Life Skills

At Bishop’s Hatfield Girls’ School Life Skills provision includes Citizenship Education and Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) – Economic wellbeing and financial capability and Personal wellbeing – as we believe these areas are complementary, inter-related and all contribute to a young person’s personal development. Life Skills helps pupils become thoughtful, informed and responsible citizens.

Lessons are structured to give a comfortable, safe environment in which girls feel free to express their opinions and discuss issues without fear of belittlement.  We use a variety of teaching methods including role play, discussion, practical experience and games as well as written and oral work.  As many issues are of a personal nature we do not insist that each girl has to contribute to all discussions but we do encourage them to do so when they feel comfortable.


Topics include:

  • Year 7 – Friendship, Staying Safe, Self-Worth, Smoking, Diet, Rights and Responsibilities
  • Year 8 – Bullying, Loss and Bereavement, Discrimination, Refugees and Asylum Seekers, Sex Education, Finance, Improving the Local Community, Poverty and Development
  • Year 9 – Government, Crime, Careers, Sex Education, Parenting


Topics include:

  • Year 10 – Healthy Lifestyle, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Social Enterprise, Work-related Learning
  • Year 11 – Preparation for Post 16 choices, Study Skills, Sex Education, Action Planning, Topical Issues

Post 16

Sessions concentrate on Careers and Options, Relationships, Citizenship topics, Enterprise. Students also undertake Community Service.

Many topics are revisited each year. As girls experience maturity we give more appropriate information and more opportunities for discussion and opinion forming.  Other topics may be visited once or twice according to the needs of each year group.

Teaching groups are form groups in Years 7 and 8, English and Humanities groups in Years 9, 10 and 11, and pupil choice groups in Years 12 and 13.