Learning for Life and Work

Aims and Overview of the Learning for Life and Work DepartmentLLW

Local and Global Citizenship –

  1. To understand the rights and responsibilities of citizens of Northern Ireland, and the United Kingdom.
  2. To develop an understanding of diversity within society.
  3. To understand the differences between sections of our community.
  4. To appreciate the democratic process, and the part they can play in it.

Personal Development –

  1. To understand the concepts of health.
  2. To appreciate the risks posed by behaviour, and the dangers of drug abuse.
  3. To develop skills for study.
  4. To understand a sense of self, and the benefits of healthy relationships.

Education for Employability –

  1. To appreciate the value of work.
  2. To understand how skills and interests can be used in shaping a career plan.
  3. To access information on the world of work.
  4. To develop the skills involved in sensible decision making.

Staffing

Mr B. Adams (Subject Leader)
Mrs V. Beattie
Mr A. Blain
Mrs P. Burrows
Mr A. Cowden
Mr S. Crothers
Mr D. McKean
Miss J. Wilson
Miss L. Woods

Facilities

All teachers have access to interactive whiteboards and printing facilities. Relevant and modern textbooks and access to a computer are available to all members of the department.

Why Study Learning for Life and Work?

Pupils need to understand the world in which they live. Pupils also have a need to find a personal identity. Learning for Life and Work widens their experience through a study of situations and concepts both national and international. It offers a pool of human experience which gives a perspective to the pupil’s own experiences.

Contemporary society presents us with a maze of challenges and opportunities that can at times seem overwhelming. We navigate that maze by means of the decisions we make, in our family lives, with friends, at school and at work. Learning for life and work creates a specific space to focus on thinking through major decisions and their implications.

Some relate to our concept of local and global citizenship, such as ‘What are my rights, and what responsibilities go with them? What is my attitude to others who are different? What is “fair”?’ Some are issues of personal development: ‘How can I look after my own well-being? How should I deal with relationships?’ Others relate to employability, such as ‘How is the workplace changing? Taking account of my strengths and interests, where can I best fit in?’

As a general concept, learning for life and work is involved in all meaningful experiences in education. As a specific subject area, it provides practical tools to think independently, make informed choices and act responsibly in today’s world.

Finally, pupils need to develop the ability to think critically and make judgments about human situations. Pupils will learn to question and assess evidence and make judgments on people and events based on such critical questioning. Learning for Life and Work deals with situations where people will have to make decisions, and by the exercise of empathy, pupils should gain experience of the difficulties of human decision making.

Key Stage 3

Learning for Life and Work is taught through three strands of Citizenship, Personal Development and Education for Employability:

Year 8

Citizenship – Diversity and Inclusion
This Year 8 unit focuses on introducing pupils to the basic skills and concepts of the subject, and emphasizes the attitudes that the study of Learning for Life and Work will allow a young person to transfer to the outside world. Pupils should also gain an understanding of the importance of the following concepts in the study of the subject:

  • Diversity, Inclusion, Self-esteem, Cultural Identity, Sectarianism & Racism.

Personal Development – Feelings and Decisions
This Year 8 unit focuses on concepts of health and feelings. Pupils develop an understanding of promoting their own health and safety, and on how to reduce risk, through work on drug abuse. The concept of relationships is introduced, linking to the school’s year 8 pastoral work on friendship and anti-bullying. The following concepts are introduced:

  • Health, Emotions, Feelings, Safety, Relationships, Friendship.

Education for Employability – What is Employability?
This Year 8 unit focuses on introducing pupils to the world of work, and their own developing skills. The concept of career management is introduced, and goals are set. The wider world of work, and the major recent changes in it, is briefly explored, as is enterprise.

  • Skills, Roles, Goals, Targets, Enterprise, Global.

Year 9

Citizenship – Democracy
This Year 9 unit focuses on the concepts of democracy and participation. Pupils develop an understanding of how the democratic process in the United Kingdom works, and their part in it. The pupils are encouraged to think about how they can promote positive change, through campaigning and volunteering. There is an opportunity for contact with local elected representatives. The following concepts are introduced:

  • Parliament, Democracy, Issues, Campaigning, Volunteering & Representation.

