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Curriculum

Lessons for life (pshe)

Lessons for Life overview for parents and carers 

All schools have a duty to ensure that all students receive a rich and relevant Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) curriculum. Some aspects of this are statutory and as an academy, we feel that we have a moral obligation to: prepare our students for life beyond education, equip them to be successful citizens; and to make a positive contribution to society.

OBA’s PSHE provision is delivered through our Lessons for Life programme which is encompasses seven key foci: 

All of the above foci are underpinned by the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

Oversight of this provision lies with Mr Matt Oakes, Assistant Principal – Personal Development. The Coordinator of Lessons for Life is Mr Liam Hussey. 

Intent- The Vision of Lessons for Life:

We strive for all our students to develop an understanding of the ever-changing world in which we live, develop the skills necessary to take an active role in society and manage their life effectively. We believe the key to doing this is the education of young people. We proudly invest time, effort and money in our Lessons for Life provision so that students develop the skills necessary to make informed choices that allow them lead a happy, prosperous and successful life in modern Britain.

Implementation

Lessons for Life is delivered to all year groups for one hour per week in their form groups. Resource production is led by the Coordinator of Lessons for Life and Form Tutors deliver sessions to students. We have a set of ground rules which all students must follow to ensure the learning environment within Lessons for Life sessions is stimulating and purposeful.

The delivery of Lessons for Life features a wide range of teaching and learning techniques that are suitable to the students’ age and the topic in question. We also work with partner organisations, visitors and guest speakers to enrich Lessons for Life.  We encourage students to involve themselves with the wide range of development opportunities on offer such as peer mentoring, student leadership roles and fund-raising activity. 

Lessons for Life is taught in a project based approach whereby students study a different topic each half term. All Lessons for Life experiences are based on meaningful topics and are delivered in a clear and logical sequence of learning. Projects last for the duration of the half term and students work in a booklet that allows them to gain a deep insight into the project in question and provides a clear sequence of learning.  Prior learning is referred to, revisited regularly and is also reinforced by learning in other subject areas. 

Impact

By the nature of its content and aims, it is more difficult to assess, track and ascertain the impact of Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education.  Students will develop a wide range of skills and knowledge as a result of their Lessons for Life sequences of learning. Unlike all other subject areas, there are no exam outcomes for Lessons for Life. Further, the greatest impact our work here will be realised in students’ personal lives and may well be felt beyond their life with us at the Academy. 

That said, we have a rigorous Quality Assurance programme for Lessons for Life. This forms part of the wider Academy Quality Assurance programme and is in line with the Quality Assurance works undertaken by other subject areas to assess the Quality of Education.

There are number of measurable outcomes for the Lessons for Life Quality Assurance package: 

  • Evaluations completed by students at the start and end of each project
  • Student voice
  • Parent voice
  • Staff voice
  • Quality Assurance of delivery which includes learning walks, lesson observations and moderating of completed student booklets. 

 

We celebrate and recognise achievements within our Lessons for Life provision on social media and in the academy newsletter. We also share some of our successes in this area with the local press. 

 

Feedback/Questions

If you have any questions or would like to provide feedback regarding the Lessons for Life/PSHE programme, please contact Mr M Oakes, Assistant Principal – Personal Development, at [email protected]

Links:

Government guide to RSE for Parents
Parent letter

The Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) & Health Education policy can be found on our Policies page

A list of projects to be taught can be downloaded below.