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Learning for Life

 Learning for Life KS3 and KS4

The aims and rationale of the curriculum in Years 7- 11 in Learning for Life are:

To ensure that students are equipped with the knowledge they need in order to keep themselves healthy and be able to function successfully in the world beyond school. This includes, ensuring that they are able to make informed choices about relationships and know how to have a safe relationship; ensuring that they understand how money works in a practical sense; exploring British values, including law and politics; developing positive practices to improve mental health and wellbeing and to understand how to have a healthy lifestyle. Students should develop the skills needed to manage money, make informed political decisions, understand the choices they have when they form relationships, both as friends and more intimately and should have practical skills for managing their emotions and mental wellbeing. 

The learning for life curriculum has been constructed in consultation with appropriate external agencies such as school nursing, CAMHS and the careers advice team. It is delivered by a wide range of teachers at HGS once a fortnight. It includes a range of quality assured external providers, including Phase, Herts Young Homeless and the Alcohol Education Trust. The areas of study include the statutory content from the citizenship curriculum and the statutory RSHE curriculum. Computing, Philosophy and Ethics, Geography, History and Science also deliver some aspects of the statutory content. Students learn about each topic area each year and the intention is that they will build on their understanding of topics in an age appropriate manner.

The topics will potentially be delivered at different times of year to different classes in order to ensure that external speakers are available, but the content across each year will be the same for each class. If students take full course PE, they will have a condensed KS4 Learning for Life experience, but the statutory content will still be delivered to them by the PE department using the resources delivered to the rest of the school. 

The content is all compulsory, however, parents will receive a letter each year as there is the right to withdraw your child from lessons which relate directly to sex. All other aspects of the RSHE and Learning for Life curriculum remain compulsory. 

Any further queries, please contact Mrs. L. Cole email

Click here for a detailed curriculum map for Key Stage 3 & Key Stage 4 Learning for Life