Life Skills

Life Skills is a planned programme of learning opportunities and experiences that help young people grow and develop as individuals and as members of families and communities.  It equips them with knowledge and practical skills to live healthy, safe, fulfilled and responsible lives.

Life Skills also enables 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.

A number of subjects fall under the umbrella of Life Skills; PSHE education, Careers Education Guidance and Work Related Learning.

Year 7 Life Skills

  • Getting to know your class
  • Visit to LRC
  • Enterprise - £1 Challenge 
  • Careers - Introduction to Unifrog
  • Careers - CV & Unifrog
  • Money management
  • Politics - Local council
  • How to be a leader
  • E-safety
  • Loss & grief
  • Inappropriate language
  • Racism
  • Anti-bullying
  • Introduction to drugs
  • Mental health
  • Puberty & personal hygiene
  • Healthy active lifestyle
  • Feedback

Year 8 Life Skills

  • Physical violence
  • Family break down
  • LGBTQ+
  • Misogyny including rape culture
  • Healthy relationships
  • Enterprise Start Up challenge
  • Careers - Skills
  • Careers - World at work
  • Being a leader & global advocate
  • Democracy
  • E-safety & cyberbullying
  • Finance
  • Sleep
  • Knife crime & county lines
  • Smoking
  • First aid
  • Mental health
  • Feedback

Year 9 Life Skills

  • Reality TV shows
  • Mental health
  • Cannabis
  • One killer punch
  • Self-esteem
  • Counter Terrorism
  • Racism
  • Loss & grief
  • Homophobia and transphobia
  • Consent & respectful
  • Relationships
  • Sexting
  • STIs & contraception
  • Grooming
  • Abusive relationships
  • Careers - Work shadowing prep
  • Feedback

Year 10 Life Skills

  • Growth Mindset
  • Mental health
  • Finance
  • Democracy & British values
  • Mutual respect & tolerance including systematic bias
  • Everyone's invited & everyday sexism
  • Careers - Exploring options (sixth form, college, apprenticeship, T-levels) and using local labour market information
  • Careers - Virtual tours, prospectus and applications
  • Careers - Employer recruitment process
  • Careers - CV workshop
  • Healthy social media presence
  • Party safety
  • County lines & gang knife crime
  • FGM
  • Fertility health
  • Pregnancy & family planning
  • Healthy decisions
  • Feedback

Year 11 Life Skills

  • Growth Mindset
  • Mental Health
  • Careers - CV update
  • Careers - Interview Practice
  • Careers - Exploring options (sixth form, college, apprenticeships, T levels) including local labour market information
  • Careers - Online professional presence
  • Finance
  • Psychoactive substances
  • STI & contraception
  • Consent including victim blaming
  • Relationships and dealing with controlling behaviour
  • Living in a dirverse world
  • Feedback

Year 12 Life Skills

  • Welcome to Sixth Form
  • Time management
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Unifrog & UCAS launch
  • Mindset & study skills
  • Active Citizenship (multiple lessons for group project)
  • Head Student Team
  • EPQ launch
  • Personal statement writing
  • Consent
  • Metacognition

Year 13 Life Skills

  • Welcome back - Opportunities & UCAS
  • Online applications, personal statements and CVs
  • Road safety
  • Mental wellbeing
  • Drink & drive
  • Dysfunctional families at Christmas
  • Beat exam stress
  • Drugs
  • Money management & student finance
  • Social media & LinkedIn
  • Replying to offers/clearing/adjustment
  • Interview prep
  • Survival skills
  • Cancer awareness

Websites for Teenage Wellbeing

Hectors house websiteSuicide Prevention

Hector Stringer took his own life at the age of 18. His family set up Hector’s House in his memory as a signposting charity, with the aim to stop suicide and the stigma around mental health issues. Hector's House is a local charity - Hector was a student at Tring School.

Childline Calm Zone

There are lots of way to feel calmer. It's about finding what works for you. Try some of the childline calm zone breathing exercises, activities, games and videos to help let go of stress.

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Please click here to see a guide produced by Internet Matters

NHS - Sleep & tiredness

If you have difficulty falling asleep, a regular bedtime routine will help you wind down and prepare for bed.  Click here for healthy sleep tips.

Drug Awareness

For friendly, confidential drugs advice Talk to Frank

Bullying & Substance Abuse offer a free online resource that provides information about adolescent bullying, addiction, and mental health issues.

Sexual Health & Wellbeing

Go to Brook for advice

Quit Smoking

The under 18s guide to quitting smoking Livewell & Quit Smoking


Childline is yours – a free, private and confidential service where you can be you. Whatever your worry, whenever you need help, however you want to get in touch. We're here for you online, on the phone, anytime.


Learn to meditate and live mindfully.  Headspace

Action for Happiness

Action for Happiness helps people take action for a happier and more caring world

Our patron is The Dalai Lama and our members take action to increase wellbeing in their homes, workplaces, schools and local communities. Our vision is a happier world, with fewer people suffering with mental health problems and more people feeling good, functioning well and helping others.

Anna Freud - Transforming Children's Mental Health 

Our vision is a world where children and families are supported effectively to build on their strengths and to achieve their goals in life. We will continue to promote resilience and wellbeing in children, young people and families, as we have for over 60 years.

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