural awareness

The Learning for Life curriculum at KS4 also incorporates the study of Religious Education. The study of Religious Education at KS4 enables students to extend and deepen their knowledge and understanding of religions and other world views developed at KS3. It also allows students to explore the impact of religions on the values of individuals and groups and their impact on social and moral issues in the modern world. Examples of topics students currently study in this context include:

  • Religion, Peace and War,
  • Religion, Crime and Punishment,
  • Religion v Secularism in Modern Britain,
  • Religion, Human Rights and Social Justice.