Year 9

In Year 9, The Life Studies programme focuses on options and qualifications needed for certain career paths. As well as this, a more in-depth look at radicalization and sexual exploitation is taught. Other topics include:

  • PLTS Listening 3
  • Body Image
  • Human Rights
  • Binge Drinking
  • Immigration
  • Consumerism
  • Risk taking self-esteem
  • Elections
  • Smoking
  • Healthy Eating (fast food/calorie)
  • Blackburn College
  • Radicalization
  • Kudos (career research)
  • Risk taking Alcohol
  • Royal Marines
  • Risk taking 3
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Skills and Subjects 
  • Contraception
  • Addiction
  • Risk taking 4 ‘To tell or not to tell’

These sessions throughout the year are supported by weekly ‘food for thought’ reflection in tutor time. Students get the opportunity to discuss various current news items, as well as thinking ‘outside the box’.

Here is an example of the type of things discussed:

  1. Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. - Vince Lombardi
  2. If you could climb a ladder up into the clouds what would it be like there?

In the final half-term, students have the opportunity to take part in ‘Enterprise’. This involves eight hourly sessions giving students the chance to plan and organise an entrepreneurial event, culminating in the Enterprise Fayre held in July. All monies raised go to charity.