AIMS AND ETHOS
Life Skills at Southam College provides students with a diverse programme of learning which covers both PSHE (Personal, social, health and economic) and Citizenship topics. The Life Skills curriculum aims to help students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development. In addition, we are passionate to help students develop the skills and knowledge necessary for healthy, safe, fulfilling and responsible lives both now and later on in life. We feel it is important for students to have the awareness and understanding on current, topical issues that may arise as they are growing up in a rapidly changing world but also how to develop empathy and appreciation for each other as they become active members of a society. Additionally, we feel it is important for students to learn to recognise their strengths and weaknesses in a variety of fields and to develop self esteem and confidence needed to face the personal challenges they may come across in life.
THE LIFE SKILLS CURRICULUM
What is particularly special about Life Skills at Southam College is that we have explicit, designated learning time within the timetable for our subject. All students are taught Life Skills, both within KS3 and KS4.
- Years 7, 8 and 9 have two hours of lessons per fortnight.
- Years 10 and 11 have a one hour lesson per fortnight.
In lessons, students cover all aspects of PSHE and Citizenship in line with the 2014 National Curriculum. We regard Sex and relationship education (SRE) as an important part of our Life Skills curriculum and we refer to the Secretary of State’s guidance when delivering these lessons. Please refer to the Life Skills SRE document and the whole school SRE policy for further guidance on this.
Students study the following topic areas:
In addition, students in year 10 work towards a Character Education Award for Employability Skills where they have the opportunity to go on a Work Experience placement in the Summer holiday. Students prepare a CV, take part in a Mock interview with real life Employers and learn how to write an application form and covering letter. We are proud to work alongside the Careers department, Mr Hughes, to be able to deliver an exciting program to help develop student skills so vital for the real world.
Although students do not have an external examination, we feel that assessment is just as necessary in Life Skills as in all other subject areas. Students undertake a diverse range of formative and summative assessment techniques across all topic areas. Students have regular opportunities to reflect on and identify to what extent learning outcomes have been achieved, and to know how to make further progress; in particular through the use of regular end of topic assessments across all year groups and the use of Independent Home Learning Projects that students take responsibility with.
We also benefit from outside agencies coming into school to support and develop learning. We have Road Safety professionals from Warwickshire County Council running sessions through the ‘Driver Ambitions’ programme. We closely work alongside the Careers Department within school and have a range of Employers who support our new Employability Skills programme of study. We are fortunate enough to have close contact with the local Police Community Support Officers who also offer workshops to our students on a wide range of issues including Sexting and Hate Crime. Look out for our Newsletters and Student Success Stories to read all about the wonderful opportunities students are getting involved with and being proactive to engage in.
Parents/Carers who have any questions about the Life Skills curriculum are more than welcome to contact the Head of Department.
Miss Campbell and the Life Skills team.