Life Skills

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance at Cardinal Langley helps ensure that all young people can make informed choices about their future. Cardinal Langley has been accredited with the Inspiring IAG Award showing our commitment to high quality CEIAG.

Here is a curriculum overview:
Department Curriculum for Life Skills

Year Half Term 1 – Early Autumn (AWA) Half Term 2 – Late Autumn (AWB) Half Term 3 – Early Spring (AWC) Half Term 4 – Late Spring (AWD) Half Term 5 – Early Summer (AWE) Half Term 6 – Late Summer (AWF)
Year 7 Why is it important to have rights and responsibilities?


What rights and responsibilities do I have in school?


How have people across the world had their rights abused?

Bullying or banter?


What different types of bullying are there?


What can the consequences be of cyber bullying?


What impact can bullying have on a person’s health?

What impact can bullying have on a person’s health?


How can I prevent others from being bullied?

What do we mean by ‘risk’?


How can we manage risky situations?


Can I be assertive?

How important are communication skills in making me employable?


What skills are required for different jobs?


Which skills and qualities do I possess and what jobs are suitable?


Why should I get a good job? (raising aspirations)

Year 8 Myth busters: what do you really know about illegal drugs?


Why is cannabis an illegal drug?


Why are some drugs illegal?


What does the law say about the use and sale of drugs?


How does the use of illegal drugs impact on people and society?


Can I say ‘No’ to drugs?


What is the difference between a good and bad relationship?


How can we challenge relationship stereotypes?


How should I deal with a difficult relationship?



What ground rules are required for discussing sensitive issues?


How can you deal with the pressures placed upon teenagers?


What changes occur during puberty


What is a ‘normal’ body?


What is CSE and grooming?


Sexual behaviour: What risks am I taking?

Thinking about my future career plans


What is a GCSE and why are they important?


My life at 25


What do I need to consider when choosing my GCSE’s?


What impact does alcohol have on the human body?


How do I know what is in an alcoholic drink?


Why do we have laws restricting alcohol?


What is in a cigarette?



How can smoking impact my health?


What are NPS drugs?


What does the law say about NPS drugs?

Year 9 How dangerous is it to be supersize or super skinny?


What are the different mental illnesses which exist and how can we help those who are suffering from mental illness?


How can I cope with stress?

What is the difference between a good and bad relationship?


How can STI’s impact your life?


What ways are young people sexually exploited and why are young people vulnerable?

What is consent?


Sexting and pornographic images


What does LGBTI mean and how can we create a non-discriminatory environment?

Promoting emotional health during transition into key stage 4


Promoting emotional wellbeing


Resilience and reframing failure


Unhealthy coping strategies: self-harm

Unhealthy coping strategies: eating disorders


Understanding and managing depression and anxiety



Workshop 2: Mindfulness


Workshop 1: Healthy coping strategies

Year 10 Rights and responsibilities as a UK citizen


How can different communities work together to build a stronger country?


Being an active citizen

Is state welfare a safety net or a lifestyle?


How do the police and judiciary keep us safe?



How we deal with child offenders


Living in a democracy



Employability skills


Pathway options for post 16


Where can I find information and guidance?

Writing a CV and personal statement


How can I improve my interview technique?


Planning for future success

Money in the world


Money management


Money safety



Key Stage 3

During year 7 students are introduced to different education pathways and careers. Life Skills lessons encourage students to think about what personal skills and qualities they possess, matching these up to a relevant education and career pathway.

During year 8 students study Careers Education as part of their GCSE options process. Students use lesson time to investigate different potential careers and which GCSE options are most appropriate.

All other topics taught as part of Life Skills encourage students to reflect upon how their choices can impact future economic wellbeing.

Key Stage 4

Within Key Stage 4 lessons students are prepared for their post 16 pathway. All students are given time to investigate the education pathways required for the different careers which they are interested within. Students also learn the practical skills required for applying for a position of employment, apprenticeship or college course. Students spend time developing their interview skills and how to talk confidently about themselves. Students are introduced to the different post 16 education pathways and the different post 16 providers within the local area.

The Careers Education lessons culminate in IAG week which takes place during the summer term of Year 10. The aim of this week is to raise aspirations and give students a practical insight into post 16 education. During this week students take part in an enterprise day which is an opportunity to develop a range of skills required within the world of work. One day is spent visiting a range of universities across the North West. Insight to industry day allows students to discuss different career options with people already employed within a wide range of industries. Students also take part in an A-level taster day or college visits, as well as an apprenticeship fair held within the school.