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Careers, Well-Being and Life Skills Policy

The Careers, Well-Being and Life Skills (CWL) programme at Tottington High School includes provision for:

i. Citizenship education

ii. Personal, Social and Health education (PSHE)

iii. Careers and Enterprise education (CEIAG)

iv. Sex and Relationships education (SRE)


The aim of the CWL programme is to provide pupils with the knowledge, skills and understanding that will enable them to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives.  The specific aims of the individual CWL components are:

i. Citizenship

To ensure that all pupils:

– acquire a sound knowledge and understanding of how the United Kingdom is governed, its political system and how citizens participate actively in its democratic systems of government

– develop a sound knowledge and understanding of the role of law and the justice system in our society and how laws are shaped and enforced

– develop an interest in, and commitment to, volunteering that they will take with them into adulthood

– are equipped with the financial skills to enable them to manage their money on a day-to-day basis, and plan for future financial needs.

(National Curriculum – July 2013)

ii. PSHE

The PSHE programme aims are to:

– promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and

– prepare pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

(DfE guidance – July 2013)

iii. Careers and Enterprise education

Aims (also refer to THS CEIAG Policy):

– To help students develop an understanding of themselves and others as individuals including their own  and other’s strengths and limitations, abilities and potential, personal qualities, needs, attitudes and values.

– To enable students to develop a knowledge and understanding of education, training and employment through investigating opportunities available to them at a local, national and international level.

– To support students in developing and implementing action plans to enable them to take ownership of their own future at and beyond Key Stage 4.

– To provide opportunities to develop enterprise and employment skills.

– To promote equality of opportunity, challenge stereotyping and support inclusion

(THS CEIAG Policy)

iv. Sex and Relationships education

Aims (also refer to THS SRE Policy):

Sex and Relationships Education aims to provide opportunities for all pupils to develop the skills, attitudes and understandings to be confident, caring, healthy young people and adults who understand their responsibilities, have the skills to keep themselves safe, physically and emotionally, and seek appropriate help and advice.

(PSHE Association guidance Sept 2013)



The CWL Programme has been developed using statutory and non-statutory guidance and requirements, and supports further specific school policies and systems for CEIAG, SRE SMSC, Religious Education, Child Protection and Behaviour.



By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes relevant to topics within the programme. ATL reports (and progress against the CWL KS3/5 statements) are completed after each rotation topic (see below) and written reports are provided to parents annually. The following THS CWL statements are used:

i. KS3

By the end of KS3 pupils should be able to:

– Explain their own views, beliefs and opinions on topics and issues

– Independently select sources of information to find answers to questions

– Work effectively in group situations

– Argue persuasively and represent the views of others

ii. KS4

By the end of KS4 pupils should be able to:

– Explain their own views, beliefs and opinions on a range of topics and issues using detailed reasons, evidence and your own knowledge

– Use a wide variety of sources of information to research topics, support decisions and suggest solutions

– Contribute effectively in a variety of group situations to plan courses of action and develop solutions

– Understand the views of others and use this understanding together with your own views, beliefs and opinions to suggest compromises, solutions and new ideas

– Use feedback to plan and set targets for future learning



– CWL is delivered through the THS CWL programme. The CWL programme combines:

i. CWL Rotation Carousel Topics:

– KS3 and KS4 classes follow a topic carousel to cover PSHE, Citizenship, Careers and Enterprise topics.

– RE topics are covered within the KS4 topic carousel

ii. CE Lessons:

– Pupils in KS4 have a designated fortnightly Careers lesson to cover career related topics and preparation for further education and careers

iii. Subject Focuses:

– Where appropriate PSHE, Citizenship, Careers and Enterprise topics are delivered through subjects (see CWL audit)

iv. CEIAG Provision

– Careers related learning and informal careers advice and guidance is provided through the school CEIAG programme (see CEIAG policy)

v. Throughout the school

– Aspects of SRE are also delivered through the Science curriculum and Pastoral programme



CWL provision is reviewed and evaluated in line with school monitoring processes i.e. AOP process – Student Voice/Stakeholder Voice (visiting colleges, agencies) and Parent Voice. The process of review and evaluation incorporates the following:

– Learning Walks

– Work Scrutiny

– Lesson Observation

– Staff surveys

– Reviews linked to the school CPD/Training programme

– Analysis of destination information to monitor the number of students who progress into training, education and work in relation to labour market trends



The CWL programme is made available to parents via the school website. Parents have access to this information and can make decisions regarding the removal of their child from any part of the programme.


December 2013