Head of Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE)

Miss T Byng - tbyng@ndonline.org

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is taught across all year groups from Year 7 to Year 11. Each year group has one timetabled lesson per week which revolves around the key themes of Health Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), Work Related Learning (WRL), Citizenship and Managing Money. All lessons have an active learning approach and very often contain discussions, debates, role plays and creating display materials and presentations. Students are encouraged to form their own informed opinions whilst respecting the rights of others to hold different ones. Visitors are welcomed into lessons to support the work of the teacher and to provide expert information and approaches as necessary. All visitors work within the framework of a faith school and understand and respect our mission of educating our young people for life – Head, Hands and Heart.

In Years 7 and 8 students are usually taught in mixed ability House groups and we focus on 5 modules of work. Where it is felt appropriate by the SEND department, a small number of students are taken out of the main teaching programme and taught separately, at a slower pace, with topics suiting their particular needs. In Year 7 the units of work focus on: Smoking and Health, Puberty & Hygiene, Work related Learning and Citizenship. In Year 8 the work enhances that of Year 7 by focussing on Drugs and Alcohol Education, Citizenship, Relationships Education, Managing Money and Work Related Learning.

In Years 9 and 10 students prepare for the Asdan Personal and Social Development (PSD) course. Students experience 5 key modules of work: Healthy Eating, Healthy Living, Managing Own Money, Managing Social relationships and Cultural Diversity/Individual Rights and Responsibilities. These modules were chosen from a wider selection on offer so that the curriculum provided students with experiences that the teaching team felt were important to cover with this age group, whether or not a qualification was being taken.

Year 11 students use their lesson time and their Work Experience week to prepare for the Asdan Employability Award. The work focuses on preparing students for the work place by giving them the skills they need to research potential careers and successfully apply for jobs e.g. CV writing, looking at application forms, apprenticeships etc. All students in Year 11 are offered an opportunity to experience a one week Work Experience placement which usually takes place in the last week of October.

Both the PSD and Employability programmes of study can earn the students a qualification at either Level 1 (@ grade E) or Level 2 (@ grade B) depending upon the quality and depth of the work they produce. They are both portfolio driven courses (plus controlled assignments for PSD). The work is moderated externally by Asdan moderators in July of each year.

In Year 12 the curriculum continues under the auspices of RS. In addition the students also look at preparing for living independently either at HE or while at work. They are introduced to preparing for HE applications and this includes a Personal Statement day led by staff at the University of Plymouth. PLT students have PSHE as part of their timetabled week and this is led by the PLT Co-ordinator. Students follow a programme that focuses on health, personal safety and citizenship.

In all year groups the timetabled curriculum is supported by collapsed curriculum days (Dimension Days).  PSHE supports/is supported by and links with the students’ work in:

  • Ubuntu in Y7
  • Kairos in Y8
  • Aspects of the RS curriculum
  • Aspects of the Science curriculum