Marriotts Life Skills

Marriotts Like Skills

Marriotts Life Skills (MLS) is a curriculum subject taught in all year groups. It is an integrated programme covering Citizenship, Financial Literacy, Wellbeing, PHSE, RSE, Careers & Guidance and British Values. Through these lessons we aim to:

  • Prepare and equip our students with the skills knowledge and understanding to be safe and to make good life decisions.
  • To enable our students to be happy, healthy, active and considerate citizens in Modern Britain.
  • As active citizens, we aim to make our students contribute positively to society, respecting and evaluating different viewpoints and taking informed action.
  • Foster an awareness of the Fundamental British Values and an understanding of rights and responsibilities.

MLS is mapped against:

  • the Hertfordshire agreed Syllabus 2017-2022 for RE
  • the National Curriculum (Careers, IAG and Citizenship)
  • Gatsby Careers Benchmarks
  • Ofsted criteria for Spiritual, Moral, Cultural and Social development
  • DOE Guidance: Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education
  • Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: a green paper
  • British Values - To develop and demonstrate the skills knowledge and attitudes to participate fully in and contribute fully to life in Modern Britain. For further information regarding British Values at Marriotts please click here
  • Democracy- this includes:  Political Parties and Parliamentary Systems, free press, role of the constitutional monarch, different electoral systems and local Government.  An active student voice and school council.
  • Law and Order-this includes includes: The role of the police and judiciary, respect for the law, legal boundaries
  • Individual Liberty – this includes: Rights, responsibilities and liberties enjoyed by UK citizens (e.g. equality and equal Opportunities), human rights and International Law.
  • Mutual Tolerance and Respect- this  includes: Respecting those with different faiths, beliefs and lifestyles. Ensuring students are aware of threats and dangers of radical views.

British Values:

British Values are particularly linked to our school values. In school we promote democracy through our election of student council members, our head boy/girl and also take part in the national elections for the borough’s Youth Parliament. The Students Council is  important in making changes to what happens in school.  British Values are also  understood and woven throughout the MLS and assembly programme, and enrichment activities and the school’s student leadership programme are cornerstones of Personal Development. Furthermore the school’s behaviour policy places great emphasis on positive relationships and respect, the importance of support and understanding, a tolerance and understanding of each other and any differences. If issues arise resolution is actively sought both between students and between staff and students

The schools Marriotts Life Skills programme and tutor activities provide an inclusive environment that meets the needs of all students irrespective of age, disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender re-assignment, race, religion or belief. The school promotes an understanding of equalities and diversities in society and emphasises that difference is a positive not a negative and that individual characteristics make people unique. The school encourages students to engage with views, beliefs and opinions  that are different from their own in considered ways including the things we share in common across cultural, religious, ethnic and socio-economic communities.

No forms of discrimination are tolerated and a culture of mutual respect is palpable across the school. The value of tolerance permeates all aspects of school life, creating a harmonious and inclusive community (Ofsted 2016)

The school is aware of the need to be vigilant when it comes to any extremist attitudes or behaviour and appropriate actions will be taken accordingly. All staff are aware of the need to alert the Senior Leadership Team and Governing Body if they have any concerns of this nature and have had training in Prevent. This awareness is also taught in Life Skills lessons to our students. Our overriding aim is to teach children to be resilient to extremism. This involves pupils being taught how to ask probing questions and make sound judgements for themselves about what is right and wrong. Our curriculum enables pupils to learn that there are many differing views and experiences in the world outside of their own.  We promote the development of self-confidence, self-worth and a sense of identity. We also allow pupils opportunities to reflect on and discuss different lifestyles and facets of identity, as well as being able to ask questions, to challenge inappropriate and harmful ideologies, and stand up for what they believe is right.

Leaders have created a harmonious school community that models their approach to teaching pupils about British values such as respect, tolerance and democracy. Pupils are given plentiful opportunities to explore their own ideas and identity in the context of the wider world.( Ofsted 2016)

Citizenship- provides students with the skills, knowledge and understanding to prepare them to play a full and active part in society. For further information regarding Citizenship at Marriotts please click here

Citizenship Includes looking at:

  • Political and Social Issues including:  Local, national and global issues
  • Being an active citizen including: volunteering, mentoring, leadership roles, participation
  • Economic Awareness including: British Values: Budgeting, cost of living, salaries, taxation, pension, investments, bank accounts, credit and debt and insurance.  Also how public money is raised and spent should all be included in financial literacy.
  • Democracy including: Rule of Law, Individual  Liberty, Mutual Respect, Tolerance

Religious Education (RE) - covers the Hertfordshire agreed syllabus 2017-2022 and focuses on the following areas. For further information regarding  RE at Marriotts please click here

Justice and Fairness including: sin, crime and punishment, capital punishment, Amnesty and forgiveness. Can war be just?  Is it possible to rid the world of inequality?

Beliefs and Practices including: Six major world religions, religious festivals, pilgrimages and religious dress.

Sources of Wisdom including: Holy books, scientific research, charter of human life, and philosophers.

Symbols and Actions including: Religious symbols and Christian symbols.

