Subject Overviews: L4S
Our OSCA values - opportunity, scholarship, compassion, aspiration – are at the heart of the L4S (Learning for Success) curriculum. As part of our responsibility to develop the holistic child we encourage OSCA students to explore, spiritual, moral, social and cultural ideas; so students can be self-reflective and have an understanding of local, national and global communities. OSCA students are also encouraged to develop knowledge, skills and understanding of British Values to enable them to play a full and active part in society. In addition to fostering a thirst for exploring political and social issues, students develop skills which enable them to critically weigh evidence, debate and make reasoned arguments. The programme of study at OSCA also prepares students to take their place in society as responsible citizens, manage their money well and make sound financial decisions. Students gain an awareness and understanding of the following key areas: Democracy, The rule of law, Individual liberty, Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith. By the time they leave year 11 our students will be able to make informed decisions with regard to their own health (including sexual health) and personal well-being whilst having regard for the well-being and rights of others.
What is L4S?
• L4S stands for Learning for Success.
• L4S encompasses the following content:
o Physical, Social, Health and Economics Education (PSHEE)
o Relationship and Sex Education (RSE)
o Health Education
o Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural development (SMSC)
o British Values
• During L4S, students investigate a range of topics designed to be thought provoking, encourage debates and get students involved in voting. Students are encouraged to voice their opinions, whilst developing the ability to listen and respect other people's views.
• Safeguarding link: The L4S curriculum raises student awareness of safeguarding issues. Places and people to seek for support are signposted regularly through sessions.
Who delivers L4S?
• L4S is delivered by Form Tutors and taught through a vertical tutoring system split between KS3 and KS4. This allows for a bespoke teaching and learning environment where students can access age appropriate learning material and teaching from experienced staff.
• Tutor training is given prior to the delivery of Sex and Relationship Education modules (Delivered by BROOK). Individual advice and support is also available.
How is L4S delivered?
• L4S sessions are regular daily timetabled sessions, plus additional opportunities across the curriculum and enrichment activities are provided to enhance students learning.
• L4S consists of 3 sessions per week = 20 minutes long = 1 hour a week of L4S provision.
• In addition, students attend house assemblies once a week.
• Each session uses a variety of learning techniques which include videos, written tasks, class discussions and self-reflection.
• Resources have been created in collaboration with a number of approved sources: PSHE Association, BROOK and DECCA, to name but a few. This ensures that students receive a balanced and age appropriate curriculum which provides the most up-to-date accurate information and guidance.
• In addition to this, consideration of content from different religious and non-religious perspectives have been taken into account to ensure a balanced point of view and a clear emphasis on respect and tolerance for all.
Assessment and exams: including exemplar assessments
• Group discussions
• Class debates
• Differentiated questioning
• Matching definitions
• Display pieces
Extra Curricular, Curriculum experiences:
- Animal Man visits Year 7 during L4S DAY - “Eco-Awareness”
- Students get involved in Enterprise Day Challenge – “Healthy Living”
- Winners of the Tourism Challenge
- Students engage in the democratic process during the UK Youth Parliament voting day.
- Steve Nimo delights OSCA students, staff and the community, after winning the elections and gaining a coveted seat as a member of the UK Youth Parliament.
- PC Rob Pedley shares his personal experiences with Year 9 students on “Making the Right Choices”. To add image
Useful subject specific links/Further reading/learning/Support and Guidance:
- Mrs G. Garner – Designated Safeguarding lead (DSL)
- Mr A. Morgan, Miss R. Maiden, Miss K. Clair – Deputies Designated Safeguarding Lead (DDSL)
- Mr C. King - First Aid
- Miss S. Kaur – PSHE Lead