PSHEE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education)
At ACS the many issues that are within the PSHEE framework are covered in a variety of ways. In lessons, on special days called ELD’s and with speakers that are invited in for special assemblies and workshops.
Approaches to Teaching and Learning in PSHEE
Throughout Years 7-13 it is the aim to enable every student to develop into a healthy, well rounded and responsible adults. This is done through a wide range of active learning styles. PSHEE lessons encourage every student to participate fully and discuss, reflect on and from their own opinions and views. The schemes of work have been structured in order to facilitate our aims in reaching the whole child, use the material to stimulate discussion and allow for pupil participation. Each unit allows for a range of tasks and variety of learning styles. In addition to using books, we use resources that are carefully selected to suit the year group. We are also keen for students to learn more about current affairs and allows them to research into certain areas. Students cover all aspects of PSHEE through written work, research tasks and discussions. Engaging, inclusive approaches are used in all lessons to enable students to enjoy and achieve in PSHEE. Teachers are very passionate about PSHEE and this enthusiasm enhances the interest of our students. At the beginning of the year each class devises a set of Ground rules that they all agree to follow.
In lesson: Every Friday for 30 minutes the form tutor will lead sessions that are carefully designed to be age appropriate.
Issues and area discussed in PSHEE lessons depending on year group include:
Transisition and making friends, personal safety including and Q and A session with our community support Policeman, personal growth and changes, healthy lifestyles, self-esteem and confidence, first aid, drugs, alcohol and tobacco and making choices, financial capability, revision and time management, careers and aspirations, emotions, feeling and relationships, conception and contraception, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Domestic violence (DV), Child Sex Exploitation (CSE)
Throughout the year speakers are invited in to speak with our students in assemblies and special days. Last year we hosted Aneeta Prem, founder of Freedom Charity working against forced marriage and Secretary of State Nicky Morgan. This year we were also one of the few lucky schools to receive the Dove Self-esteem sessions for year 8 and 9 students. We have also arranged for a speaker to share his personal story regarding testicular cancer – this is part of our wider awareness for cancer week 19th to 23rd October.