Prayer, Worship and Reflection including: including: Places of worship, religious services, what is worship?

Identity and Belonging including: Influence of religious leaders, who am I (which groups do I belong to), marriage, gender/trans gender

Ultimate Questions including: Is there a God, Is there life after death, how was the world created? When does life begin?

Human responsibilities and values including: The ethics of gambling, how we treat and use animals, pollution and stewardship of the earth, social responsibilities; homelessness, health services, ageing population.  Genetic engineering.


Helps prepare and equip our students with the skills knowledge and understanding to be safe and to make good life decisions. At Marriotts PSHE involves:

  • Being Safe including: Internet and social media use and safety.  Road safety, drugs, alcohol, drugs and knife gangs.  Child sexual exploitation, radicalisation, support mechanisms e.g. Child Line.  Stranger danger. What do if…….
  • Positive Mind-set (Wellbeing) including: Resilience, aiming high, being inspirational, self-confidence, leadership.
  • Health (Wellbeing) including: Staying healthy, personal hygiene, puberty, physical activity, healthy eating, importance of sleep and life style choices.  Sexual Health, coping with loss and bereavement, first aid.
  • Relationships including: Friendships, family, colleagues and peers.  Commitment and how to recognise unhealthy relationships and how to manage conflict.


Health Education and Relationships & Sex Education (RSE)

The Health Education and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) aspects of PSHE (personal, social, health and economic) education is compulsory in all secondary schools from September 2020. For further information please click here.

At Marriotts we recognise that the purpose of RSE is to help children and young people to be safe, healthy and happy as they grow up and in their future lives. RSE must always be appropriate to pupils’ age and stage of development and is an essential part of safeguarding. It should ensure that every pupil is guaranteed a PSHE education that covers mental health and wellbeing; physical health (including healthy lifestyles and first aid); learning about safe, healthy relationships and sex (including understanding consent, negotiating life online, intimate relationships).

Right to withdraw from RSE. Please be aware that parents will continue to have a right to request to withdraw their child from sex education delivered as part of RSE in secondary schools which, unless there are exceptional circumstances, should be granted up to three terms before their child turns 16. At this point, if the child themselves wishes to receive sex education rather than be withdrawn, the school should make arrangements for this to happen in one of the three terms before the child turns 16 - the legal age of sexual consent. There is no right to withdraw from Relationships Education  as  the content of these subjects – such as family, friendship, safety (including online safety) – are important for all children to be taught. If a parent/ carer wishes to withdraw their child from sex education they must right to the Head Teacher to request this.


The following links will also help your understanding of our RSE provision

RSE Policy. This is in line with the DfE ‘Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education’ draft guidance (February 2019). Please click here to view this policy.

A parent guide - Understanding Relationships, Sex and Health Education at your child’s secondary school. This is produced by the Department for Education to view please click here to view.



The school’s work to enhance students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is of a high quality and systematically planned across the curriculum and the whole school community. SMSC permeates all aspects of school life  and reflects the school’s aims, ethos and values. It underpins a students personal development, their welfare and their place in society and equips them for life in Modern Britain. Please click here for further information and to see our Curriculum Maps for SMSC.



The school supports students to be reflective about their own beliefs (religious or otherwise) and to respect different faiths, feelings and values.  Giving students the chance to develop their own identity and self -worth is also important. An opportunity in RE and MLS to experience lessons in Philosophy and Ethics helps in this process.



The school approach to behaviour management encourages students to recognise the difference between right and wrong and to understand the consequences of their behaviour and their actions both in school and out of school. Through an understanding of British Values they are taught about the British legal system and civil and criminal law, students  also learn of Britain’s democratic parliamentary system. The RE and MLS programme also allows an exploration of moral and ethical issues, whilst appreciating the viewpoints of others).



There are high expectations for positive social behaviours within the Marriotts community and a harmonious approach is always sought. Students are encouraged to be accepting to those that are different from them, and to develop positive relations. The school has very few issues surrounding peer relationships but when they do occur the staff react quickly to ensure that hurt and upset is minimised and a resolution is sought.  The school also provides its students with many opportunities to join, clubs, teams, societies and to attend trips which help form a school community with many social experiences. This is extended to projects in the community involving charity work or volunteering.



Cultural capital is essential to broaden horizons and to enable students to have an understanding and respect for their heritage and culture, and that of others. Cutural Capital is also mapped throughout the curriculum and features in many assemblies and school events There is a focus on this in curriculum subjects and we also have. Please click here to show this Cultural Capital Mapping.


Cultural Capital


Cultural Capital is “the essential knowledge that pupils need to be educated citizens, introducing them to the best that has been thought and said and helping to engender an appreciation of human creativity and achievement.” Ofsted 2019

Marriotts aims to construct a curriculum that is ambitious and designed to give all learners, including SEND and the most disadvantaged, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.

The document available for download below should be read alongside the subject curriculum maps to gain a full understand of the curriculum offer at Marriotts. The following map provides an overview of the provision pupils’ will experience throughout their time at Marriotts. The impact of these activities is also included below.