Learning for Life

Learning for Life aims to promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of students at school; and prepares our pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

The Learning for Life curriculum incorporates:

  • Citizenship Education
  • Health and Wellbeing Education
  • Careers and Employability Education
  • Financial Education
  • Relationships and Sex Education
  • Religious Education (at KS4)

Learning for Life is concerned with personal value systems, attitudes and behaviour. The curriculum provides the information and skills to encourage students to take responsibility for their own actions, develop self-awareness and build a positive self-image in order to effectively cope with the demands of modern life. It aims to promote personal, social and moral responsibility and to develop the ability to use information to make clear and skilled choices in regard to decision-making, communication and relationships. Learning for Life supports the development of the knowledge, skills and understanding students need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and to become informed, active, and responsible citizens.

Learning for Life is delivered throughout Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8) and Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11). All students in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 have two one-hour lessons per fortnight. The Sixth Form (Years 12 and 13) Enrichment Programme incorporates issues within Learning for Life too.

What do we study in Learning for Life?

A summary of the units we study in Learning for Life can be found below. 

The Curriculum Map for 2021-22 can be found in the Documents section at the end of this page. 

Key Stage 3

Year 7:

  • The Misbourne Way – Introduction to The Misbourne
  • Diet, Exercise and Healthy Choices
  • Parliament and Democracy
  • Careers and Employability
  • Relationships and Friendships
  • Public Speaking – Developing Oracy

Year 8:

  • Politics and Participation
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Careers and Employability
  • Families and Relationships
  • Public Speaking – Developing Oracy

Developing Oracy

‘Oracy has been undervalued and overlooked within state schools for too long, denying the majority of children and young people opportunities consistently afforded to an advantaged few. It’s time for change’

Voice 21

In 2018-19 we launched an oracy programme designed to develop students’ ability to communicate effectively using spoken language. This approach incorporates Voice 21’s Four Strands of Oracy and ensures that students have the opportunity to receive specific training of how to speak effectively in front of an audience and to receive feedback on the quality of their oracy, clearly identifying areas for development.

Opportunities for developing oracy are incorporated into all schemes of work across Key Stages 3 and 4 and students benefit from a discrete scheme of work where they develop their public speaking ability with a focus on social issues (citizenship themes). Preparation for this will take place in class and for homework. All public speaking takes place in lesson time with teacher and peer feedback provided.

Key Stage 4

Year 9:

  • Drugs and Health Education
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Managing Money
  • Conflict and Consensus 
  • Relationships and Sex Education
  • Careers and Employability

Year 10:

  • Law and Order
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Financial Literacy and Planning
  • Cultural and Religious Diversity
  • Relationships and Sex Education
  • Careers and Study Skills

Year 11:

  • Media Literacy
  • Careers and Employability
  • Relationships and Sex Education
  • Study Skills


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