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Learning for Life

Learning for Life Teaching Staff

  • Mrs M Helliwell: Curriculum Leader
  • Mrs Howard
  • Mrs joy
  • Mrs Shinton
  • Miss Weir
  • Mrs Gaffney
  • Mrs Cummings
  • Mrs Ferret
  • Mr Whitworth
  • Mrs Freke

Why Learning for Life is Important:

There is little doubt that the world is changing at an increasingly fast pace and the contexts within which young people live and learn are very different to those experienced a generation ago.  The environments in which our students will find themselves in the future will be different again. This constant change has profound effects both on the students themselves and the skills they will need for social and economic participation and prosperity. As Richard Riley, the US Secretary for education famously said in 1999:

‘We are preparing our students for jobs that don’t exist, using technologies that have not been invented, to solve problems that we haven’t even considered yet’

At Oak Academy students from year 7 to 10 are involved in the Learning for Life programme, which is taught during a one hour slot, once a week.  The curriculum is designed to build on student skills for each topic as they move through the school and are year appropriate.  The programme has been based on feedback from all students and staff within the Academy community, to ensure that we are not only delivering statutory material but also catering for the needs of our students, in an ever changing world.  This element of ‘student voice’ will continue to be a feature within the planning of Learning for Life sessions.

Teaching and Learning:

Learning for Life teachers encourage students to debate, question and learn about their local, regional, national and international place in the world, whilst also gaining practical advice and skills in which to go out into the ‘real world’.The use of stimulus from both History and Current Affairs is a standard part of our  sessions; allowing students to develop emotional intelligence and growth mind-set.  These transferable skills are designed to help our students prosper and function as successful and law-abiding citizens.

The programme seeks to not only enable students to become confident within their own environments, but also listen and gain experience from those in the wider community.  Students will have interactive talks and sessions with companies such as JPMorgan, Bournemouth and Southampton Universities, Safer Schools and PACE, to name but a few.  The power of extending these companies in to the academy allows students to focus on both the academic and environmental importance of education.

The use of stimulus from both History and Current Affairs is a standard part of our sessions; allowing students to develop emotional intelligence and growth mind-set.  These transferable skills are designed to help our students prosper and function as successful and law-abiding citizens.

Whole School Programme

Learning for Life Topics

In line with the Government’s guidelines for Personal, Social and Health Education, as well as an update on Relationships and Sex Education our curriculum is divided in to 3 strands:

  • Living in the Wider World
  • Health Living and Choices
  • Relationships

We also work extensively with Dave Pegg from PACE (Programme for Applied Christian Education).  Students across the school are involved in assemblies every half term and Yr 10 have a dedicated lesson each half term on a different topic.  Resources that have been produced during lockdown can be found below:

Our coverage is extensive and reulalry updated to ensure we are meeting the needs of all stakeholders.

GCSE Specifications

There are no formal examinations for this course