PSHCE is delivered by the tutor to their tutor groups. PSHCE aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of personal, social, health and citizenship education. This is achieved through units of work supported by a wide and ever-increasing range of resources. Students have a weekly one hour lesson but these are supported by six curriculum days spread throughout the year.
Through units of work, students take a look at health and wellbeing, friendships and relationships and living in the wider world. A short unit covering mental health, including understanding body/feelings, gauging feelings, developing positive coping strategies and anxiety in transition is also explored.
Years 8 and 9
Students build on the work completed in Year 7 with a focus on physical and emotional changes and how to manage these positively. How to keep healthy and a recognition that an appropriate balance between work and leisure can promote physical and mental health; including self-esteem and confidence, resilience framing and failure. Basic facts and laws about school rules, alcohol, illegal substances and the risks of misusing prescribed drugs. Relationships and sex education delivered by a specialist team. Developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people. Making informed decisions about their futures in Key Stage 4 and 5 respectively.
Key Stage 4 further develops the above core issues at age appropriate stages. Curriculum days provide the opportunity for more in-depth studies into citizenship.
The main focus at Key Stage 4 is preparing students for life beyond school and how to interact and contribute in a positive manner.
Mental health will be taught as a short unit of work, supporting students in building coping strategies.