Learning for Life

Department vision

Let us not say, every man is the architect of his own fortune, but let us say, every man is the architect of his own character." George D. Boardman

At Wilmington Grammar School for Girls, we are passionate about preparing our students for life outside of and beyond school. We care about cultivating strong, resilient, respectful and compassionate young women who are ready to take their place as British citizens.

"Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands." Anne Frank

Learning For Life gives students the tools to navigate the highs and lows of life successfully. We focus on nurturing values in students such as: courage, self-discipline, compassion, gratitude, justice, humility, honesty, resilience, confidence, determination, creativity, teamwork, diligence, self-discipline, service and citizenship. These values form the backbone of 'good sense', which helps students to decide how to act in an ethical way for the right reasons. This helps them to become autonomous and reflective adults, to flourish outside of school.

"The most important human endeavour is striving for morality." Albert Einstein

Learning For Life is dedicated curriculum time for students to learn how to live well as a human being and be an active and engaged member of society. It is delivered through extended learning experiences, when students are off-timetable for a morning, and during form times. As character education is more than a subject, it is also reflected in the school ethos and in other curriculum subjects.

"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself." George Bernard Shaw

Year 7

Year 7 will focus mostly on relationships, especially cultivating trust, managing transition and avoiding gossip. They will be taught about looking after themselves in terms of hygiene, health and safety. Later in the year, students will analyse British values and find out how to be a good citizen.

Year 8

Year 8 will continue to look at relationships but some will be through the lens of the media. They will analyse how the media portrays body image and romance. They will also think about how to deal with loss and separation. This year the students will find out about Parliament and the voting system.

Year 9

Year 9 have more of a focus on careers ready for their GCSE options that they make that year. They consider different career options, diversity in the workplace and society, and also learn about the criminal justice system and enterprise. Year 9 also begin to think about sexual health.

Year 10

Year 10 begin to consider democracy and rights from a more critical perspective. They consider what makes a relationship healthy and the role of technology in relationships. Later on in the year, they consider the law on substances such as alcohol and drugs.

Year 11

Year 11 look on living in the wider world in their work considering careers and budgeting. They also focus on revision techniques and how to look after themselves during stressful times in life, in order to prepare them for their GCSE exams.


Learning For Life is not externally assessed. Students will not receive an external qualification.

Students will be assessed through a variety of techniques. These will include: reflective diaries, podcasts, videos, artwork and blogs; discussions, presentations and debates; and formal written assignments.

Post 16 at WG6

Our bespoke Sixth Form PSHE schedule allows students to access a range of talks, presentations, workshops and enrichment opportunities which helps guide them through Sixth Form life and prepare them for life beyond.

At the heart of our programme is the objective to nurture our students’ personal, social, moral and cultural wellbeing whilst providing guidance on study skills, relationships, wellbeing, life skills, communication skills, and careers.

Related Careers

Through PSHE lesson student will consider how their values can inform their career choices in order to make a difference to their local and global community and how holding and acting upon these values can affect wellbeing.

Topics covered include:

  • Strength, interests, skills and qualities in relation to future careers choices and employability.
  • Career identity including values in relation to work
  • Goal-setting and action-planning based on personal values