Lessons for Life (PSHE)


Our vision is for students at OBA to develop the skills and knowledge to keep themselves safe, to be active and responsible citizens, to lead healthy lives, to be financially literate and to plan a fulfilling career. Students should understand what it means to be a British citizen, to be able to make positive choices about their future and wellbeing and to have the courage to challenge stereotypes and attitudes which may hold themselves or others back.


All schools have a duty to ensure that all students receive a rich and relevant Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) curriculum. Some aspects of this are statutory and as an academy, we feel that we have a moral obligation to prepare our students for life beyond education, equip them to be successful citizens, and to make a positive contribution to society.

OBA’s PSHE provision is delivered through our Lessons for Life programme which is encompasses seven key focuses: 

All of the above areas of focus are underpinned by the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

The leads for Lessons for Life are:

  • Matt Oakes, Assistant Principal (Personal Development)
  • Liam Hussey (Lessons for Life Coordinator) 

Lessons for Life is delivered to all year groups for one hour per week in their form groups. We have a set of ground rules which all students must follow to ensure the learning environment within Lessons for Life sessions is safe, stimulating and purposeful.

The delivery of Lessons for Life features a wide range of teaching and learning techniques that are suitable to the students’ age and the topic in question. We also work with partner organisations, visitors and guest speakers to enrich Lessons for Life.  We encourage students to involve themselves with the wide range of development opportunities on offer such as peer mentoring, student leadership roles and fund-raising activity. 

Lessons for Life is taught in a project based approach whereby students study a different topic each half term. All Lessons for Life experiences are based on meaningful topics and are delivered in a clear and logical sequence of learning.

We celebrate and recognise achievements within our Lessons for Life provision on social media and in the academy newsletter.  

Feedback and questions

If you have any questions or would like to provide feedback regarding the Lessons for Life/PSHE programme, please contact Mr M Oakes, Assistant Principal (Personal Development), by emailing [email protected].

Useful links

The relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education policies can be found on our policies page.

A list of projects to be taught can be downloaded below.