CUrrent theme : respect
Our school vision emphasises the importance of students feeling safe, valued and respected. We will promote this though the theme of Respect this half term, and explore the idea of respect for others choices and celebrating the differences between us. We will highlight this with the recognition and celebration of Pride Week, and we will also focus on the very topical issue of sexual harassment in schools, and explore what is and is not appropriate behaviour.
PSHE EVENTS THIS TERM:
On Tuesday 11th May, the whole of year 7 took part in a virtual roadshow for PSHE commissioned by the Safer Basildon Community Safety Partnership. The first presentation in the Roadshow was delivered by Loudmouth and focused on serious youth violence – highlighting the risks of gangs and criminal exploitation with a focus on youth violence. The second session by Claire Bridger focused on healthy relationships – which aimed to highlight features of healthy/unhealthy relationships and talking to a trusted adult. The final session was by the 2 Johns, who presented on the topic of online safety – with emphasis on social media, grooming, and advice on how to manage theirs and others personal information including images.
The sessions were developed to provide young people with a versatile knowledge and awareness of these subjects to inform their choices, and provide advice and support on what to do if they have already been affected by or experienced these issues.
The sessions prompted a lot of thoughtful questions and comments from students, who were talking about the Roadshow long after it had ended. The students seemed to particularly enjoy the videos and some of the individual stories that were shared during the various presentations.
On Monday 21st June, the whole of year 7 are taking part in a virtual version of the Deadly Distraction show, performed and facilitated by The Riot Act, in collaboration with Safer Essex Roads Partnership. The show consists of a 20-minute video, followed by a 30-minute live workshop facilitated by the Riot Act via Zoom. This highly engaging event promotes key road safety messages to transitional Year 7 students and will:
➢ Raise awareness of the danger of roadside distractions from music, phones and friends.
➢ Help students to identify and cope with peer influence and peer pressure.
➢ Promote safe, responsible and positive behaviour amongst students on the home to school journey.
Year 9 completed 6 lessons examining the concept of Healthy Relationships. These lessons focused on issues such as gender stereotyping, consent, changing power in relationships, and examined the idea of early warning signs in unsafe situations, and weighing up levels of risk in various situations. The lessons prompted lots of discussions and questions from the students, and allowed for different views and opinions to be shared across each class.
Some comments from some of our students:
“I learnt that it is ok to say no even though your friends are doing it. If you feel uncomfortable then you should put yourself first, your wellbeing is more important that being unpopular or getting hurt.” Abbie
“I really liked the lessons and I liked that we could debate/discuss. I like learning about current issues that also affect me personally and the lessons were interesting and fun.” Nicole
“I learned a lot during these topics and respect that we are now talking about issues like that and educating ourselves to create an improved society.” Freya
“It was a good reminder in these lessons how it is morally right to be treated correctly. I learned a lot overall but I was saddened by the harsher side of the topic.” Natasha
“I found the lesson useful and easy to understand.” James
“I enjoyed the debating part of the lessons.” Ryan
“I am glad that we are educating people about consent to keep the community safer.” Brooke
“It’s good for this to be taught as this should be known.” Jessica
“The lessons were good and informative.” Sam
STATUTORY GUIDANCE FOR PSHE
The link below is to the governments statutory guidance for PSHE.
To embrace the challenges of creating a happy and successful adult life, pupils need knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships and to build their self-efficacy. Pupils can also put this knowledge into practice as they develop the capacity to make sound decisions when facing risks, challenges and complex contexts. Everyone faces difficult situations in their lives. PSHE can support young people to develop resilience, to know how and when to ask for help, and to know where to access support. To allow the school to meet statutory requirements on PSHE including RSE as set out by the DfE, and be able to explicitly demonstrate this through the work produced by the students within a variety of lessons. The lead teacher to work closely with colleagues in related curriculum areas to ensure the PSHE curriculum complements every other subject area, and to avoid duplication.
Maintain a high expectation and standard of the quality of student’s work for PSHE as within any other subject area.
Students see consistency within the PSHE curriculum and see how it applies to other subjects, making it more relevant to them and what they are studying.
Students see PSHE as an integrated part of the curriculum, rather than a ‘bolt-on’, and see how various aspects of their subject areas are relevant to their own lives.
PSHE is covered with each year group throughout the year, through every subject.
Work relating to PSHE can be seen, tracked and monitored, and although there is no requirement to formally assess PSHE, teachers can assess and demonstrate outcomes through written tasks and self-evaluations of students.
Whole school half termly themes allow for consistency across the school in PSHE experiences, and allows us as a school to promote various important key issues with students.