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Learning for Life - L4L

The ‘Learning for Life’ strategy was developed within our college following the introduction of the new National Curriculum (2014).  Rather than being seen as a bolt-on or replacement to our previous PSHCE scheme of work, Learning for Life is an innovative and integrated cross-curricular approach.  Staff are trusted to adapt curriculum specifically to the needs and interest of our pupils in our local setting.  Together, we work to an agreed set of core aims that underpin what we seek to achieve.


Our Learning for Life strategy aims to:

  • Increase our pupils’ ability to relate learning to the world around them.
  • Broaden our pupils’ vocabulary and ability to talk about their learning.
  • Improve our pupils’ confidence and resilience to try new things and speak to new people.
  • Develop a better understanding for our pupils of themselves and others, including understanding of their motivations and fears, opinions and beliefs.
  • Enable our pupils to better access the raised standards and expectations of the National Curriculum (2014).


Pupils are involved in the planning and reviewing of their learning each term.  This is carried out through an initial ‘post-it’ task where pupils pose questions of what they want to learn within a given topic or area of study.   This pupil enquiry is then interwoven with the required curriculum knowledge and skills focus, along with appropriate trips, invited visitors to college and special planned experiences.   This may also be supplemented with additional college wide initiatives through theme days and special events.  Feedback from pupils and parents is gained regularly to monitor and evaluate the impact of our tailoring of provision.


For more information on our curriculum and evidence of the impact to pupils of our approach, please see the following:

  • Class curriculum overviews
  • Class web pages
  • Pupil Feedback - Topic review
  • Parent Feedback – Curriculum review


In addition to developing our curriculum provision, we want to work with parents to better equip them to support their children with their learning.  We invite parents to join their children in the classroom for several orientation sessions across the year.  Further opportunities are also being explored: to create opportunities to model and share new teaching methods; and to improve parent-teacher communication.


Please see our class pages for Learning for Life class stories.