Welcome to PSHE and Citizenship. We aim to deliver a program that helps students develop their personal and social skills, explore their future career options, and gain the skills to be able to find out all about the world around them, locally, nationally and internationally.
In year 7 students begin with a ‘getting to know you’ unit, and then move on to consider issues around identity. They find out about puberty and life changes, and begin to find out about healthy lifestyles, including the dangers of alcohol and smoking.
In year 8, the students consider issues of personal wellbeing and safety. They then begin to think about their future careers options, and gain some insight into choosing their options for Year 9. They also find out about the effects and uses of alcohol and the dangers of cannabis. In the final unit, students look at healthy lifestyles.
In Year 9, the students study citizenship topics for the first two terms, focusing on democracy, liberty, the law and on understanding the economy. In the final term they return to PSHE topics, studying body image and mental health issues. They also do a unit on careers, helping them to begin to think about Year 10 work experience.
In year 10, students begin with an extensive programme of Sex and Relationships education, exploring attraction, peer pressure, contraception, and communication and many other related issues. After this, they complete a set of careers-based activities, focused around the National Careers Service website. They also study a unit on drugs and substance misuse.
In year 11 students begin by meeting former QE students, who share their experiences of choosing A levels and university. They also complete a unit of work on illegal drugs and their dangers. The students discuss issues surrounding Sex and Relationships, including more controversial topics such as sexual assault, the dangers of promiscuity and issues surrounding sexuality and gender.