‘Students’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural development is excellent.’ Ofsted 2014
The aim of Personal, Social, Health and Economics (PSHE) is to equip students with current, up-to-date information on issues that they may face in the wider world to enable them to make informed choices and opinions, from drugs to bullying and SRE (which focuses the effective delivery of sex and relationships education within secondary schools). PHSE is an obligatory but non-examined subject which helps to equip students for life outside school and the role they take on after education.
Staff and facilities
For Years 7 – 11 PSHE is led by the Heads of Year. Students are taught in tutor groups led by Form Tutors and some topics are supported by the School Nurse. In addition a wide variety of external speakers support various aspects of the curriculum; these include the Fire and Rescue Services and local organisations and businesses.
For Years 12 and 13 the PSHE Department is headed by Ms Denny. The PSHE curriculum has been developed to overlap with the National PSHE Programme of Study www.pshe-association.org.uk. The PSHE curriculum has been developed to overlap with the National PSHE Programme of Study www.pshe-association.org.uk The course is designed to build on topics from Year 7 through to Year 13.
Across all year groups PSHE examines personal well being, social and health education (including sex education) and the social and emotional aspects of learning. It also covers economic well being, which draws together economic understanding, careers education, enterprise, financial capability and work-related learning
Key Stage 3
Students cover a wide range of topics inclusive of:
- Bullying – different types of bulling, how to identify it and where to go for help.
- Keeping healthy – the effects of smoking and of different types of drugs on the body.
- Relationships – exploring healthy relationships and body image.
- Careers – what roles are available, how option choices impact on post 16 choices.
- Economic wellbeing – how to open bank accounts and budgeting.
- Study skills – revision techniques and identifying why revision is important.
Key Stage 4
- Bullying – extremism, how to identify bullying and where help can be found.
- Media – body image and how the media portrays relationships.
- Economic wellbeing – budgeting.
- Keeping healthy – metal health, first aid and managing exam stress.
- Careers – CV writing and mock interviews in Year 11.
- Study skills – revision techniques and how to manage exam stress.
Key Stage 5
The aim of PSHE in the Sixth Form is to equip our students to fulfil their potential academically and to take on the challenges of life beyond school. During Term 1 the focus for Year 12 is on Sixth Form study skills, whilst for Year 13 it is on making their university applications or researching other routes for progression in the future. From Terms 2 to 6 there is a rolling programme of Academic Monitoring meetings held with tutors (every student has three during the academic year), to monitor progress and support learning. We also organise presentations and activities on a wide range of issues. Below is a list of some of the things covered in the last twelve months:
- Dogs for the Disabled
- Save the Children
- Amnesty International
- Current Affairs
- The Middle East crises
- The European Union
- Health, Well-being, Safety education
- Blood Donation
- Financial Management
- Yoga to relieve pre-exam stress
- Health and well-being
- Drugs education
- Young driver safety
- Issues of consent
- Revision techniques
- Choosing a course at university
- Writing a Personal Statement
- Understanding Student Finance
- Alternatives to Higher Educations
- Foundation degrees