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Learning for Life and Work


Learning for Life and Work 

Our Vision 

Learning for Life and Work includes the three strands: Employability, Local and Global Citizenship and Personal Development.  It is a compulsory Area of Learning at Key Stages 3 and 4.  Learning for Life and Work builds on Personal Development and Mutual Understanding from primary school.  Our vision is students develop as individuals, as contributors to society and as contributors to the economy and the environment.  We endeavour to ensure that Learning for Life and Work provides the students with the knowledge, skills and capabilities that are necessary for the world of life and work.  Specifically, we seek to enable students to think independently, make informed decisions and take appropriate action when faced with personal, social, economic and employment issues. 


Mrs K. Newman Citizenship Co-ordinator with overall responsibility for LLW 

Mrs G. Gibson Personal Development Co-ordinator 

Mrs R. Beattie Employability Co-ordinator 

Key Stages 3 and 4 

LLW is one lesson a week which is delivered by the form teacher.  Each of the three strand is taught for a number of lessons throughout the year. 

Key Stages 3 and 4 Citizenship 

Within Citizenship the following themes are explored: 

Year 8 

  • Diversity and Inclusion 
  • Human Rights and Social Responsibility 

Year 9 

  • Equality and Social Justice 

Year 10  

  • Democracy and Active Participation 

This is a developmental curriculum which means that the themes follow into Key Stage 4 at a higher level. 


Within Employability the following themes are explored: 

  • Work in the Local and Global Economy 
  • Career Management 
  • Enterprise and Entrepreneurship 

These are explored and developed on each year at Key Stage 3.  A separate Careers programme is followed at Key Stage 4. 

Personal Development 

Within Personal Development the following themes are explored: 

  • Health and the Whole Person 
  • Feelings and Emotions 
  • Managing Influences and Making Decisions 
  • Self concept & self-awareness 
  • Managing Change 
  • Morals, Values and Beliefs 
  • Relationships and Sexuality Education 
  • Friendships – managing difficulties within relationships. 
  • Internet Safety 
  • Safety and Managing Risk 
  • Drugs Awareness 

Key Stage 5  

In years 13 and 14 students have more freedom to explore topical issues that arise as the year progresses. 

Outside Speakers 

A key part of our LLW programme includes outside speakers.  The following organisations visit our school on a regular basis: 

  • Lisburn YMCA - (SHAHRP Programme, Targeted Life Skills and the Flourishing Programme) 
  • PSNI 
  • The Bloom Mental Health & Wellbeing Programme. 
  • Love for Life 
  • UHub – Mental Health & Wellbeing Programme 
  • Made For More – Mental Health and Wellbeing Programme 
  • Uber Heroes – Drugs/Mental Health & Wellbeing 
  • St. John’s Ambulance – First Aid 
  • Tamhi – Talking About Mental Health Issues 
  • Youth Justice Agency 
  • Northern Ireland Assembly Education Service 
  • Local Councillors and MLAs 

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