PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education) Curriculum
What is PSHE?
What is it?
PSHE education helps students to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. From making responsible decisions about alcohol to succeeding in their first job, PSHE education helps pupils to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up. A bespoke programme is put together for each year group and subject matters are delivered in a variety of different ways. For example; during tutor time, discrete lessons, drop down days, external speakers (charities, uniformed services, youth groups) and outside visits.
Why is it Important?
A growing body of research shows that pupils who are emotionally healthy do better at school. PSHE education helps children and young people to achieve their potential by supporting their wellbeing and tackling issues that can affect their ability to learn, such as anxiety and unhealthy relationships. PSHE education also helps pupils to develop skills and aptitudes - like teamwork, communication, and resilience - that are crucial to navigating the challenges and opportunities of the modern world, and are increasingly valued by employers.
The role that parents play
Ultimately, PSHE helps ensure that children are safe, happy and healthy, by allowing them to understand when they may not be. Towers School is aware that parents and carers also understand the importance of their children developing personal and interpersonal skills as well as academic success and we are driven to ensure that this is delivered in a collaborative and consistent way. However, if you as parents are not furnished with a clear and comprehensive picture of our aims and programme for PSHE, it may be seen as intrusive, or tackling issues you don’t want your child to learn about, such as sex and relationships education (SRE).
We take this role very seriously and it is therefore very important for us to establish clear lines of communication. We believe that effective PSHE should start early and take a developmental approach; relevant to pupils depending on their age and maturity.
This can be particularly challenging when teaching SRE and we will share our SRE policy and PSHE curriculum overview with you on the school website, as well as making copies readily available to you. This will also include the guidance on the parental right to withdraw your child from any aspect of PSHE.
Our aims and commitment to you
We will ensure parents and carers understand and trust in the goals and aims of the scheme of work.
We will ensure parents and carers are given the opportunity to open a dialogue with the school, or a school representative.
We will ensure we deliver a child-centred approach at all times.
We will provide opportunities for further involvement, such as participating in policy reviews, and attending open days or evenings.
To read more about PSHE please click here
As PSHE is currently non-statutory, we deliver our PSHE through focus sessions at various points in the school year during the school day. In addition to these focus, various other programmes are being developed and are offered to students during enrichment sessions. Our main focal points in PSHE are Sex and Relationship Education (SRE), alcohol, smoking and drugs, and online safety.
Smoking, alcohol and drugs
Talking to kids about alcohol, a parents guide - click here
Help reduce the chances your child will develop a drug or alcohol problem - click here
Drugs & your child - a guide for parents and carers - click here
Drug chart - a guide for parents - click here
The Alcohol Education Trust Newsletter June 2017 - click here
Parents and carers out of line with teenagers on drinking - click here
Sex and relationship education
Frequently asked questions on pornography and sharing of sexual images in PSHE education -click here
A parents guide to sexting - click here
'Exposed' sexting video - click here
Clare thought she knew - video
What risks are posed to my child online - click here
A parents guide to Cyberbullying - click here
A parents guide - click here
Social network sites
A parent and carers guide to social networking sites - click here
Whatsapp - a guide for parents and carers - click here
YouTube - a guide for parents and carers - click here
YouTube - how to protect yourself - click here
Instagram - a guide for parents and carers - click here
Facebook - how to protect yourself - click here
Do you have questions about being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender?
If you’re looking for advice and information, it’s important to get it from a trusted source. These organisations specialise in giving impartial advice and support to LGBT young people. If you’re seeking support in an online community – even if the forum or group is moderated - remember that you can never really be sure of who you’re talking to. Remember to follow our tips for staying safe.
Childline Message Boards – Sexuality & Gender Identity
Childline’s message boards are a place where young people can share their experiences, have fun and get support from other young people in similar situations. Young people can talk about all sorts of things including their feelings about their sexuality or gender identity. The boards are moderated and there are house rules that everyone needs to follow. Childline also has pages with further information and advice for young people about sexual orientation and transgender identity.
Remember, you can also talk to a counsellor at Childline whatever your worry, for free and at anytime on 0800 1111 or at www.childline.org.uk
Young Stonewall provides information and advice on issues that affect lesbian, gay and bisexual young people.
www.youngstonewall.org.uk or call 08000 502020
Gendered Intelligence offers services for trans young people aged 13-25 across the UK, including a youth group. It also provides support services to the families of trans young people.
EACH is the award-winning charity for adults and young people affected by homophobia and transphobia.
A national network of LGBT groups, projects and organisations. The LGBT Consortium’s website has a directory where you can search for local LGBT services. Remember to select ‘Provides services for Young People’ to find services for young people locally.
Do you need advice about sexual health, sex or relationships?
Free, confidential sexual health information and support services for young people under 25.
Need someone to talk to?
www.switchboard.lgbt or call 08000 546213
Or talk to your welfare manager
PSHE education and bullying - helping our children feel safe to learn.
- Tutor Time – once a week
- Y7 anti-smoking workshops (Kent Community Health)
- Y8 body image sessions (Dove) - Communicating with your child about a healthy weight guide - click here
- Y8 girls “Love shouldn’t hurt” course (Rising Sun charity – “Tender Healthy Relationships”)
- Y9 SRE follow the Brook - parent information letter - click here
- Y8, Y10 and Y11 – Fire and Road Safety talks (Kent Fire and Rescue Service)
- Y10 Tender Healthy Relationships (Rising Sun charity)
- Y12-13 Tender Healthy Relationships (Rising Sun charity)
- Y12-13 License to Kill
- http://www.supportline.org.uk/problems/support_children_young_people.php - list of helplines and websites for young people and parents.
- https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/ - where you can find e-safety tips, advice and resources to help children and young people stay safe online.
- https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/sexting/ - an NSPCC site on sexting
- http://www.upworthy.com - guide to weight and body image