A Curriculum For Life is run by the UK Youth Parliament with young people focusing on the needs of today’s youth by lobbying politicians and schools and gaining the views of their peers.
Ejaay Manalastas, Thurrock’s Deputy Member of Youth Parliament, said: “A Curriculum For Life allows students to prepare themselves for the bits of life that isn’t covered in standard education.
“It helps them be ready for the real world, which really isn’t emphasised in the curriculum.”
The Thurrock Youth Cabinet is supporting the campaign and asking all secondary schools in the borough to give their backing by signing a pledge in support of the campaign encouraging subjects like politics, sex and relationships, and finance skills being covered.
William Edwards in Grays and Hassenbrook Academy in Stanford-le-Hope, have already signed and others are expected to follow.
Steve Munday, head teacher at William Edwards, said: ”It’s great to see the young people of Thurrock playing such an important role in ensuring the curriculum offer in all schools supports the principles that underpin A Curriculum For Life.”