Learning 4 Life - Year 11

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Learning for Life SMSC Position statement.  Year 11


Underneath the Learning for Life umbrella we are committed to providing high quality learning opportunities for all students regardless of gender, academic ability, social background, religious belief or ethnicity.

Through a variety of learning and reflective opportunities our students are encouraged to develop a moral conscience and the ability to consider ethical, economic and spiritual issues.

Year 11 undertook the challenge of the Moral Maze in Autumn term one. This unit is designed to encourage students to develop their opinions about a range of controversial subjects as well as better understand a variety of other viewpoints. Pupils were asked to develop thinking and discussion about moral issues. Many questions were posed to the students such as: Is it right to judge others? Is there a difference between ‘good and bad’ and ‘good and evil’? and Is it ever right to use another individual to get what you want? Many other questions were used as debate tools and gave the year elevens opportunity to forge opinions and argue for what they thought was right.

Over the remainder of the term many other moral issues were covered. Each lesson was designed to engage pupils and asked them to develop social skills, expose them to a variety of scenarios that they may not have encountered previously. Here students were considering: Suffering, Animal rights, Notions of evil, Poverty and Euthanasia. Within the lessons pupils were encouraged to develop their TRICs skills of Team: value others’ input (especially with sensitive/challenging issues), is fair and considerate as well as Reflective: Considers work carefully and justifies answers.

Currently, in Autumn term two, the year elevens are studying the ‘Future Reflections Unit (post 16 Choices)’ unit. This section of the SMSC is asking pupils to begin to look at attitudes to school, reflections on beliefs about success and barriers to learning. Students are asked analyse the ways in which they learn best. Which careers they are interested in and begin the preparation for post 16 studies. Through this unit of work we want our pupils:

•          To understand attitudes towards education and schools

•          To reflect on how students learn best

•          Looking at career choices and qualifications

•          To look at year 11 as a route through to post 16 study

•          To prepare a personal action plan.

Through this unit of work we aim for student to demonstrate the ability to reflect on  past successes and failures and plan for a successful future after year 11, as well as this pupils are being encouraged to use strategies for understanding their own preferred way of learning.

Running concurrently with this we run Learning for Life tutor sessions that look at, through a variety of activities, Team, Reflective, Independent and Creative (TRICS) learning.

Learning for Life teachers enthusiastically inspire students to discuss and debate SMSC issues outside the classroom. We ask our students to enquire, consider and question in lessons and beyond so they may become more rounded individuals whose opinions are valued and listened to.

Director of Learning and Standards:

Year 11: Miss McCullough

Success is never final. Failure is never fatal. It is courage that counts. - Winston Churchill

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