Learning for Life and Work, Citizenship and PSHE


 ‘To inspire and encourage learners to develop socially, morally, culturally, spiritually and academically to be effective contributors to society, economy and the environment.  In summary, to be fully aware of real life issues personally, in wider society and in the workplace.’

Our departmental value is that everyone is a life-long learner regardless of ability, gender, ethnicity, religion and social background.  Our ethos is linked to the whole school ethos of mutual respect and understanding.


Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 all our pupils have a discrete Citizenship period on their timetable and PSHE issues are covered during time in form class with their form tutors.

Local and Global Citizenship

  • Diversity and inclusion
  • Human Rights
  • Social Responsibility
  • Equality
  • Social Justice
  • Democracy
  • Active Participation

Personal Social and Health Education (including Relationship and Sexuality Education)

  • Health and the Whole Person
  • Feelings and Emotions
  • Managing influences and Making Decisions
  • Self Concept
  • Managing Change
  • Morals, Values and Beliefs
  • Learning about Learning
  • Safety and Managing Risk
  • Drug Awareness

Here are what some of our first year think about what they are studying in LLW:

I like our discussions and debates in Citizenship.  It is great to hear other people’s opinions on certain issues.
Sarah-Jane Purdy

I like the way we learn in Citizenship.  There are so many different activities.
Tori Melville

I like the topics and the debates in class.  It is lots of fun.  The teacher is really funny and nice.
Madison Cosby

I enjoy Citizenship because of the debates.  I liked learning about identity and certain groups using murals.
Quade Magee

I enjoyed the topic on diversity and what it means to be British or Irish.
ConnorLee Hughes

I love the topics in Citizenship.  It is a really interesting class.
Brooke Bowman

Key Stage 4

There are two pathways at Key Stage 4, click on the graphic below for more detail:

No matter which pathway is taken LLW at Key stage 4 opens up the following careers and helps to develop the skills shown below:


  • Red Cross/Crescent
  • Tax inspectors
  • Military
  • Politician
  • Human resources
  • Nursing
  • Youth work
  • Social Services
  • Amnesty International
  • Fire Service
  • Outdoor education officer
  • Teacher
  • Journalist
  • Civil Service
  • UN Human Rights Commission
    And many more!!!

  • Self-management
  • Self-awareness
  • Communication – verbal and written
  • Debating your points of view
  • Data analysis and evaluative skills
  • ICT – research and presentation skills
  • Problem solving
  • Working independently and as part of a team
  • Leadership
  • And many more!!!

Useful Links

E-safety – https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

Human rights – https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/childrens-human-rights

Promoting rights of children – http://ccea.org.uk/UNCRCResourceHub

Healthy Lifestyles – https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zkdqhyc

Personal identity – https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zm6pb9q

Relationships – https://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zpsv9j6

Head of Department

My Vision – is ‘to create, maintain, lead and develop a department whereby all pupils regardless of ability have the opportunity to reach their full potential and whereby staff feel valued and their opinions are taken into account.’
Mr Coey

Year 8 and 9 Smashed Project

Through Learning for Life and Work, Year 8 and 9 pupils had the opportunity to watch a drama followed by a Q and A session. This event was delivered by The Smashed Project. The event was based on the dangers of alcohol and the potential legal consequences of getting a criminal record through the anti-social use of alcohol. At the end of the event the PSNI re-enforced the message. Our pupils were a credit to themselves and our school and the visitors were superb! #aspiretosucceed #learningwithoutlimits#theglengormleyway

World Aids Day 2018 Activities

As part of Learning for Life and Work, our students were doing an HIV/AIDs awareness day to correspond with World AIDs Day (1st December).  In Geography they were mapping out countries with the highest incidence of AIDs, in Maths they were analysing AIDs data, in Science they were looking at the biology of a virus, in English they were looking at how the media portrayed  AIDs and many other activities were going on across the school.  We had a display outside the school with 36 red balloons, each representing one million people affected with HIV/AIDs.

Year 11 Anti-Social Behaviour Seminar

Today Year 11 boys were at an anti-social behaviour seminar organised by the Police&Community Safety partnership. It was based on a drama that used a lot of humour to highlight serious issues facing our young people today. It was a super event that had all of our pupils engaged and they thoroughly enjoyed the Q and A session.


Celebrating 100 Years of Women’s right to vote

Through Learning for Life and Work, the pupils of Glengormley High School have been taking part in UK Parliament Week. We held a mock Parliament based on the Representation of the People Act to mark the centenary of women gaining the right to vote. This was a heated debate chaired by the Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Carberry of Essex. The Bill was introduced by Prime Minister Sam Hickland. He was supported by fellow MP’s: Charlie Clyde, Cory Boyland, Kyle Paffey and Bailey Weir. The Bill was scrutinised by the Right honourable Matthew Morton and he was supported by fellow opponents: Camrin Close, Riley Lucas, Lewis Purdy and Owen Smyth. Throughout the debate the police had to hold back our suffragettes with many breaking through the police cordon determined to upset any speech by opponents of women getting the right to vote. It was a great way to get our pupils engaged in politics, to explore topics and remind them that through exercising their vote that they can be empowered. It was great to have local representatives Paula Bradley (DUP) and Mark Cosgrove (UUP) join us for the event and they both gave a speech on their role and the importance of voting.


Year 9 Dudes and Divas

Year 9 took part in a Young Enterprise seminar: Explore Enterprise. The pupils heard a talk by Sarah from Dudes+Divas Entertainment, then designed Apps for Dudes+Divas exploring the idea of marketing. They were a credit to our school.