The College addresses Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) in a number of ways: age appropriate presentations to Junior, Middle and Senior Schools, tutorials given by tutors which cover the five principles of the 'Every Child Matters' policy, specialist lessons for First and Second Form, within the RS syllabus for older pupils and of course by all teachers in lessons, as necessary.

PSHE Tutorials are given by tutors, using material provided centrally. These materials may well include short film clips, discussion topics, quizzes and news articles based on the principles of 'Every Child Matters' and relevant to children and teenagers. Examples of topic areas are:

  • Be Healthy - physical health, mental / emotional health, sexual health, healthy lifestyles and illegal drug use
  • Stay Safe - neglect, child abuse, sexual exploitation, internet safety, bullying, discrimination, anti-social behaviour and crime, personal safety and security
  • Enjoy and Achieve - study skills, school attendance, the Merit system, Activity time: sport/music/drama/art. Stress and time management
  • Make a Positive Contribution - contributing to activities, supporting the local community, looking after the environment, charity work, positive relationships, making good choices, positive behaviour, gaining self-confidence and being enterprising
  • Achieve Economic well-being - planning for the future, choosing GCSE/A level subjects, gaining work experience, money management - budgeting, saving, understanding loans and credit cards and avoiding debt

The First and Second Forms follow a dedicated scheme of work, delivered by a number of staff from different areas. The College also arranges age appropriate presentations using outside speakers and agencies for our pupils and on occasion parents and governors. Recent presentations have included: Drugs, Alcohol & Knife Crime, Driving Safely, E-Safety, Sex Education, Facebook, Drugs & Alcohol, Mental Health, Wasted Youth, Independent Finance, CVs, Interviews & Student Life, Revision Techniques & Independent Learning, Relationship Workshops, Poverty & Charity and Child Education Online Protection (CEOP).

Here are some things parents have had to say about the PSHE programme:

It’s very good to see that the College is not afraid to get to grips with all areas of student life.
Thank you for organising the Drugs and Alcohol presentation last night. I found it to be very informative and realised there were big gaps in my knowledge of the subject. It has definitely made me more confident in approaching the subject with my children.
Just to say thank you for organizing a very interesting presentation. How little did I know!
We wanted to drop you a line to say how impressed we were with the presentation. We learnt a lot and can see the benefits of being well informed.

 

Further subject information can be found in the relevant school curriculum document on the Curriculum page.