Personal, Social and Health Education
The Year 8 PSHE curriculum allows students to build on their knowledge from Year 7 looking at a variety of topics in a little more detail. Most of the sessions are based around making sure all of our students are as safe as possible, focusing on aspects that are high profile at the moment such as knife crime, cyber bullying and CSE. Along with this they will be guided through detailed units that look a specifically at how to effectively take care of themselves, becoming a proactive member of the community and a large unit covering relationships. Students will spend two mornings a week in form time, carrying out a variety of activities and informed discussions on topics that we see as essential for their own personal development. Their learning will be fully directed by their form tutor, who will be on hand to offer support and guidance where necessary.
- Cyber Crime
- Cyber bullying
- Child sexual exploitation
- Becoming active within the community
- Self-care and personal hygiene
In order to create a PSHE curriculum that is as engaging as possible, we often use guest speakers to supplement what is covered during form time. This has been an extremely successful aspect of Personal, Social, and Health Education and the students find it extremely beneficial hearing from somebody who has experienced a specific issue first hand. Their experiences and success stories, coupled with advice, gives students a clear insight into how, sometimes serious, issues can be overcome.