Personal, Social and Health Education (aka Relationship & Sex Education)
PSHE is taught by Mr C Higson - email@example.com
This is supported by the work of Lower School form tutors (Years 7 & 8 Tutorial programme) and others (eg Middle School Citizenship, Careers, PE and Well Being activities). Curricular (eg RS and Biology) and Co-curricular activities (eg assemblies, outdoor education) also contribute to the personal, social and health education of our students.
In Years 7-11 “Personal, Social and Health Education” is delivered in annual “blocks” of 5-6 lessons during timetabled “Tutorial” or PE/ “Carousel” teaching periods. The aim is to provide reliable information, and a “tool kit” of helpful tips, equipping students to make decisions and choices appropriate to their own lives. These lessons are supplemented by assemblies and presentations.
There is no timetabled teaching of PSHE for Years 12 & 13, although there are assemblies on specific topics, and guest speakers deliver lectures and workshops on such matters as mental health and well-being, road safety, citizenship, and drug and alcohol misuse. All members of the Sixth Form have the opportunity to assume leadership responsibilities in the school.
As “Confidential Mentor”, Mr Higson is available to Sixth Formers as a “listening ear” for any issues which may be troubling them. Most students who use this service do so of their own accord via direct request. Apart from the extremely rare occasions when Safeguarding concerns arise, such sessions are totally confidential. Mr Higson does inform The Deputy Head, Mr G Lloyd, of when and where he is seeing a student 1:1, but the reasons for the meeting and its content are not disclosed and details are not recorded on the student’s school record. Safeguarding or child protection concerns will, however, be reported to the Safeguarding Team and recorded appropriately.
There are female pastoral support staff in the Sixth Form Office for students who prefer to speak confidentially with them.