The Personal Education Programme is delivered in discrete weekly lessons to all students in years 7-13, and it includes three main elements:
PSHE (Personal Social Health Education)
This part of the syllabus explores personal issues and concerns and gives the students opportunities to explore their emotions in the face of changing pressures. The lessons stress the importance of the family in a loving relationship, and cover puberty, sexually transmitted infections, HIV and AIDS, as well as sexual orientation and abusive relationships. Emotional well being and financial capability are extensively covered in PEd lessons, as are healthy eating, and developing coping strategies for difficult issues such as bereavement and divorce. Substance misuse is discussed throughout the year groups, and peer pressure and bullying are also taught in interactive lessons, with a particular emphasis in key stage three.
As the PSHE program explores personal issues and relationships then Citizenship examines our position as citizens in a societal context, including the local, national and global community.
Students think about their relationship within the law, the criminal justice system, politics, the UK and the E.U. and consider global issues affecting the world today. There are opportunities for both visits outside school and speakers who come into school, e.g. life peers from Westminster, trading standards officers and representatives from organisations such as the Red Cross.
There is an 'active citizen' element in years 9 and 10, where students raise either awareness or funds for an issue that they have studied and feel strongly about, for example Climate Change or ‘Cancer Research.’ This project is written up by those students who undertake the Citizenship GCSE as a controlled assessment.
All year groups benefit from extensive and varied careers guidance within the PEd timetabled lessons. U-EXPLORE is a comprehensive careers online database which all students have access to. Year 9 & 11 have dedicated group sessions with our independent careers advisor, who guides them and helps prepare them for the transition which subject options and post 16 choices bring. A careers fair is an annual event and is aimed primarily at KS 4 & 5 students, however all year groups have access at some point in the day to the career stands. Year 10 have lessons which help prepare them for their work experience week and year 11 benefit from a series of interview technique and CV writing sessions, culminating in a ‘mock’ interview with the Business Partnership who come into school.
KS5 in the PEd careers element is focused on career and University preparation