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Life Skills is the name given to Personal, Social, Health and Economic education at Uppingham. This all embracing term is used to encompass the skills required by individuals to manage their lives now and in the future. Pupils develop knowledge and understanding in all aspects of personal relationships, physical health and mental wellbeing, social issues and financial decisions. These fundamental life skills help pupils to manage their feelings and to develop emotional intelligence. Whilst there are no qualifications offered in these lessons, various competitions highlight citizenship issues and throughout the year pupils hold events to raise awareness of World Health Calendar special days.
The Fourth Form have a weekly lesson: all new pupils are welcomed to Uppingham and the initial focus is on settling in to new rules and responsibilities, forming good friendships and formulating successful work practises. Being centred in a healthy and happy environment are prerequisites to academic aspirations being achieved and all the Life Skills teachers are committed to developing every individual’s self esteem, self respect and tolerance of others’ individuality.
The Lower Fifth and Upper Fifth have one lesson per week to support them in making safe and informed choices. Learning includes sex and relationship education, substance misuse, economic wellbeing and careers advice. Lessons contribute to the developing self awareness, self management, social awareness and social skills that support the concepts of empathy and motivation. Throughout the year each group in turn has Careers lessons with the School’s Careers Adviser and they are given an opportunity to research career choices on-line.
In the Sixth Form the Life Skills programme continues with a series of evening lectures and presentations from visiting speakers throughout the year.
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