Learning for Life is a well-recognised programme which helps young people to develop all aspects of themselves. It provides a combined approach to the development of personal learning and thinking skills; the PSHE curriculum; social, moral, spiritual and cultural development; and preparation for life beyond school.
Learning for Life is a scheduled learning experience and incorporates aspects of religious education, careers work, citizenship, financial awareness and health-related topics as well as covering areas which support emotional development including bereavement and making relationships work. Some topics are covered by form tutors and others and experienced through a rotation. Currently we have 5x 20 min L4L tutor sessions per week, one of which is given over to a year group assembly.
The school provides sex education in the core curriculum for all students, in which students are encouraged and guided by moral principles and taught to recognise the value of family life. A full statement of the school’s sex and relationships education policy is available to parents. It has been drawn up in consultation with staff, students and parents, and takes into account the views of representatives from the community. It has regard for the government’s guidance in Sex and Relationship Education Guidance (0116/2000). In accordance with legislation the biological aspects of human reproduction remain compulsory for all students, but parents may withdraw their children from any other part of the sex education provided without giving reasons.
Religious Education is a delivered through our Learning for Life Curriculum in Year 9. The course covers elements of ethical, philosophical and religious understanding that prepares students to be religiously literate for the 21st century. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from the religious education elements of learning for life. The school also has a programme of collective worship involving some whole-school assemblies and tutor group assemblies. Parents have a right to withdraw their children
The Learning for Life curriculum is a cornerstone of learning at Arrow Vale and is covered in the following areas:
- Learning for Life sessions during tutor time
- Our SMS/PSHE curriculum in Years 9, 10 and 11
- The development of KASE in every lesson
- The Arrow Vale learning journal
Each year group covers a range of interesting units which develop the wider KASE skills alongside specific themed content. Details can be found on the Year 9 and Key Stage 4 pages. Learning for Life sessions are characterised by opportunities to hear and share different viewpoints within a safe, well-managed learning environment.