Personal Development – Health Awareness
This Year 9 unit focuses on concepts of health and feelings. Pupils develop an understanding of promoting their own health and safety, and on how to reduce risk, through work on drug abuse, with a focus on the dangers of smoking. The concept of conflict is introduced, and strategies on dealing with stress and other situations is introduced. The following concepts are introduced:

  • Strengths and Limitations, Coping Strategies, Risk, Rules & Tobacco.

Education for Employability – Employment Issues
This Year 9 unit focuses on wider issues around the world of work, and the ways in which different employment areas relate. The difference between the sectors is developed, and ways to resolve conflict are discussed. The following concepts are introduced:

  • Public and Private, Business, Working relations, Environmental Concerns, Health and Safety.

Year 10

Citizenship – Equality
This Year 10 unit focuses on concepts of equality and social justice, through a discussion of human rights and in particular their relevance in Northern Ireland. An international dimension is introduced through a focus on South Africa. Local issues of discrimination and ways to tackle this are also developed. The following concepts are introduced:

  • Equality, Justice, Poverty, Ethnicity, Discrimination, Refugee

Personal Development – Study Skills
This Year 10 unit focuses on concepts of learning, and aids on revision and coping with exam stress are introduced. A mature approach to learning, study and revision is encouraged. The following concepts are introduced:

  • Learning Styles, Control, Responsibility, Stress, Coping Strategies
  • An additional First Aid Training course is also delivered in Year 10.

Education for Employability – Making Plans
This Year 10 unit focuses on concepts of decision making, through collaboration and complementation of the Year 10 Careers course. Aid is given in choosing GCSE options. The concept of long-term planning, review and constant development and updating is stressed. The following concepts are introduced:

  • SMART targets, Self-marketing, Interpersonal skills, Advertising, Planning, Development.

 Key Stage 4

In Years 11 and 12 pupils have 1 period of Learning for Life and Work per week. This encompasses Citizenship, Personal Development and Education for Employability, although there is a heavy focus on Careers work as well. In year 12, the RSE programme is delivered through Learning for Life and Work. Brief outlines of the courses are provided below.

YEAR 11

Citizenship – Diversity and Politics (16 weeks)

Education for Employability – World of Work (9 weeks)

Personal Development – Personal Health (6 weeks)

Citizenship – Human Rights (5 weeks)

The above areas are dealt with in a more mature, although sensitive and appropriate, manner than in Key Stage 3. Focus is give)n in Education for Employability on the concept of Work Experience, and assistance and guidance is provided to the pupils on choosing their Year 12 placement.

Special, increased focus is given in Year 12 to work on the Progress File, with emphasis being given to its relevance and importance.

YEAR 12

Education for Employability – Preparing for Work (16 weeks)

Personal Development – Family Life (11 weeks)

The emphasis in year 12 is on Education for Employability, and there is close co-operation between LLW and the Careers programme. In LLW, pupils will complete the Sentinus Application Forms for the Interview Skills day, and also complete the CVs and Personal Statements for the Progress Files.

Special, increased focus is given to work on the Progress File, with emphasis being given to its relevance and importance.

GCSE

Specification/Exam Board:   CCEA
Overview:
There is a heavy Controlled Assessment requirement alongside a final exam paper.

The subject content is divided into 3 compulsory areas of study:-

  1. Local and Global Citizenship – this area gives students opportunities to:
    • Develop the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to participate positively and effectively in their communities and wider society;
    • Influence democratic processes;
    • Make informed and responsible decisions as local and global citizens throughout their lives.
  2. Personal Development – this area gives students opportunities to:
    • Develop a deeper understanding of their own personal development;
    • Assess and learn how to manage the challenges that they may face throughout life.
  3. Employability – this area gives students opportunities to:
    • Develop the personal qualities, skills, knowledge, understand and attitudes that will give them a strong foundation for lifelong learning and work in a rapidly changing economic environment.

Useful Web Linkswww.

www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/llw/
www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/LLW/gcse/
www.nicurriculum.org.uk/…learning/learning_for_life_and_work/