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Skills for life

Curriculum Leader

Mrs S Leddington

Curriculum Intent statement

Our Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) curriculum aims to allow all pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. These skills and attributes help pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. They are given the opportunity to reflect on their own choices, values and wellbeing, and to develop their knowledge of the world and society on a local, national and global level. This allows them to further their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, and supports them in making effective decisions, setting goals, maximising their academic progress and developing their character.

Curriculum Plan

Curriculum Plan


Learning Journeys

Skills for Life KS3

Skills for Life KS4

Skills for Life KS5



Personal, social and health education (PSHE) or Skills For Life, as we call it in St Anselm’s, is a statutory but non-examined subject which helps to give students the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. 

The Programme aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. It is here that your child will learn about bullying, citizenship, drug education, healthy eating, physical activity, mental and emotional health, wellbeing, and sex and relationships. Skills For Life will aid St Anselm’s students to become valuable members of our communities when they leave school and continue their future. Our Programme of Study also aims to develop skills and attributes such as empathy, resilience, self-esteem, team working and critical thinking.  

Topics covered within our Skills For Life Programme cover three core themes: health and wellbeing, relationships, and living in the wider world.  

From Year 7 right through to Year 13, all students will learn these Skills For Life, which will also cover economic wellbeing, careers and enterprise education, as well as education for personal safety, including assessing and managing risk.  

With a mixture of dedicated lessons, tutor time, assemblies, outside speakers and workshops, Skills For Life is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. It helps children and young people to stay healthy and safe, while preparing them to make the most of life and work and ultimately helps pupils to achieve their academic potential. 

Department staff: 
Mrs S Leddington (Curriculum Leader) – s.leddington@st-anselms.org.uk

Mrs K Penfold (SLT Link) – k.penfold@st-anselms.org.uk