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Our Skills for Life Curriculum has been designed to ensure equal opportunities for all to succeed at the highest level possible and is working to eliminate variations in outcomes for different groups.

The curriculum is planned so that teaching and learning challenges perceptions of gender, disability, race and difference as well as Religion/belief, Sexual Orientation and Age discrimination. Current issues in society both locally (Teenage pregnancies data, drug misuse, Birmingham LGBT) and nationally (Alcohol, Right & Responsibilities, Crime, Democracy and Multicultural Britain) are also explored to ensure learners are aware of issues that may affect them and where to get support and guidance to make healthy lifestyle choices. The Anti-Bullying scheme is linked to pupil survey responses which enable focused approaches to issues affecting our students.

Through parent voice (questionnaire and consultations), student surveys (anti-bullying and planning lessons) Student Voice (school council) and school data on looked after children, ethnicity, gender and special needs - schemes of work have been personalised to the needs of our students and school community thus ensuring equality of opportunity for all groups.

Student feedback is very positive as they feel part of the planning process and the objectives are meaningful, personal and empower them with real life skills. These views are reflected in their personal reviews of learning each half-term.

The Skills for Life team have worked with University of Birmingham to develop and teach a four week LGBT project, raising the profile of LGBT identities in school and the wider community.

We have also worked on a twelve week teaching course with The Sweet Project, a local authority funded Social Work scheme called ‘Tomorrows Parents’ – providing our students with in depth information and skills on how to become successful parents and where to get help and support with Domestic Violence.

We have also worked with West Midlands Travel Police to develop a six week Transport Safety project that is being delivered to all schools across the city which includes road, train, metro and bus safety.

Participation and successes in wider educational and social experiences are monitored and encouraged for all groups. For example, students in Year 11 have attended a ‘Race and Hate Crime’ seminar in aid of the Anthony Walker Foundation and contributed to discussions on race, gender, knife crime and anti-social behaviour with Dr Benjamin Zephaniah. Student Council have taken part in a West Midlands Police Youth Voice program wherein their views were sought on drugs, community issues, police perceptions and crime.

Throughout the SFL schemes efforts are made to enable all learners to encounter role models that do not conform to stereotypes of age, gender, ethnicity and occupation e.g. Male social workers and nurses, Sikh engineers from Aston Martin, female police officers and fire fighters.

All religious faiths are acknowledged in the schemes where appropriate and Local Authority agreed dispositions are referenced throughout all schemes to ensure spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding is developed.