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 adult. This is done through a wide range of active learning styles. PSHEE lessons encourage every student to participate fully and discuss, reflect on and form 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. 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: Throughout the week one form time session will be PSHEE focused.

Issues and area discussed in PSHEE lessons depending on year group include:

Transition and making friends, personal safety, 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, feelings and relationships, conception and contraception, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Domestic violence (DV), Child Sex Exploitation (CSE)

Throughout the year speakers are invited in to meet our students in assemblies and on special days. Foreample, Aneeta Prem, founder of Freedom Charity working against forced marriage met 5 year groups in one day and each student received a copy of her first published book “It’s Not Fair” as well her recently published follow up book “Cut Flowers”. Regarding the theme of health and wellbeing ACS also hosted Andrew Bernard a successful businessman who shared his story of testicular cancer survival.

Dates for your diary

Thursday 11th October 2018 – Extended Learning Day 
Focus on Finances, Wellbeing and Enterprise

Year 7 will be taking part in the Soap Box Challenge day. Year 7 will be on site with the science team creating soap and putting their enterprise skills to the test. Year 7 students will need to wear full school uniform for the day.
Year 8 – Wellbeing and the Environment.
Year 9 – will be taking part in a variety of life skills workshops from self defence to standing up to discrimination. Students in year 9 will need to wear full PE kit for the day.
Year 10 – will be undertaking the intensive Stock market Challenge. Working with ‘Innovative Enterprise’ this day comprises of strong team work and financial skills to turn stocks and shares into a fortune.(well that’s the hope!)
Year 11 – TBC
Year 12 – Safeguarding
Year 13 – UCAS preparation

Thursday 15th November
YLYC – Your Life, You Choose drop down day for Year 7 only

A carousel of activities that all focuses on actions and consequences. With a range of visitors leading workshops from paramedics, to court employees and the prison service wardens, this day will be an eye opener for the year 7 year group. Full school uniform required.

Thursday 20th December 2018 – Extended Learning Day
House Day competitions

With our newly branded and launched House teams the Heads of House will be leading an exciting day of challenges. More information to follow.