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PSHEE

Staff in charge of PHSEE:   Mr J A Coen, Deputy Headteacher

The PSHEE curriculum responds to the needs of young people in the school as they grow and change over their time with us. We seek to encourage and direct their personal development so that they respond positively to the challenges that they face. We help them to understand the complex society that they live in and equip them with the life skills and empathy to be a happy and successful member of the community. We look in detail at the wealth of information that will help them to make sensible decisions about their own health and wellbeing and give them the confidence and strength to keep themselves safe. The final strand of the subject looks at the reality of a modern and dynamic economy where they will need to acquire and develop the skills and attitudes which they will need as they move into the wider world of work and careers.

Each year group will have 4 ‘drop-down’ days a year which will offered as a themed experience which will explore a particular aspect of the curriculum. As the students proceed through the curriculum they will record their progress and sense of personal development in their individual Personal Development Journal. 

Years 7, 8 and 9

Year 7

Day 1: TRANSITIONS

Dealing with change and making new friends; TWGSB: how the school works and where to go for help; Learning to Learn: using the KS3 Study Guide; Team Building: working with your House Captains; eSafety and acceptable use of TWGSB IT Systems.

Day 2: HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Healthy eating and healthy lifestyles; Understanding stress, anxiety and related issues; Dealing with strong emotions and the importance of talking; Ways of supporting each other; Fitness for life.

Day 3: BULLYING AND eSAFETY

Why do people bully why are some people bullied; Building resilience and standing up for yourself; Peer pressure and friendship; Growing up safely in the digital age.

Day 4: CITIZENSHIP

Democracy and freedom; Rules, laws and the

Justice System; TWGSB Code of Conduct; Respect Excellence and Determination (RED).

Year 8

Day 1: HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Illegal drugs; Legal drugs: alcohol and tobacco; Avoiding risky behaviour; Fitness for Life.

Day 2: RELATIONSHIPS

Staying safe online; Developing positive relationships with your peers; Developing good relationships with your teachers and other adults; Assertiveness and resilience.

Day 3: CITIZENSHIP

What is a Magistrate’s Court?; Local politics and the lives of young people; Fundamental values; How does power change hands?

Day 4: LIVING IN THE WIDER WORLD

Thinking about my future; Developing the skills I need; Living in a diverse world; What is debt?

Year 9

Day 1: HEALTH AND WELLBEING

The Characteristics of mental and emotional health; Sexual health: understanding physical and emotional risks; Personal risk: substance abuse; Do I have a healthy lifestyle?

DAY 2: LIVING IN THE WIDER WORLD

My future: decisions and pathways; The media and young people; Globalisation and its effects; Artificial Intelligence and the world of work.

DAY 3: RELATIONSHIPS

Relationships and behaviours in teams, classes and friendships; Communication skills: active listening, negotiation, constructive feedback; Dealing with breakdowns in relationships; Sexuality and consent.

Day 4: CITIZENSHIP

Who’s in charge? Borough, County, Parliament; Systems of Government; Schools and Rules; My responsibilities as a citizen.

Sixth Form: Years 12 and 13

All students will follow a Future Planning programme to prepare them for their life post Sixth Form. These sessions will be delivered through fortnightly PSHE lessons and morning tutorial sessions. The programme is divided into these four strands:

Personal Development: Financial planning, Wider reading, Presentation skills, Health and wellbeing, Team building and Leadership skills.

Learning Power: Study skills, Revision skills, Time management, and Reflection and target setting.

Future goals: Mock Interviews, UCAS Careers, Employability skills, Gap year options and Apprenticeships.

Community: Inter-form competition, Volunteering, Mentoring, Prefect / House teams, Fundraising, Assemblies.

For further information please visit the Sixth Form Future Planning page