Skills for Life

Skills for Life education contains three interrelated programmes of study at Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 coordinated by Mrs R Joules.

PERSONAL WELLBEING – a context to fulfil our responsibilities to promote the wellbeing of students, which is divided into two distinct areas:

Keeping healthy

  • To provide drugs education, as well as sex and relationship education [SRE]
  • To help students to embrace change, feel positive about who they are and enjoy healthy, safe, responsible and full lives

Understanding yourself and handling relationships

  • To deliver skills identified in the framework for Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning [SEAL]
  • To help young people to identify and articulate feelings and emotions, learn to manage new or difficult situations positively, and form and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of people.

ECONOMIC WELLBEING AND FINANCIAL CAPABILITY – a context to fulfil our responsibilities to provide opportunities for careers education: the aims are to help students

  • To develop the knowledge, skills and attributes to make the most of changing opportunities in learning and work
  • To understand the nature of the world of work, the diversity and function of business, and its contribution to national prosperity
  • To learn to be enterprising and develop the ability to handle uncertainty, respond positively to change, and create and implement new ideas and ways of doing things
  • To aim high

CITIZENSHIP– a context to fulfil our responsibilities to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed for effective and democratic participation: students should

  • Become informed, critical and active citizens who try to make a difference in their communities and the wider world
  • Gain factual knowledge to understand how society around them works at a local, national and international level
  • Learn the skills needed to effect change e.g. discussing, debating, voting, campaigning etc.

Health Education (which includes Relationship and Sex and Drug Education) is taught throughout the College to Years 7 -11 during their Skills for Life (formerly PSHE) lessons.  Other subjects such as Science, English, Food Technology and History can also play a role in the delivery of S4L, as they cover topics which encompass Health or Citizenship Education.

Relationship and Sex Education is presented in a sensitive manner and should be complementary to the role of parents.  DVDs and outside speakers are sometimes used with particular topics.  Please contact the College if you wish to see the materials used or ask questions about Relationship and Sex Education at Earl Mortimer College & Sixth Form Centre.Parents have a right to withdraw their child from any aspect (or all aspects) of Sex Education not covered in the National Curriculum.



Years 7 and 8 – Age 11-13

Sexual development in humans

Puberty – What’s happening to me?

Menstrual Cycle – an introduction

Adult sex organs

Contraception – an introduction

Years 10 and 11 – Age 14-16

STIs/HIV/AIDS reinforcement

Healthy relationships

Pregnancy and childbirth

Single mothers and the obstacles that lie ahead

Support agencies


Withdrawal – Any parent has the right to ask for his/her child to be withdrawn from Religious Education or Skills for Life, but before doing so, please look at the syllabus and talk to us about the full implications of withdrawal from this important part of the curriculum.