Learning for Life and Work
Key Stage Three
The main aim of Learning for Life and Work is to equip our students with the skills to help them navigate the diverse range of challenges and opportunities that life will present. As a specific subject area, it equips student’s with practical tools to think independently, make informed choices and act responsibly in today’s world.
In LLW the main focus for years 8 and 9 is Citizenship. Pupils research the experiences of different ethnic groups and as a whole class examine the problems experienced by minority groups in Northern Ireland. Year 9 are involved in a programme sponsored by the Youth and Philanthropy organisation. In groups pupils research a charity and present their findings to the class in an entertaining way. The winning school group gets £3000 for their charity and the pupils attend an award ceremony.
In year 10 the main focus is Employability
This gives pupils the opportunity to examine their personal skills and abilities. They also have the opportunity to examine the skills favoured by employers and the skills required for certain jobs.
There are many extra-curricular activities within LLW. Young Enterprise delivers a programme for each year group in Key Stage 3and pupils have had the opportunity to participate in competitions organised by Young Enterprise and Invest NI. We run a ‘Tenner Challenge’ programme for year 1o and ‘Junior Apprentice’ programme for year 9, both of which give pupils the opportunity to develop their skills in enterprise and team work.
In year 11 and12 the main focus is Employability
Pupils have the opportunity to examine their personal skills and abilities. They also investigate the skills favoured by employers and those required for certain jobs. Pupils prepare to make realistic A level choices based on their talents, abilities and an understanding of changes in the employment market. They take part in a ‘Dragons Den’ competition and develop skills in innovation and enterprise. There are guest speakers with pupils getting the opportunity to meet and engage in a question and answer session with local entrepreneurs, and in year 11 pupils follow a ‘Learn to Earn’ programme with Young Enterprise.
Mrs Stephanie Murphy
Miss Catherine O Reilly
Mr Mark Higgins
Mr Paul Collins
Mrs Louise Foster
Miss Mairead Quigley