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Shenley Brook End School

Shenley Brook End School

Life Skills


We study Life Skills to enable students to develop key skills and acquire the knowledge needed to help them make informed choices throughout their lives. Content is woven through three spiral themes of health and wellbeing, living in the wider world and relationships. The statutory Relationship and Sex Education and Health Education is delivered through Life Skills. This includes financial and economic awareness, careers research, health and wellbeing and relationships education developing both inter and intrapersonal skills. Students are encouraged through the Magenta Principles of thinking, talking, and doing so that they can develop and challenge attitudes and values which are moulded by the modern day lived events and experiences in their local communities.

Ultimately this non-exam-based subject provides students with the soft employability skill set required by employers to navigate adolescent and adult life. Students will work collaboratively and independently, practically and in written format to become citizens capable of making informed decisions with sound knowledge.

Life Skills supports students in developing 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.

Further breakdown of curriculum and content is available via the Life Skills Road Map and curriculum maps.

The Team/Facilities

The Life Skills Team is led by the Team Leader.

The teaching team are comprised of teachers from all subject areas across the school 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 the early focus is on metacognition; students discover what makes them unique before considering how to work to their strengths and develop their weaknesses. There is greater emphasis on safety and staying safe particularly on-line and social media.

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 three key themes in the Life Skills curriculum continue in KS4, in Year 9 students are encouraged to explore a range of issues whilst developing their competence in a variety of transferable skills. 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.

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.

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.