PSHCEe incorporates the study of Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education with Citizenship. Students are allocated 2 hours per fortnight to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to keep themselves safe and healthy; in preparation for life and work in modern Britain. Skills and attributes such as team working, critical thinking, risk management and self-esteem form an integral part of the lessons.
Year 7: Students focus on the PSHE strands of: Health and Wellbeing, and Living in the Wider World. Citizenship is embedded within the units (indicated * below).
Transition and careers education
Students are given the opportunity to explore what they would like to do as a career in the future, and how being a student at UWS can help them on that journey.
Students start exploring the difference between needs and wants, and the importance of budgeting.
Students examine the different materials that can be recycled, as well as the benefits of recycling (including environmental and economic). Students work in groups to create their own eco-friendly cities.
The negative effects of smoking*
Students look at the negative health and financial effects of smoking cigarettes, as well as the UK law around the purchase and use of cigarettes.
This unit looks at the effects of puberty in young people, with a focus on menstruation within teenage girls.
Year 8: Students focus on the PSHE strands of: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships as well as Living in the Wider World. Citizenship is embedded within the units (indicated * below).
Students use the National Careers Service website to research jobs, and qualifications required for the job. Students are also given the opportunity to create their own CVs, before preparing a presentation on their future career ambitions.
The negative effects of alcohol and VSA*
Students look at the health and financial effects (of excess alcohol consumption) on the body. Students examine short term as well as long term effects, in addition to the laws around the purchase and consumption of alcohol. This unit also looks at Volatile Substance Abuse: what it is, and the dangers of it.
Students examine the cost of living as well as the different forms of payment accepted in the UK. The dangers of excess spending are examined through the story ‘The price of fame’.
Students are given the opportunity to examine different types of relationships (primary and secondary), and explore what attributes are important in a future partner. Students also begin to explore self-esteem and tips to improve it, before finishing the unit by looking at unrealistic media expectations (through the use of photo shop).
Human Rights *
Students look at the list of human rights, and discuss the importance of them. They look at the abuse of human rights in Afghanistan, and watch the film ‘The Kite Runner’ to determine how human rights have been (and continue to be) broken in other areas of the world.
Year 9: Students focus on the PSHE strands of: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships as well as Living in the Wider World. Citizenship is embedded within the units (indicated * below).
This unit allows students to think about their KS4 option choices, and the subjects that would help them progress in their chosen career path. Students are also given the opportunity to examine further education options (both vocational and non-vocational).
This unit focuses on the different categories of drugs (Class A, B and C), and the effects of these drugs on the body.
Exploring British Values*
This unit looks at the British Values of democracy, rule of law, tolerance, individual liberty, tolerance and mutual respect, as well as the dangers of radicalisation and the pyramid of hate.
Students look at the emotional and biological aspects of sex as well as the risks with unprotected sex. Students then learn about the different types of contraception and how they can be used, as well as STIs such as Chlamydia, Gonhorrea and HIV + Aids. Students also look at the consequences of sexting as well as homophobia.
Year 10 & 11
Deep learning days covering:
- Domestic abuse,
- Grooming and
Careers week in Year 10
KS3: Set regularly and as appropriate.