Learning for Life (PSHE)

At Loreto College “Learning for Life” (PSHE) is an integral part of our curriculum and is embedded in the ethos of the school.  Personal development is enhanced as young people develop the skills they need to grow and develop as individuals and members of society.  We want our young people to be healthy, both mentally and physically, form strong and safe relationships and develop an awareness about the world and their place within it. When they leave us, we will have prepared them for the world of work and taught them the skills to be able to lead happy and healthy adult lives.

Form teachers deliver the PSHE curriculum through seven key lessons during the year and subject areas have identified additional aspects of PSHE that are delivered by subject teachers.  This approach allows all staff to be involved in the delivery of such a vital part of a young person’s education.

As recommended by the PSHE Association, we focus on these three areas:

  1. Health and well-being
  2. Relationships
  3. Living in the wider world (economic well-being and careers)

In year 7, the pupils are advised about looking after their own health and well-being, studying topics such as changes through puberty, the benefits of exercise, the dangers of smoking, the importance of a balanced diet and sleep.  They learn how to be safe online and how to protect their “online presence.” By the end of KS3, these themes have been revisited, not only through PSHE but in science, computing and PE.  First aid training is incorporated in years 8 and 9 in PE, as students learn to look after the health and well-being of others as well as themselves. Drugs education continues in years 8 and 9, with alcohol and recreational drugs education taught. How to manage stress and anxiety (in year 9) are also discussed, as well as raising self-esteem and resilience across all three years.

Year 7 pupils also learn how to form and manage strong relationships, primarily with their friends and they are armed with the skills to address bullying, including the growing issue of cyber-bullying. By Year 9, more intimate relationships have been discussed and pupils are equipped with the skills to recognise the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships, and where they can go for support. Specialist speakers are invited into school to ensure that certain topics are addressed in a sensitive and age-appropriate way – e.g. drug awareness and sexual health education.

At GCSE and A Level, the themes of health and well-being and relationships are developed further and opportunities for discussion are encouraged within forms. There is also a greater emphasis on careers and the world of work, as students move towards adulthood. We invite in representatives from the workplace to share their experiences and offer work placement opportunities. Post-16 and post-18 educational opportunities are highlighted, and further life skills are covered, such as managing a budget.

In addition to the PSHE curriculum, it is always our intent to offer as many extracurricular opportunities as possible throughout years 7-13.  These generally include RE Retreats, STEM days, creative arts activities, sports leadership courses, Lenten fundraising, the drama festival, school productions, music concerts, gym and dance displays, and university visits.  Our “themed cross curricular weeks” allow partnerships between departments and stimulate creativity. We also have an active School Council and a WOW group (Women of the World) promoting and discussing equality issues.

 

 

Specialist days and events 2019/20
In addition to the above programme a number of specialist days are arranged for different year groups.

Year 7

• PGL outdoor activities trip – developing friendships and facing challenges.
• Retreat
• Zoo trip (Science)
• Global Send My Friend to School campaign.

 

Year 8

• Arts day – developing talents and interests
• STEM day – inspiring challenge and independent learning
• Retreat
• Classics day
• MFL fun day
• Thames Barrier Trip (Geography)

 

Year 9

• Go to work day
• Careers Fair
• Retreat
• Sports Leaders – developing leadership and team work skills.

 

Year 10

• Retreat
• Careers Day
• Forensics Day (science)
• Duke of Edinburgh

 

Year 11

• Well being carousel
• Post 16 advice, including 6th form, college and apprenticeships talks/visits. eg. Big Purple Bus and Oaklands College.

 

Sixth Form

• Cambridge induction week visit
• Nottingham University visit
• Learn to Live event (safe driving event)
• Student Leadership conference
• “Wear it Pink Day” and other fundraising activities
• EPQ opportunity
• Reading in registration
• Work experience

 

Other opportunities for “Learning for Life” across the year groups:

  • School musicals
  • Swimming galas
  • Gym and Dance display
  • Drama Festival
  • Summer Arts Showcase
  • Reading week
  • British Library workshop (library monitors)
  • School Council and school council Trip
  • JPIC group (Justice, peace and the integrity of creation)
  • Sustainable St Albans
  • Lenten Fundraising

 

Themed Weeks

At Loreto we have a themed, cross curricular week each year which incorporates many links with Learning for Life. Over the years these have included:

  • Water week
  • Olympic week
  • Joy in our planet week
  • Freedom week
  • Truth week
  • Justice week
  • Sincerity week
  • Internationality week
  • Excellence week

 

Page updated September 2019