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Life Skills

Life Skills

Life Skills at Madani Girls School is a developmental programme of learning through which young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. The department aims to make a significant contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, their behaviour and safety and the school’s statutory responsibility to promote pupils’ wellbeing. 

Life Skills equips pupils with the knowledge, understanding, skills and strategies required to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. It encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic wellbeing. An important component of Life Skills is providing opportunities for 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. 

Life Skills contributes to personal development by helping pupils to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help pupils to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives.

Concepts

• Identity (their personal qualities, attitudes, skills, attributes and achievements and what influences these)

• Relationships (including different types and in different settings) 

• A healthy (including physically, emotionally and socially) balanced lifestyle (including within relationships, work-life, exercise and rest, spending and saving and diet)

• Risk (to be managed rather than simply avoided) and safety (including behaviour and strategies in different settings)

• Diversity and equality (in all its forms)

• Rights, responsibilities (including fairness and justice) and consent (in different contexts)

• Change (as something to be managed) and resilience (the skills, strategies and ‘inner resources’ we can draw on when faced with challenging change or circumstance)

• Power (how it is used and encountered in a variety of contexts including persuasion, bullying, negotiation and ‘win-win’ outcomes)

• Career (including enterprise and economic understanding).

Staff

Year 7 / Year 8 - S Mulla

Year 9 / Year 10 - S Popat

Year 11 - S Jones

Key stage 3

In Years 7-9, the young people have 1 lesson a week of Life Skills. The main topic areas covered include:

: Changes in Power & Government

: Bullying – Resolving Conflict

: Rights of Education

: Healthy Eating

: Hygiene

: Active Citizenship

: Citizens Rights

: Media Literacy

: Drugs, Smoking and Alcohol

: Budgeting

: Racism

: Careers/Options for GCSE 

Key stage 4


In Year 10 and 11, the young people have 1 lesson a week of Life Skills. The main topic areas covered include:

: Work Experience Preperation

: A Living Together in the UK

: Democracy at work in the UK

: Law and justice

: Power and influence

: College Application Process

How can I help my Son/Daughter?

Media Encourage your child to watch the news and read newspapers

Communicate – Have conversations at home about current affairs

Volunteer Promote supporting local charities and extra school activities

Life Skills Map of Learning

Year 7 Life Skills Map of learning

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