Learning for Life and Work (LLW) is a relatively new subject for Lagan College and it involves three strands:
1. Citizenship that explores issues such as racism, democracy and how to be an informed and active citizen.
2. Employability including how to be an entrepreneur and how best to prepare yourself for future jobs. This strand has been devised specifically by heads of business and education.
3. Personal Development helps us to understand ourselves and relationships. This aims to promote a healthy, managed and realistic life essential for a successful future.
All students have some experience of this subject, which has been designed to be both relevant and to incorporate new active learning strategies. This means that LLW often includes group work, games and discussions. Pupils have reflected that their LLW lessons have been both useful and fun.
Another focus of LLW is to develop links with the world around us. LLW pupils can see the important role that they have to play in society and so facilitating a development of strategies to make a positive difference to the world around us. LLW students have, for example, stopped the torture of political prisoners from around the world by writing letters hundreds of letters of protest to their captors. We have also experienced democracy in action with the Year 10 visiting the Northern Ireland Assembly Buildings at Stormont.
LLW is also offered as a GCSE option. This allows students to explore the strands and issues above in much greater detail. The GCSE has a large controlled assessment element (60%) and has proved to be an enjoyable, successful and interesting subject.