Learning for Life Teaching Staff
Mrs M Helliwell: Curriculum Leader
Miss E Weir
Mrs M Turner
Mrs T Ostler
Mr C Beeton
Mrs S Venier
Mrs J Boyd
Mrs E Biles
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 in Learning for Life
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 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
Transitions – These sessions focus on moving from one Key Stage to the other, successfully teaching transferrable skills to ensure success. Presentation, debating, organisation, planning, prioritising and becoming independent learners are at the core of these lessons.
Safeguarding – Protecting and equipping our students with the necessary skills in order to be safe is a key priority. Students will learn about topics such as E-safety, radicalisation, CSE, bullying, types of abuse and drugs and the law. These sessions are year appropriate and mainly delivered by our Safer Schools provider.
British Values – In these sessions students learn about the rule of law, democracy, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. Diversity is a key concept for discussion, where students can be secure in their understanding of the intricacies of our political system and accept responsibility for their own actions.
Career Pathways – Students have a comprehensive programme allowing them to explore, research and manage their own individual journeys throughout their time at Oak. We encourage students to think about transferable skills rather than just looking for an end destination. The learning is in the journey and with the fact that employability markets are so changeable, students breadth of skills and experience are, in many cases, far more important to potential employers.
Moral Ethics – Thinking outside the box and being put into stimulating scenarios that require many levels of thought, dominate these sessions. The lessons seek to use real case studies to pose moral and ethical questions in order for students to be self-reflective, build self-esteem and promote self-confidence. Sometimes taking students outside their comfort zones and challenging preconceived ideas, allows for a more holistic and objective discussion.
The Wider World – This module sees students developing their appreciation and knowledge of their physical and emotional wellbeing, becoming more aware about road safety and the new driving test. Students will also have the opportunity to hone their ICT and financial skills, whilst also learning about key aspects of first aid.
There are no formal examinations for this course