Our PSHE provision is recognised as best practice by the Local Authority and the School Nursing service and numerous external providers.
All PSHE is delivered through workshops, tutorial lessons and conference days and focuses on issues of concern for young people today. All students – from Yr 7 – 13 are involved at some stage during the academic year with the programme and engage in thinking about topics such as gang culture, grooming and radicalisation, drug and alcohol education, issues to do with culture and identify, the impact of transition, keeping young men and woman safe physically, within relationships and on-line. Throughout all PSHE work, the safeguarding of our students is paramount with students being signposted to additional support when necessary. Encouraging our students to support each other is also central to the safeguarding dimension of this work.
The work of PSHE is supported by the school nurse and specialist PSHE agencies from within Southwark and beyond.
Each student in Year 7 will cover the topics below during tutor lessons and during the PSHE Workshops:
Changes and Choices Programme
These workshops are focused on teenage use and misuse of alcohol and drugs, as well as the meaning of ‘experimentation’. Other topics explored are fatal crime, grooming and gangs, the issue of online safety and CSE (Child Sexual Exploitation).
All Year 9 students attend the Sex and Relationship Education Programme delivered by the PSHE coordinator, a specialist team of staff, the school nurse and supported by Esteem, Metro and Straight Talking external agencies.
Topics covered include:
Choices and Options
All Year 9 students explore together their link between academic success and the world of work. During these workshops students think about subject choices for next year, the impact for the future and the importance of a ‘rounded’ education in order to be prepared adulthood; the importance of qualifications; the challenges of learning; Positive and negative images of education and social/economic impact on aspiration.
Life skills: helping students to identify the skills they have, the skills they might need for GCSE years and the world of work and being able to identify ‘transferable skills’. This will be considered in consultation with Assistant Head for Economic Wellbeing and the Economic Wellbeing Coordinator.
Virtual Baby Programme
This course focuses on students learning about the reality and responsibility of being a parent. Students can nominate themselves for this course as there is a limit of 40 students who can take part. This programme will include the students taking the virtual baby home for the weekend.
Gender Identity Programme: Being a Woman/ Being a Man
All students will take part in this programme and discuss the following issues
Responsibility to Self and Others
These workshops focus on the following
Mindfulness and Stress Busting
These workshops introduce the basic tenets of meditation and mindfulness to enhance success or help overcome bars to success. Students can nominate themselves for this course although numbers are limited to 40 students.
Entering Adulthood A Two Day PSHE & Emotional Wellbeing Conference
Over the course of two days students have the opportunity to work with external and internal professionals delivering in a conference format. Workshops include the following