PSHE / Citizenship
PSHE is taught to all students in Years 7 to 11 for two lessons a fortnight and includes Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE), Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), Citizenship, and Careers Education. The aim is to broaden students' Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development throughout each topic.
The topics covered include:
- Health Education – Smoking, alcohol and drug education.
- Physical and mental wellbeing – including water safety, first aid and CPR, and mental wellbeing.
- Internet safety and social media – how to keep safe, cyberbullying and online grooming, social media and the link to body image, sexting and online pornography.
- Relationships and Sex Education – covers the topics found in the 2020 statutory guidance to include healthy relationships, consent, sexual harassment, contraception and STIs. We also have learning support discuss Autism with our Year 7 students.
- Citizenship – including local and national government, the law, our rights and responsibilities, human rights and global issues.
- Financial awareness and understanding.
- Careers education – exploring employability skills, labour market information, and equipping students with the skills to research their future choices via a range of websites, including the National Careers Service and Unifrog.
Through these lessons students increase their knowledge and understanding about important and topical issues, these include local, national and global. Some of these lessons are taken by external speakers such as youth workers, counsellors, the school nurse, Raising Achievement, learning support, DASH and the National Citizen Service.
Students will explore fundamental British Values throughout Year 7-11 by exploring:
- The democratic process in Citizenship
- Exploring the rule of law across a range of topics, including RSE, Citizenship and Health Education.
- An understanding of the court and police systems in Year 10
- An understanding of human rights, including freedom of faith and belief.
- Exploring the diversity of Britain and the acceptance and tolerance of multicultural Britain.
- An understanding that we need to identify and combat discrimination throughout Year 7-11.
At Sixth Form students have PSHE, Careers Education, RSE and Citizenship taught through a thorough tutor programme. Students have a year group seminar once a fortnight that explore study skills, Careers Education and PSHE, including:
- Options for post Sixth Form – University, Apprenticeships, Employment, Gap years, sponsored degrees and degree apprenticeships. This includes talks from Pathway CTM, various universities including Royal Holloway, and apprenticeship talks from alumni.
- Sexual harassment seminar
- Money skills seminar from CAP.
- DASH (Domestic abuse stops here) seminar
- Opportunity to speak to a Paralympic rower