Life Skills

Life Skills is a planned programme of learning opportunities and experiences that help young people grow and develop as individuals and as members of families and communities. It equips them with knowledge and practical skills to live healthy, safe, fulfilled and responsible lives.

Life Skills also enables young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes, and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.

A number of subjects fall under the umbrella of Life Skills; PSHE education, Citizenship, Careers Education Guidance and Work Related Learning.

The Life Skills team have a responsibility for leading, managing and administrating areas of Life Skills. Members of the schools teaching staff volunteer to teach Life Skills and share their expertise as part of the specialist team.


Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE education) is a planned programme of learning opportunities and experiences.
PSHE (personal, social, health and economic) is described in two new programmes of study for both key stages 3 and 4:

  • personal wellbeing
  • economic wellbeing and financial capability

These interrelated programmes of study make a significant contribution to pupils’ personal development and draw together, in a coherent way, personal, social and health education, including sex education, the social and emotional aspects of learning, careers education, enterprise, financial capability and work-related learning.


Through citizenship teaching, pupils develop:

  • Knowledge and understanding about becoming informed citizens
  • Rights and responsibilities, including legal and human rights, rights as consumers, employers and employees
  • Criminal and civil justice systems, and how they relate to young people
  • Central and local government, and the public services they offer
  • Characteristics of parliamentary and other forms of government, and the electoral system
  • The work of parliament, government and the courts in making and shaping the law


Careers education and guidance is part of the Life Skills programme. Also have a look at the Careers section for detailed information about Careers and Work Experience.

Useful websites

Sex and Relationships Education
Relevant, electronic health information in a format that enables young people to take effective responsibility for their health related actions within an appropriate moral framework.
Brook Advisory Centres – commonly known just as Brook – is the only national voluntary sector provider of free and confidential sexual health advice and services specifically for young people under 25.

Drugs education
Independent government funded website covering A-Z drugs, talk to someone, worried about someone, getting help and more.
QUIT is the UK charity that helps smokers to stop, it also has lots of facts and useful information as well as teachers packs.

Last year more than 31,000 children and young people called ChildLine about bullying. Resources and tips.

Active Citizenship

Year 9 Students question local MP David Gauke. Read their article:

Life Skills Parents Guide for Key Stages 3 & 4

Eat Smart information Leaflet