At Salesian we ensure that student get a rounded education in personal, social, health and economic education during Key Stage 3,4 and 5. Students study PSHE every Thursday morning, period 1, in their tutor groups.
Students commence the first half term by learning about feelings and the importance of community. In the second Autumn term, students go onto explore how developing a sense of self and a personal identity is integral to building positive self-esteem and respect within their professional and personal relationships. In the new year, students explore how the body and brain changes during puberty. Students then begin to think about the future in the second Spring half term and are introduced to Unifrog, which is a platform designed to introduce future jobs, University courses and Apprenticeships. In the final term students gain an understanding of what human rights and British values are and finish the year by learning about how to prevent different types of bullying.
Students start the year by continuing to develop their knowledge of what can impact emotions. They then begin to develop an understanding of relationships and what helps establish happy and stable relationships. In the second term, students gain an understanding of how to take care of their bodies, where they will also learn basic first aid. After February half term, students begin their finance education and continue to use Unifrog to explore their futures. Students will look at loans, savings accounts and potential costs of higher education as part of this topic. Finally, in year 8 students spend a half term discussing hate crime and radicalisation and finish the year learning about staying safe and managing risks.
Students begin this year exploring mental health in more depth. After October half term, students start looking and learning about their GCSE options as well as future careers. In the second term, with the help of the science department, students gain an understanding of sexual health. Students will then begin to develop an understanding of the risks and impact of drug and alcohol abuse after February half term. In the final term, students begin to gain an understanding into metacognition and how to revise. They then have the opportunity to develop their understanding of healthy relationships with themselves and with others.
Students commence the year learning about bereavement and how to manage loss. Students then continue to develop their understanding of what qualities lead to healthy relationships. In the second term, students gain further knowledge on sexual health. After February half term, students go on to explore what to do when things go wrong. As part of this topic, students will look at debt, the risks of drugs, gangs, and knife crime. In the final term, students will learn about discrimination in the UK and how to prepare for their GCSEs.
In Year 11, the students start their first half term continuing to gain an understanding of happy and healthy relationships. They will then spend the second October half term learning about careers and employability skills. After the Christmas holidays, students gain further knowledge of sexual health, as well as basic first aid. Students then go on to develop their knowledge on coping with stress. Students finish the year learning about identity and self-esteem.
In ‘Ready for Success’ we begin with organisational strategies and personal resilience for successful college study. In ‘Keeping Well’, we review empowering strategies for wellbeing, first-aid and harm reduction, including substance use and misuse. Students will learn about different pathways to a fulfilling career in ‘What Next?’ and ‘World of Work’ will develop their future employability. ‘Brain Training’ includes lessons on brain function and development, neurodiversity and supporting mental health. We finish with ‘Gender’, which seeks to deepen understanding of the complexities and controversies around gender politics.
In ‘Money Matters’ we begin with strategies for financial decision making. In ‘Healthy Relationships’ we consider issues around trust, consent, and expectation in different types of personal relationships. Students will learn about flourishing in the years after college in ‘Post 18’. ‘Modern Britain’ seeks to deepen understanding of the complexities and controversies of Britishness, the experiences of minorities and the politics of discrimination. ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ reminds students how to care for themselves and each other in the lead up to exams.