Personal, Social and Health Education
The Year 9 PSHE curriculum starts off with a clear focus on the different aspects of mental health. Students are guided through the possible issues surrounding mental health and given clear direction as to where they can find support. They will then move onto looking at how to withstand the pressures that can arise as a teenager in everyday society, such as been persuaded into smoking, drinking alcohol and taking drugs. The content will then look at the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships and important topics within that such as consent and the sharing of explicit images. Within the relationships aspect we will also look at how the media and celebrities can influence decisions and make aspects unrealistic. The sessions will finally move towards budgeting and financial planning, looking at risks in investment and the issues of gambling. Throughout all of the topics the students will be given clear support and guidance and shown where they can turn to receive the next level of advice.
- Mental health
- Peer Pressure
- Smoking, alcohol and drugs
- Healthy and unhealthy relationships
- Media portrayal of relationships
- Consent and sharing explicit images
- Budgeting and financial 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.