Modern day society presents us with many challenges and opportunities that can at times seem overwhelming. Learning for Life and Work (LLW) provides pupils with an understanding on thinking through these major decisions and their possible implications.
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.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, Learning for Life and Work is broken down into 4 main areas:
Education for Employability
The Home Economics element is delivered by the Home Economics department during the 3 periods allocated to all Key stage 3 pupils. The remaining areas of Citizenship, Education for Employability and Personal Development are taught during the 2 timetabled LLW periods per week.
GCSE Learning for Life and Work
All Year 11 and 12 pupils follow the CCEA GCSE Learning for Life and Work modular course for 4 periods per week. Through studying this specification, students gain knowledge and understanding in 3 areas of study:
Local & Global Citizenship
diversity, social inclusion, rights and responsibilities
the role of government and non-governmental organisations in protecting people’s rights
democratic institutions and processes
how to maximise physical and mental health and well-being
relationships and sexuality
how to be a discerning consumer
Education for Employability
the impact of globalisation on employment
recruitment and selection procedures
the work environment
the social responsibility of businesses
This course is broken down into five units - two controlled assessment task/reports (worth 30% each) and three modular examinations (45 minutes long and worth 13.3% each) – one for each of the three areas of content.
The School Council has now been set up and has had a very successful year – raising £500 and purchasing picnic tables for outside the canteen in the patio area. We would like to thank all our pupils, staff, parents and local community for their continued support.
Year 11 ran a successful business in the year 2014-2015. They produced a CD with stories suitable for children of primary school age. Pupils developed their skills of time management, organisation and team work. A very worthwhile project. Well done to all involved!
Many external agencies are used to support the delivery of Learning for Life and Work through organised activities and events. Examples include:
Love for Life - Year 8, 11 & 12
Breakthru Drugs & Alcohol Awareness Programme - Year 11
Bullying Workshop - Year 8
Equality Commission - Year 11
Trip to Stormont - Year 10
Your School Your Business - Year 8
YE9 - Year 9
Quick Start Business Programme - Year 9
Learn to Earn - Year 10
Project Business - Year 10
Enterprise in Action - Year 11
Success Skills - Year 11
Personal Economics - Year 11