Personal, Social and Health Education
The Key Stage 4 curriculum builds on the knowledge and understanding from Year 9 on continues throughout Year 10 and 11. Students start by looking specifically at mental health with a clear focus on dealing with exam stress and anxiety and a focus on self-confidence and esteem.
For the second section of content, the Key Stage 4 students will focus on is the dangers of social media, with a specific focus on the consequences of sharing explicit images. Within this, students will focus on stereotyping and discrimination both in everyday life and the workplace, along with the dangers of extremism and being attracted to a gang or cult.
The relationships aspect for Key Stage 4 focuses on marriage, and at how the media and celebrities can give an unrealistic perception of marriage and relationships. The students will then start to look at Sexually Transmitted Infection’s and substance and alcohol misuse, and how this can impair decision making, especially in risky situations. The purpose for this is to ensure that all students are aware of difficult situations as they reach adolescence and start their journey to further education.
The final aspects Key Stage 4 students will focus on is financial management and budgeting effectively; how to become a critical consumer and how to maximise your career opportunities. There will also be a large section on how to make the most of the summer, as Key Stage 4 students should be looking at using the time effectively to gain valuable experience for their future. All students are given clear support and guidance on how to seek help and advice if they feel that they are susceptible to any of the issues that we have addressed throughout the year.
- Mental health - stress, anxiety, self-confidence and esteem
- Issues and dangers of social media
- Stereotyping and discrimination
- Extremism, gangs and cults
- Marriage and relationships
- Sexual transmitted infections
- Alcohol and drugs
- Understanding finances
- Careers and future planning
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.