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Shenley Brook End School

Shenley Brook End School

Life Skills


We study Lifeskills to enable students' to develop key skills and acquire the knowledge needed to help them make informed choices throughout their lives. Spiral themes include financial and economic awareness, careers research, relationships developing both inter and intrapersonal skills. This is achieved both by challenging and developing attitudes and values which are moulded by modern day events and local communities. This subject provides students with the soft employability skillset required to navigate adolescent and adult life. Students will work collaboratively and independently, practically and in written format to become global citizens capable of making informed decisions with sound knowledge.

Life Skills provides students with the attitudes, skills, knowledge, understanding and values required for successful participation in the school and the wider community. By blending Learn 2 Learn, PSHE and Citizenship the Life Skills curriculum has been specifically designed to help support students through skills based learning. This approach is used to tackle topics that are relevant to students at their stage of life and support them in their holistic development.

The Team/Facilities

The Life Skills Team is led by the Team Leader – Mrs K Rapson.

The teaching team are comprised of teachers from all subject areas across the school in order to ensure that the students achieve the very best support and guidance during their time at Shenley Brook End School.

Key Stage 3

Throughout years 7 and 8 students discover what makes them unique before considering how to work to their strengths and also develop upon their weaknesses. This involves development of their ‘smarts’ through the Brainstation event as well as learning how to become more emotionally intelligent. During the Brainstation challenge teams demonstrate that ‘it’s not how smart they are but how they’re smart that counts’ as they compete to find out how Number Smart, Body Smart, Music Smart, Word Smart, Self Smart, People Smart, Nature Smart and Picture Smart they are and what blend makes them them. Reflection enables students to identify their strongest smarts and examine way to make their weaker smarts stronger. As students develop their understanding of themselves they consider their interaction with the community at both a local and national scale through the investigation of risk as well as rights and responsibilities.

Students are exposed to the key themes of health and wellbeing, relationships, choices and financial awareness, wellbeing and being a responsible citizen. This spiral pathway allows for more relevant and in depth learning to take place at age appropriate times.

Key Stage 4

The Life Skills curriculum in year 9 encourages students to explore a range of issues whilst developing their competence in a variety of transferable skills. Students consider local, national and global issues and how they impact them. Current topics being explored in year 9 are financial planning, crime and safety, communication and relationships. Students develop teamwork, problem solving, discussion, presentation and research skills. In addition, students begin to explore opinions and ideas other than their own. They evaluate information, make informed judgments and reflect on the consequences of their actions both now and in the future. Outside agencies play an important part in enriching the curriculum throughout key stage 4. Students’ skills development and competencies will be assessed by their teachers, rather than through an examination.

Life Skills continues into years 10 and 11 and helps student development beyond the standard subject provision. Life Skills helps students to recognise where their skills can be used and how they can be developed. There is a significant focus on career progression and helping students to prepare for the up and coming challenges post-16.