Learning for Life and Work at Newtownhamilton High School 
Modern day society presents us with many challenges and opportunities that can at times seem overwhelming. Learning for Life and Work (LLW) provides pupils with an understanding on thinking through these major decisions and their possible implications. 
 
As a general concept, Learning for Life and Work is involved in all meaningful experiences in education. As a specific subject area, it provides practical tools to think independently, make informed choices and act responsibly in today’s world. 
 
Key Stage 3 
At Key Stage 3, Learning for Life and Work is broken down into 4 main areas: 
Citizenship 
Education for Employability 
Personal Development 
Home Economics 
 
The Home Economics element is delivered by the Home Economics department during the 3 periods allocated to all Key stage 3 pupils. The remaining areas of Citizenship, Education for Employability and Personal Development are taught during the 2 timetabled LLW periods per week. 
 
GCSE Learning for Life and Work 
GCSE LLW is offered as an option for year 11 pupils. Students follow the CCEA GCSE Learning for Life and Work modular course for 4 periods per week. Through studying this specification, students gain knowledge skills and understanding in 4 areas of study: 
 
Unit 1: Local and Global Citizenship 
 
This unit covers: 
• diversity and inclusion; 
• rights and responsibilities; 
• government and civil society; 
• democratic institutions; 
• democracy and active participation; 
• the role of NGOs. 
 
External Written Examination 20% 1 Hour 
 
Unit 2: Personal Development  
 
This unit covers: 
• personal health and well-being; 
• emotions and reactions to life experiences; 
• relationships and sexuality; 
• personal safety and well-being; 
• responsible parenting; 
• making informed financial decisions. 
 
External Written Examination 20% 1 Hour 
 
Unit 3: Employability  
 
This unit covers: 
• the impact of globalisation on employment; 
• preparing for employment; 
• rights and responsibilities of employers and employees; 
• social responsibility of businesses; 
• exploring self-employment; 
• personal career management. 
 
External Written Examination 20% 1 Hour 
 
Unit 4: Investigation  
 
(Controlled Assessment Task) You will complete one task from a choice of three. The task involves the following: Planning, Research, Communicating Findings, Self-Evaluation and Presentation of Task. 40% 
 
 
Activities/Events 
 
Many external agencies are used to support the delivery of Learning for Life and Work through organised activities and events. Examples include: 
 
Love for Life - Year 8, 11 & 12 
Breakthru Drugs & Alcohol Awareness Programme - Year 11 
Bullying Workshop - Year 8 
Equality Commission - Year 11 
Trip to Stormont - Year 10 
Young Enterprise: 
Your School Your Business - Year 8 
YE9 - Year 9 
Quick Start Business Programme - Year 9 
Learn to Earn - Year 10 
Project Business - Year 10 
Enterprise in Action - Year 11 
Success Skills - Year 11 
Personal Economics - Year 11 
Shared Education Signature Project 
 
Our shared education programme is continuing to be developed with our new Year 8 pupils and continued into Year 9. They will continue to work collaboratively with Newry High School, St Paul’s High School and St Joseph’s High School on LLW content. Year 8 pupils have enjoyed an induction day at Ardnabannon Outdoor Education Centre, and will be participating in four workshops throughout the year:- flags & symbols, identity, diversity, and racism delivered with the support of the Youth Service and the PSNI. 
 
This year our Year 9 pupils will be continuing their shared education programme with a focus on personal development. Again they will have four workshops covering:- who influences me – internal and external pressures, drugs and alcohol, online safety and cyber bullying and mental health. 
 
A successful week for Shared Education 
 
Year 8 
Our Year 8 pupils travelled to Newry High School on 7 March to develop their cultural awareness. Over the last week pupils carried out research on a number of different countries and when they came together in Newry High they worked in teams to create display boards highlighting interesting facts about the geography, size and culture of their country. Each team was then responsible for giving an oral presentation of their country to the rest of the groups. The Polish biscuits and treats were very welcome at break time and helped to illustrate the diversity in food. The day culminated in a challenging quiz based on all the countries. Well done to all the pupils for their hard work and participation. 
 
Year 9 
The focus for the Year 9 shared event was online safety. The PSNI and REIM Training Solutions came together in Newtownhamilton High School on 9 March to deliver workshops on very topical issues regarding staying safe online and who they can go to if they experience any problems or issues when online. The topics covered generic Internet Safety, grooming, the use of apps and the dangers of these, gaming and sexting. Pupils have certainly developed their knowledge and understanding of these areas and are more aware of the dangers of being online which will help to keep them safe in the future on their online activity. We want to express our thanks to both the PSNI, REIM training Solutions for their clear and sensitive portrayal of these issues and to all the staff who assisted with each of the workshops. 
 
 
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