Learning for Life and Work

Welcome to the Learning for Life and Work Department

Learning for Life and Work (LLW) is central in helping young people develop the fundamental skills, knowledge, qualities and dispositions that are pre-requisites for life and work. Learning for Life and Work consists of three strands: Personal Development, Employability and Local and Global Citizenship.

Learning for Life and Work provides opportunities for pupils to develop skills, knowledge, understanding, attitudes and values that help them:

  • Prepare for adult life, independent living and work;
  • Meet the challenges and opportunities of contemporary society; and
  • Make informed decisions and take responsible action throughout their lives.

Staff

Mrs C Marron (Director of Learning for Life and Work and Co-ordinator of Employability)
Mrs E Carragher (Co-ordinator of Citizenship)
Mrs C Killen (Co-ordinator of Personal Development)

Facilities and Resources

All classes are equipped with a data projector to enhance classroom teaching and learning. Other resources such as scanners, video and digital cameras, DVD player are readily available.

Curriculum

Each pupil in Years 8, 9 and 10 receive two periods of LLW per week. Term one is dedicated to the delivery of Personal Development, term two is dedicated to the delivery of Employability and term three is dedicated to the delivery of Local and Global Citizenship.

Personal Development

Personal Development is based on the following key themes:

1. Self-awareness

Exploring self-awareness allows pupils to consider the importance of self-confidence and self-esteem to physical and emotional/mental health throughout life. Pupils explore their sense of self and their personal morals, values and beliefs. They investigate influences on self and others and develop skills to improve their own learning.

2. Personal Health

This dimension provides opportunities for pupils to understand the importance of recognising and managing the factors that may influence their physical and emotional/mental health throughout their life. Pupils explore the concepts of holistic health, personal safety and influences that can have both a positive and negative impact on their health.

3. Relationships

Exploring relationships enables pupils to understand how important forming and maintaining relationships is to good physical and emotional/mental health throughout life. Pupils explore relationships including friendships and loving, respectful relationships.

Employability

At Key Stage 3, the Employability strand focuses on three themes:

1. Work in the Local and Global Economy

Exploring work in the Local and Global Economy allows young people opportunities to investigate the impact of the global market on Northern Ireland and to reflect on the implications for their personal career planning.

2. Career Management

The concept of career is changing, moving away from the likelihood of a job for life to the expectation that individuals will experience several career changes. Exploring Career Management provides opportunities for young people to investigate future careers. It also teaches the importance of lifelong learning, self-marketing and effective personal career planning.

3. Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

Enterprise and Entrepreneurship provides opportunities for young people to investigate the need for employers and employees to demonstrate creativity and enterprise. It also allows them to identify and practise some of the skills and develop the attributes associated with being enterprising.

Year 8, 9 and 10 pupils are also involved in a number of Young Enterprise activities throughout the year as a whole year group.

Year 8 Your School Your Business
Year 9 YE Masterclass
Year 10 Project Business

Local and Global Citizenship

Local Global Citizenship is based on the following themes:

1. Human Rights and Social Responsibility

The principles of human rights and social responsibility are central to all learning in the Local and Global Citizenship strand. Young people learn that a globally accepted values base exists. This is documented in various international human rights charters, which outline the rights and responsibilities of individuals and groups in democratic societies.

2. Diversity and Inclusion

Pupils consider the range and extent of diversity and inclusion in local and global societies and identify the challenges and opportunities this presents.

3. Equality and Social Justice

Through investigating the themes of equality and social justice, pupils learn that inequality and injustice exist and have an impact on individuals, groups and society. They begin to recognise that individuals, governments and society have responsibilities to promote equality and justice on a local and global level.

4. Democracy and Active Participation

Young people gain an understanding of how to participate in, and to influence, democratic processes. They also gain an awareness of some key democratic institutions and their role in promoting inclusion, justice and democracy.

All pupils have the option to choose Learning for Life and Work at the end of Key Stage 3. This subject is very popular among students and the results at GCSE are consistently above the Northern Ireland Average.