Personal, Social and Health Education

Throughout their time at William de Ferrers School students will have PSHE once a fortnight.  Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education is a subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.

These skills and attributes help pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain.  When taught well, PSHE education helps pupils to achieve their academic potential, and leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life.  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.

Our PSHE curriculum for the current academic year is below however this is subject to change for external speakers coming in for a wide range of topics, as well as key issues that staff may feel need challenging throughout the academic year. 

Please follow this link to the activities we will cover during the academic year 2019-20.

Please follow the highlighted links to websites and other information. 

Year 7

Self - -

Live about have produced a number of highly valuable resources in order to support parents and schools to identify signs of low self-esteem and issues that may occur within friendship groups. Within the website there are numerous blogs to support students in understanding how to form and maintain new friendships groups which is important during the early stages of secondary school and throughout.

British Values - Newsround (What does it mean to be British?) -

Life in modern Britain formulates a key role in the school curriculum in order to help our students understand the challenges and issues within the United Kingdom. Newsround have produced additional resources to aid students across the country in order to support their understanding of such key topics that will impact them on a day to day basis.

E-safety - Safety Net Kids -

Safety Net Kids updates regularly information regarding e-safety to support our students in the best ways in which they can keep safe when interacting with the internet and mobile apps that many young students will be using. Amongst the top tips for e-safety information can also be found on how to stay safe out and about in the community and their wellbeing - of which both play a key role in students PSHE curriculum across all year groups.

Year 8

Positive self-esteem and the media - Dove Self-Esteem -

The Dove self-esteem project has been running for a number of years now, with the core aim to be to compact self-esteem issues amongst young individuals. This formulates a key part of year 8 PSHE to help students tackle issues around body image and how pictures that we see in mainstream publications and online are often edited in order to make the ‘perfect’ image. 

Rights and Freedoms - Human Rights - 

During year 8 PSHE students will begin to look and rights and freedoms both here in the UK and overseas. The promotion of equality and diversity is important to our students to ensure they have an awareness of such issues within both the UK and further afield. Equality post a regular blog on issues that are arising, which will help to spark debate amongst student groups.

Drugs Awareness - Talk to Frank -

Talk to Frank provides an invaluable resource to support both drug and alcohol education and increase awareness of the symptoms of addiction as well as the dangerous nature of the consumption of drugs and alcohol. The drugs taken in society are constantly changing, and talk to Frank will always have the most up to date information to support both parental and student awareness of these.

Year 9 

Understanding Mental Health - Mind - 

Assisting students to understand mental health and the different areas within this broad topic is key within the end of KS3 and the KS4 curriculum. Mind provide information of where support is available to individuals who may be struggling with their mental health, but also lots of information to assist parents and students in understanding what can sometimes be a real complex area. 

Financial Education - EconoME -

EconoMe assists our students to gain a greater understanding of their role within the UK economy and the decisions in which they might find themselves making when it comes to spending and saving and how to be an active member within the economy. The Bank of England provide a vast array of resources to enable students to gain a much deeper understanding of these key topics. 

Discrimination and Stereotypes - HopenotHate -

Hope not Hate is a charitable organisation who deliver important messages about discrimination within society today. Students will be taught how we can challenge such issues within the UK and overcome discrimination. Hope not Hate regularly update their website with recent cases of discrimination, which can be used to spark discussion amongst the Students. 

Year 10

Gang Awareness - NSPCC

Gang culture manifests itself in different ways, and it is important to us to support our young students in making positive choices to stay away from the pressures of gangs. During year 10 students will be introduced to issues around gangs and unsafe social groups, which will be developed in year 11 to enable them to understand issues that could arise within gangs such as knife crime. 

Sex and Relationships Education - NHS -

Sex and Relationships education will be playing a much more in depth role within the PSHE curriculum from 2020, and it is important students are made aware of key issues surrounding sexual health and enabling them to make the right decisions and informed decisions in this area. The NHS website provides assistance and further information on a number of the topics students will cover within their lessons. 

Mock Interview Preparations - National Careers Service -
The National Careers Service gives you job profiles for a wide range of careers options students might be interested in. Information is also provided on where to look for vacancies, what to include on your CV and how to write cover letters. Students can also complete a skills check which will link their skills, interests and motivations to potential careers. Advisors can be contacted seven days a week between 8am-10pm on 0800 100 900 to discuss career options.

Year 11

Apprenticeships - AIM Apprenticeships -
AIM Apprenticeships present to our students in year 11 opportunities to open their minds to their options regarding apprenticeships.  AIM Apprenticeships is a UK-based vacancy platform for 16-24 year olds to find, search and apply for national apprenticeship vacancies.  Their aim is simple, to help school leavers forge their careers and start their first jobs through apprenticeships.
Road Safety - Safer Essex Partnership -

Students will watch a drama performance based around road safety to equip them to make positive decisions as they begin to get older both as pedestrians and passengers/drivers of cars. Key issues are tackled in this area throughout year 11 so that students understand their rights and responsibilities to ensure safe road use for all.

Knife Crime - Home Office -

It is important our students understand the issues associated with knife crime, both here in Essex and the much wider national scale. The home office aims to educate all young individuals on the dangers and consequences of carrying a knife and/or using a knife in society to help young people make positive choices. 


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