PSHE

The personal development of students is a vital part of their secondary education. PSHEe is delivered through a series of 3 drop down days for each year group across the year. However, aspects of it will also be taught in a range of other disciplines, such as reproduction in science. There are 3 core themes within PSHE- ‘Health and wellbeing’, ‘Relationships’ and ‘Living in the wider world: economic wellbeing, careers and the world of work’.

Personal Well Being
Personal wellbeing helps our students embrace change, feel positive about who they are and enjoy healthy, safe, responsible and fulfilled lives. Students will be able to recognise and manage risk, take increasing responsibility for themselves, their choices and behaviours.

Relationships
Students learn about how to develop and maintain a variety of healthy relationships within a range of social/cultural contexts and to develop parenting skills. This theme helps students to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships and how to deal with risky or negative relationships including all forms of bullying (including the distinct challenges posed by online bullying) and abuse, sexual and other violence and online encounters.

Living in the wider world: economic wellbeing, careers and the world of work
This theme aims to equip students with the knowledge, skills and attributes to make the most of changing opportunities in learning and work. Students will learn about their rights and responsibilities as members of diverse communities, as active citizens and participants in the local and national economy.

 

Year 7

Day 1 Students explore the changes that happen during puberty and issues that may arise as a result. Sessions introduce students to the meaning of mental health and the importance of this to our general wellbeing. Students will learn about some of the issues relating to the use of social media with reference to advertising and the impact this has on our body image. The Fire Service will show students the consequences of arson.
Day 2 We will establish that students may have different sexual orientation and issues that this may cause. We look at various ways of keeping healthy including the misuse of cannabis and the role of families. Students will learn the skills required to ensure they are employable in the future. They will learn to identify transferable skills. Students will look at how to react in the case of an emergency such as a terrorist attack.
Day 3 We continue the theme of being safe on line by looking at the impact social media and the impact of ‘likes’ can have on their mental wellbeing. Our Child Protection officer introduces students to Female Genital Mutilation. We explore ways to reduce the chances of being a victim of fraud and of being involved as a money mule. We look at healthy eating and the abuse of alcohol as part of the keeping healthy theme.

Year 8

Day 1 Mental health plays a vital part in helping students to make appropriate choices and to stay safe. During this day we aim to teach students positive behaviours and strategies which they can adopt and adapt throughout their school career and beyond. We look at ways to use social media safely and the impact advertising may have. Student look at relationships with a focus on persuasion, domestic abuse and rights and responsibilities within relationships and an introduction to contraception.
We also introduce the impact of gambling, with a focus on assessing risk.
Day 2 Students further their knowledge about relationships by identifying their values, parenting and discrimination. We introduce the idea of consent. Students will learn the skills required to ensure they are employable in the future. They will learn to identify transferable skills. Students will learn using modern technology safely, particularly concerns relating to cyberbullying and sexting and strategies to deal with these.
Day 3 We develop the themes of relationships by looking at the ways relationships change as students become older. ‘Sexplain’ will introduce sexual relationships to students. Alterego Theatre company preform ‘Country lines’ which looks at what is CountyLines and how can it affect young people, the Grooming Process and how it can apply to CountyLines, the similarities and potential crossovers between Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) and Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and also where to go for help & advice. We have our final session looking at gambling with concentrates on how to get help. Flossy and Jim explain their career paths to success. We look at peer pressure and issues relation to self esteem.

Year 9

Day 1 Students look at relationships, with a focus on consent, contraception and relationship abuse. Proud2be work with our students to look at discrimination in variety of relationships. Vane Hill ARBD Care discuss the impact of alcohol abuse. Students look at keeping safe on line and how to protect their identities from fraud. We also introduce the impact of gambling, with a focus on assessing risk.
Day 2 Steven Seki, who grew up in poverty in Uganda but is now a successful pharmacist and motivational speaker, will explain his route to success. Students take part in MADE training which introduces to students the technique of using: 1) learn 2) demonstrate 3) apply 4) reflect to turn situations into in a concrete learning experience. Student learn about the dangers of running away and how others may entice them into becoming money mules. We develop the theme of relationships by looking at how to negotiate the use of condoms within a relationship, sexually transmitted infections and the issues relating to porn.
Day 3 Students will also see Alterego Theatre company preform ‘Country lines’ which looks at what is CountyLines and how can it affect young people, the Grooming Process and how it can apply to CountyLines, the similarities and potential crossovers between Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) and Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and also where to go for help & advice. We look at how we can determine if we are ready for a sexual relationship and the consequences of an unplanned pregnancy. We use ‘Career pilot’ to help students make decisions about their future.

Year 10

Day 1 Students look at relationships, with a focus on what makes a healthy relationship, contraception and the consequences of a teenage pregnancy. ‘Sexplain’ discuss the physical aspects of a sexual relationship.
Barbican Theatre Company perform their production of ‘Why would you?’ which looks at ways of overcoming the various challenges there may be about going to university.
Day 2 Alterego theatre group brings us their production of ‘money matters’. Steven Seki, who grew up in poverty in Uganda but is now a successful pharmacist and motivational speaker, will explain his route to success. Students look at keeping safe on line and how to protect their identities from fraud. We look at the impact lifestyle choices may have on their ability to perform well in school. Students look at the options of apprentices as a future career option. We also look at what it means to be a parent.
Day 3 Year 10 students will also see Alterego Theatre company preform ‘Country lines’ which looks at what is CountyLines and how can it affect young people, the Grooming Process and how it can apply to CountyLines, the similarities and potential crossovers between Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE) and Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and also where to go for help & advice. Student look at a range of issues related to gambling, including assessing risk and how we can manage the impulses and influences to gamble. We also look at coping with a bereavement and planning for a funeral. The Fire Service introduce students to ways they can be safe on the roads.

Year 11

Day 1 This day is spent working in curriculum departments.
Day 2 Students will work in small groups with local employers to learn the skills required to ensure they are employable. They will learn to identify transferable skills. Also, how to write a CV and complete an application form in a way that will increase the chance of success. Interview techniques are rehearsed and practised.
Day 3 This day is spent working in curriculum departments.

Years 12 and 13

Day 1 We look at the attributes a future employer may wish students have such as initiative, resilience and leadership. Students also learn some life skills such as cookery and simple car maintenance.
Day 2 Students will visit universities.
Day 3 Students will plan for the future and look at how they should apply to university.