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What is Lifeskills?


Lifeskills encompasses Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE education).  It is a planned programme of learning opportunities and experiences that help young people grow and develop as individuals.


Lifeskills education contributes to young people living healthier and leading safer lifestyles, to include making informed choices around SRE (Sexual and Relationship Education), alcohol, drugs, money, employment and enterprise.


Key Stage 3

At KS3, students receive one hour a week of Lifeskills which is delivered in two strands or programmes of study – Personal Wellbeing and Economic Wellbeing and Financial capability.


Key Stage 4

At KS4, Lifeskills is delivered as ‘Impact Days’ and includes a ‘Careers Fair’ including CV writing, mock interviews and work experience input, Enterprise Day and an SRE Day. Staff will work alongside professional bodies and agencies to deliver up-to-date and specialist support to include, the guidance and subject knowledge.


Curriculum Aims

Learning and undertaking activities in PSHE contributes to the aims for all young people to become:

  • Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve.
  • Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
  • Responsible citizens who make positive contribution to society.


Personal Wellbeing

Personal Wellbeing helps young people to embrace changes, feel positive about who they are and enjoy healthy, safe, responsible and fulfilled lives. 


Students learn how to recognise and manage risks, take increasing responsibility for themselves, choices and behaviours: students are encouraged to communicate their skills, attitudes and qualities to build confidence and self-esteem.  They identify and articulate feelings and emotions, learn to manage new situations and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of people.


Economic Wellbeing, Ecomic Capability

Economic wellbeing, economic capability (EW, EC) aims to equip students with knowledge, skills and attributes to make the most of changing opportunities in learning and work.  Through learning experiences students begin to understand the world of work, the diversity and function of business and its contribution to national prosperity.  They develop as ‘informed’ consumers and learn how to manage their money and finances effectively.


Key Concepts
  • Personal identity
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Risk
  • Relationships
  • Diversity
  • Career (employability)
  • Capability (financial)
  • Risk (financial / career choices)
  • Economic understanding


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