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 will 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.
We will establish that students may have different sexual orientation and issues that this may cause. Students will learn about the concerns relating to cyberbullying and strategies to deal with this. The Fire Service will show students the consequences of arson.
Students will learn the skill of making a simple budget.
Day 2 Students build on their learning of mental health and we reinforce the importance of healthy lifestyles with sessions on drugs, healthy eating, exercise and first aid.We explore the issue of loss and bereavement.Students further their knowledge of the safe use of modern technology. We continue to look at diversity and the issue of homophobic bullying.
Day 3 Students will learn how to recognise the skills and talents that they have and how to promote these and build upon them in future.  We look at what makes a good friend and how to keep friendships working.  We look at how peer pressure may affect our behaviour.  Our work on different types of relationship continues, along with the issues surrounding the ending of relationships.  We look at some aspects of keeping healthy including healthy eating and the effects of cannabis on the body.

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 also have input from ‘virtually safe’ where issues surrounding social networking are discussed and techniques are taught to enable students to use these resources safely.
Day 2 Solomon theatre company will perform ‘Last orders’.  The impact of this performance is built upon by a workshop exploring a range of themes such as anti-social behaviour, illegal purchase (including the law on alcohol and age-restricted products) and attitudes to risk.Students will also have the opportunity to investigate future career routes in advance of choosing their options.
Day 3 Solomon Theatre bring us ‘The Power of Love’ – a performance and workshop that looks at bullying, exploitation, domestic violence, intimidation, respect and trust.  We also look at some basic first aid techniques with the Red Cross.  Safe social media, alcohol and drugs are also covered.  We have a visit from the Samaritans to inform students about the wide range of services offered.

Year 9

Day 1 All young people need to know the importance of building healthy relationships and identifying those relationships that are unhealthy. During this day we will challenge the myths and assumptions relating to consent, encourage open classroom discussion and reinforce the legal framework in this area. It places the issue of consent in the context of young people’s real lives and explores the influence of peer pressure, alcohol and drugs, as well as the role that technology can play, for example in abuse and unhealthy relationships.
Day 2 Solomon theatre company will perform ‘Last orders’and students will take part in a workshops which explores a range of themes such as anti-social behaviour, illegal purchase (including the law on alcohol and age-restricted products) and attitude to risk and sexual health (including unplanned pregnancy and STIs).
Day 3 Solomon Theatre bring us ‘The Power of Love’ – a performance and workshop that looks at bullying, exploitation, domestic violence, intimidation, respect and trust.  We also look at some aspects of finance with being paid, budgeting and the use of credit cards introduced.

Year 10

Day 1 Students participate in a range of sessions which aims to support their understanding of the emotional and physical aspects of sexual relationships and what is acceptable behaviour within these relationships. We look at the ways students can keep themselves safe and the consequences of a teen pregnancy.Students will be advised on how to secure an appropriate work experience placement and the value of spending this time in a working environment.
Day 2 During this day students will learn from ‘The Royal Bank of Scotland’ how banks work and then some personal finance skills to include wages and tax. Student health is promoted by the ‘Fire Service’ who look at road safety, ‘Checkpoint’ who look at drug use. This is further promoted with sessions on habit, dependence and addiction and also on the importance of good mental health.
Day 3 We have a range of visitors bringing a range of different ideas and information with them.  The Fire Service is looking at being a safe road user, Checkpoint will introduce the services they offer and also inform students about child sexual exploitation.  We have the Army looking at teamwork.  We also have sessions on bereavement and Andy Dunn will talk about his journey towards good mental health and the factors that might impact this in our students.

Year 11

Day 1 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 practiced.
Day 2 Students will have the opportunity to look at strategies to help their relationships and family in future. We look at loss, separation and divorce within relationships. Students are shown techniques to help with the stress of exams.
Day 3 ‘Solomon theatre company bring us ‘Skin deep’ which has been developed in partnership with police, trading standards and PSHE specialists, ‘Skin Deep’ tells the powerful and moving story of two teenage girls who are attracted to boys from rival gangs. Following the performance, specially designed workshops explore a variety of themes. These include the role of myths in creating a culture of fear, the reasons for the existence of gangs and extremist behaviour, the consequences of carrying knives and the nature of intolerance and prejudice. Ultimately, the aim is to challenge thinking and change attitudes, giving young people the confidence and self-belief they need to become active citizens in their local communities.

Years 12 and 13

Day 1 In preparation for Anti- Bullying week in November the students will study a range of issues around discrimination and bullying.
Day 2 The latest reports suggest up to 550 young Britons have made the journey to Syria to join the frontline while young westernised girls have left the UK to become brides for OS fighters. Student will investigate the topic of extremism and try to understand the causes of this behaviour and try to work out strategies to prevent it from happening.
Day 3 We will refresh students’ knowledge about the physical side of sexual relationships and how to keep safe. Students will also explore the emotional side of relationships and find out what makes a healthy and unhealthy relationship.