PSHE

Department Ethos

The PSHE curriculum at Bishop Perowne is designed to ensure that all students ‘develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy, safe and prepared for life and work in modern Britain’ (PSHE Association).

PSHE is taught as part of the PSRE curriculum to all students from Year 7-11. Students receive 3 half terms of PSHE each academic year. The topics are taught in a spiral curriculum meaning that students will revisit the same topic areas each year but will study issues of relationships, sex, health and economic (‘living in the wider world’) education from different angles and in greater depth as they progress through school. PSHE is not examined at the end of Year 11.

Year 7

Students are taught an introduction to each of the three main strands of PSHE – Relationships Education, Health Education and ‘Living in the Wider World’. Bishop Perowne is a member of the PSHE Association, we use a range of accredited resources to ensure high quality PSHE is delivered to all of our students. Students are assessed through a variety of methods including quizzes, written tasks and self-assessment.

Topics Studied

Relationships Education: characteristics of healthy friendships; respect; bullying and the responsibilities of bystanders; how to talk about emotions using accurate and sensitive language.

Health Education: Puberty; personal hygiene; unwanted contact and FGM; healthy routines – healthy diet and exercise; influences on health; importance of good dental hygiene; risky behaviour – smoking.

Living in the Wider World: Diversity and prejudice – how stereotypes can cause damage; British Values.

Year 8

Students continue their study of the three key strands of PSHE building on the knowledge and skills that they have used in Year 7. Students begin their study of Relationships and Sex education. Students are assessed through a variety of methods including quizzes, written tasks and self-assessment.

Topics Studied

Relationships and Sex Education: Gender Identity and sexual orientation; consent; sexting and the impact of viewing harmful content online; How to identify harmful behaviour online, how to report and find support. Healthy intimate relationships; an introduction to contraception (hormonal and barrier methods); Expect Respect.

Health Education: Medicinal and recreational drugs; The law on drugs; Over-consumption of energy drinks; relationships between habit and dependence; How to assess the risks of alcohol, tobacco, nicotine and e-cigarettes; How to manage influences in relation to substance misuse; First Aid; Mental Health Education; importance of sleep.

Living in the Wider World: Types of work; Financial security and financial risk.

Year 9

In year 9 students continue their study of Relationships, Sex and Health Education building on the knowledge and skills that they have developed in Years 7 and 8. Students are assessed through a variety of methods including quizzes, written tasks and self-assessment.

Topics Studied

Relationships and Sex Education: Families and parenting; conflict resolution; Expect Respect; marriage, cohabitation and long-term relationships; healthy intimate relationships; consent; contraception; STIs – effective use of condoms including condom demonstrations; the impact of pornography on relationships; how to assess and manage the risks of sending, sharing or passing on sexual images. Gang exploitation; legal and physical risks of carrying a knife; healthy and unhealthy friendships; assertiveness.

Health Education: Substance misuse; diet, exercise, lifestyle balance – relationship between physical and mental health; balancing work, leisure, exercise and sleep. Healthy Choices – how to make informed healthy eating choices and how to manage influences on body image. First Aid – how to administer CPR; the purpose of defibrillators.

Year 10

In Year 10 students continue their study of the three strands of PSHE education building on the knowledge and skills that they have developed in key stage three. Students are also taught about their role in society and how to be responsible citizens. Students are assessed through a variety of methods including quizzes, written tasks and self-assessment.

Topics Studied

Relationships and Sex Education: Relationship values; myths, assumptions, misconceptions and social norms regarding sex, gender and relationships; opportunities and risks of online relationships; how to manage the impact of the media and pornography on sexual attitudes, expectations and behaviours; consent –how to recognise and respond to pressure, coercion and exploitation – including how to report and access appropriate support; how to recognise and challenge victim blaming; asexuality, abstinence and celibacy; Expect Respect.

Health Education: Mental Health and Wellbeing; strategies to promote mental health and emotional wellbeing; Portrayal of mental health in the media, how to challenge stereotypes, stigma and misinformation; Early symptoms of anxiety and depression and how to access support. Emergency first aid skills; how to assess and manage risk and safety in new independent situations.

Living in the Wider World: The importance of community; Equality Act – diversity and values; how to safely challenge discrimination, including online; how to recognise and respond to extremism and radicalisation; drugs, gangs and crime; exit strategies for pressurised or dangerous situations.

Year 11

In Year 11 the curriculum is designed to cover areas of Relationships and Health education that will be most relevant to students as they prepare to leave school and in adulthood. Students are assessed through a variety of methods including quizzes, written tasks and self-assessment.

Topics Studied

Relationships and Sex Education: Relationship abuse and how to seek support; How to communicate assertively; how to handle unwanted attention/challenge harassment and stalking including online; assessing positive parenting qualities; fertility; the menopause; pregnancy, birth and miscarriage; unplanned pregnancy options; Honour based violence and forced marriage – how to safely access support; unregistered religious ceremonies – legal impacts.

Health Education: Motivation, perseverance and resilience – how to prepare for exams; How to maintain a healthy self-image; stress management techniques including maintaining healthy sleep habits; How to balance time online; How to manage change, loss, grief and bereavement; personal safety refresher/first aid refresher; importance of screening and how to perform self-examination; how to register with and access health services; how to manage influences and risks relating to cosmetic and aesthetic body alterations; blood, organ and stem cell donation.

Our Staff

Miss C Alexander

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Miss H Branfield

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Mr A Brown

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Mrs K Day

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Mrs G Dorsett

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Miss R Elmes

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Mrs K Griffiths

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Mr S Hewson

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Mrs H Horovitz

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Mr B Lewis

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Miss S McGahey

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Mrs N McLean

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Mrs J Pearson

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Mr J Preece

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Mrs J Santese

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Miss K Spink

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Mr R Stanley

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