'Education for Life’ Programme
The ‘Education for Life’ (EfL) programme runs a weekly lesson for Years 7 to 11. The compulsory elements of the course, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), Health Education and Careers Education are taught as part our social, moral and cultural curriculum.
The aim of the programme is to offer students the opportunity to acquire knowledge and develop skills which will enable them to keep themselves and others physically, emotionally and mentally safe.
Within the delivery of our EfL lessons our focus will be on our School core ICARE skills of independence, creativity, active learning, resilience and empathy where students will also be provided with guidance to employment and higher education prospects, while allowing them to become informed UK citizens who are able to maturely justify their opinions and show empathy to others.
The schemes of work will be delivered by tutors once a week in a rolling programme, and the curriculum will cover the following topics for each year group. Where there is a repeated title, the content will be age appropriate and incremental to what has been taught before.
Year 7: Being Safe, Mental Wellbeing, Healthy Eating, Physical Health and Fitness, Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco and Careers
Year 8: Online and the Media, The Changing Adolescent Body, Basic First Aid, Mental Wellbeing, Health and Prevention and Careers
Year 9: Respectful Relationships, Mental Wellbeing, Drugs and Addictions, Internet Safety and Harms British Justice System: Democracy and Freedom and Careers
Year 10: Respectful Relationships, Mental Wellbeing, Sexual health, Internet Safety and Harms, Young Adulthood and Responsibility and Careers
Year 11: Sexual Relationships, Personal Health, Mental Wellbeing and Careers
Assessment for the EfL course will be in the form of end of unit appraisals and reflection journals. Students will be required to demonstrate their understanding of the topics covered, via discussion and multiple choice questioning. They will also have opportunities to record their learning in an EfL journal, as necessary.
The curriculum is further enriched by a program of external guests who are invited to attend classes to deepen students understanding of the issues that they study. Workshops on the related topics of finance, drug abuse and road safety will be on offer throughout the first term, and ongoing throughout the year.