Learning for life is a carefully planned programme of learning opportunities and experiences that enable children and young people to grow and develop as individuals and as valuable members of families and of social and economic communities.
Learning for life provides children and young people with knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive, fulfilled, capable and responsible lives. It inspires them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in managing their finances effectively. It gives children and young people the skills to reflect on and analyse their own values and equips them to face difficult and sometimes conflicting attitudes they may face in the future.
Through the Learning for Life curriculum students also learn to appreciate diversity and differences between individuals, both at home and worldwide. This in turn helps students to develop mutual respect and tolerance for each other and it supports the learning skills for life.
As a school we promote British values through:
Democracy – is promoted through the Senior Student Leadership Team (SSLT), a student council, student questionnaires and student voice forums.
The rule of law - visits from authorities such as the police and fire services, and reinforce the importance of the rule of law.
Individual liberty - is taught through e-safety and Learning for Life lessons that advise students how to exercise their rights and personal freedoms safely.
Mutual respect - The school ethos, behaviour policy and classroom/learning rules revolve around 'respect; as a core value, and discussions and assemblies focus on what respect means and how it is shown.
Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs - A focus for each term promotes strong Christian values and permeates the school community.
We regularly have assemblies relating to the topics taught, such as fire safety with the Uttoxeter Fire Crew; anti-social behaviour with the local Police and PCSOs; sex education talks from Social Services and the School Nurse; Chelsea's Choice theatre company and e-safety.
Useful web links:
Staffordshire Fire and Rescue
Students have been learning about fire safety at home and out in the community as Uttoxeter Fire and Rescue paid a visit to Windsor Park Middle School in preparation for the firework season. They arrived at the school in a fire engine which a lucky few students had a chance to inspect with Andy Minor, Crew Manager and John Campion, Fire Fighter. During assembly time Simon Poole, Fire Fighter taught them about the dangers of fireworks, what the fireworks code says as well as how to deal with a potential house fire. The fire crew modelled some of the equipment they have to wear as well as showing a few pieces of equipment that they use in different situations.
Student, Amelia Wray said, "From the information we were told I now know what to do it there was a fire in our house."
It is the second year running that Uttoxeter Fire Station has visited the school not only to teach the students basic fire safety in the autumn term but also winter safety around lakes and frozen water in the spring term. This community link is in addition to the safety lessons the students already have in school through Learning for Life.
Jack Bright, student commented, "I very much enjoyed being shown around the fire engine and looking at all the equipment."
Simon Poole, Fire Fighter said, "The students were very interested and well behaved. They asked relevant questions to the subject talked about."