Learning for Life (PSHE)

The “Learning for Life” (LfL) programme at Loreto contributes to pupils’ personal development by helping them to build their personal identities, confidence and self-esteem, to make career choices and to understand what factors should influences their decisions, including financial ones.

Developing self-understanding, empathy and the ability to work with others helps young people to enjoy healthy and productive relationships in all aspects of their lives.

The promotion of pupils’ personal and social development is a fundamental aspect of education and underpins other learning. Personal development is enhanced as young people develop the skills they need to grow and develop as individuals and members of society.

Personal and social development is a function of all subjects and curriculum areas and at Loreto LfL is an integral part of the curriculum and embedded in the ethos of the school.

The following areas are included in LfL at Loreto:

  • Personal wellbeing
  • Economic well-being and financial capability
  • Democracy and Justice
  • Rights and responsibilities
  • Identities and diversity- living together in the UK
  • Careers education
  • Careers information
  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Work related learning

Our integrated programme involves the following:

  • Subject areas at times specified by departments, 2 hours per class, per subject area
  • 7+ hours of dedicated PSHE sessions per year group, delivered by tutors and outside agencies
  • Assemblies, form time and Mass
  • Residential trips and day trips
  • Drama, sport and musical activities
  • Christmas Hampers and Lenten Fundraising
  • Specialist days and events


Specialist Days

In addition to the above programme covering, Health, Safety, Drugs, Diversity, SRE, Careers, Rights and Responsibilities and financial awareness, a number of specialist days are arranged for different year groups.

Yr 7

  • Creative Arts Day Developing confidence through Music, Dance, Art and Drama
  • PGL Adventure Trip Friendships and facing challenges
  • Retreat Exploring Friendship and Faith
  • Global “Send My Friend to School” campaign

Yr 8

  • Arts Day Developing talents and interests
  • RE Day Understanding Faith
  • STEM day Inspiring challenge and independent learning
  • Retreat Exploring Faith and Responsibilities

Yr 9

  • Insight into Industry Introduction to STEM careers, team work and Leadership
  • Work Shadow Day Experiencing the world of work
  • Retreat Exploring diversity in Faith

Yr 10

  • RE Retreat Relationships
  • Careers Day Career exploration and action planning

Yr 11

  • Well-being carousel
  • Post-16 Education Advice (“What Next?”)

Yr 12

  • Brighton Retreat New friendships and team building
  • Higher Education Conf. Exploring opportunities
  • Cambridge University visit as introduction to university life


Themed Weeks

At Loreto we have a themed week each year which incorporates many links with LfL. Over the last few years these have included the following:

  • China Week – appreciation of diversity in our world
  • Water Week – appreciation of our environment and compassion for those less fortunate
  • Olympic Week -appreciation of skills and talents, resilience and challenge
  • Joy in our Planet Week -appreciation of the world we live in and the joy of creation
  • “Freedom” Week
  • “Truth” Week
  • “Justice” Week
  • “Sincerity” Week


Page updated July 2018