'Education for Life’ Programme

'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.

Further details of our Sex and Relationships curriculum can be found below:

Year 7

What kind of friend are you?
Exploring family life
Healthy and unhealthy relationships
Communication and consent
Changing adolescent bodies
Understanding changes
Puberty and menstruation

Year 8

What is respect?
Consent for Kids
Choices - and my body –pregnancy
Personal hygiene
Sexual orientation and gender

Year 9

Bullying or banter?
Prejudice and discrimination
It's not ok to criticise - body image
What is sexual consent?
Healthy and unhealthy relationships
Abusive relationships
Domestic abuse

Year 10

Strength in diversity
Sexual harassment and stalking
Unplanned pregnancy

Year 11

Romantic rights and responsibilities
Manipulation and the narcissist
Rape and consent
Contraception – revisited
STIs – revisited
Pregnancy and parenthood

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