Department Background

What is PSHE? PSHE education is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives. As part of a whole school approach, PSHE develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. What is Citizenship? Citizenship is learning about being and practising being, an active citizen, for example; rights and responsibilities, campaigning and conflict resolution. It enables young people to leave school or college with an understanding of the political, legal and economic functions of adult society, and with the social and moral awareness to thrive in it. What is PDC? Personal Development combines both of these areas into one and is split into three main areas, health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider World. PDC is important as it enables our young people to:

  • Individually develop
  • Increased their knowledge & awareness
  • Appreciate diversity
  • Prepare them for the outside world

Below is an outline of what the Latymer pupils do in their PDC lessons each year. Personal development however is not only limited to only those allocated lessons, it can be seen in lessons across the curriculum as well as during form times and whole school, key stage and year assemblies.

Year 7

In year 7, pupils will be taught the following modules:

1. What is PDC and helping with transition

  • What is PDC?
  • Managing Transition
  • Transition from Primary to Secondary
  • Transition and Emotional Wellbeing
  • Respect and Manners

2. Safety and Bullying

  • Being Safe and my journey to school
  • E-safety
  • SHARPs
  • What is bullying
  • Cyberbullying
  • Solutions to bullying
  • Peer pressure

3. Introduction to citizenship and human rights

  • What is citizenship
  • UN and human rights
  • Active citizens

4. Mental Health and Self Esteem

  • EQ v IQ
  • Mental health illnesses
  • Positive wellbeing
  • Mindfulness/ meditation?
  • Peer pressure and perfectionism
  • Managing feelings

5. Diversity and Respect

  • Diversity
  • Migration
  • Prejudice and Stereotyping
  • Being the Minority
  • Disability
  • Attitudes towards Disability
  • Attitudes Towards LGBT
  • Homophobia

The following websites could be used in order to understand some of the content in which the students will be covering in their lessons, as well as enable conversations to continue at home:

Year 8

In year 8, pupils will be taught the following modules (further information will be added as modules develop):

1. Healthy living

  • Health and Hygiene
  • The Effects of Smoking
  • Smoking and Smoking Related Diseases
  • The Effects of Alcohol
  • Drugs and Alcohol Awareness
  • Drugs
  • Recreational Drugs

2. Citizenship- Body Image and the Media

  • Role of the media
  • Media bias
  • The impact of the media on body image
  • Unattainable beauty and the consequences
  • Portraying a positive body image
  • Media Reporting of Less Economically developed countries?
  • Advertising and Marketing?
  • Using media to help campaign for a cause?

3. Stress

  • What is stress, who is susceptible and what can causes it
  • Individual stress plans and coping strategies
  • Positive and negative responses to stress
  • Personal image and stress
  • Managing loss and bereavement
  • Impact of separation and divorce

The following websites could be used in order to understand some of the content in which the students will be covering in their lessons, as well as enable conversations to continue at home:

Year 9

In year 9, pupils will be taught the following modules (further information will be added as modules develop):

1. First Aid

Emergency aid:

  • Prioritising and getting assistance
  • CPR and recovery position
  • Bereavement Bandaging & immobilisation:
  • Sprains and fractures
  • Burns and bleeding At the end of these sessions students have the opportunity to gain a HSE approved
    Emergency First Aid certificate??

2. Drugs

  • Types and their effects
  • The legal debate and position
  • Alcohol and smoking
  • Where to go for advice

3. Relationships and sex education

  • Healthy relationships -Contraception (types, personal responsibility, legal aspects)
  • Where to go for advice
  • FGM Exploration of the facts and issues of:
  • HIV/Aids
  • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Public and media attitudes
  • Personal responsibility
  • Sexuality & prejudice

The following websites could be used in order to understand some of the content in which the students will be covering in their lessons, as well as enable conversations to continue at home:

Year 10 - 11

In years 10 and 11, pupils will be taught the following modules. They will be delivered during year assemblies, form times and during certain enrichment days across the school year. There will also be some guest speakers coming into the school to discuss more sensitive subjects.

  • Mental health issues
  • Bereavement (Samaritans)
  • Benefits and risks of lifestyle choices (Amy Winehouse Foundation and Evaluate)
  • Sexuality and orientation
  • M.U.N (Modern United Nations)
  • E-Safety
  • Parenting skills
  • Positive relationships and organisations that support relationships in crisis
  • Consent http://therapproject.co.uk/
  • Economic and business environment
  • How personal financial choices can affect oneself and others
  • How to make informed choices and be enterprising and ambitious
  • Managing a budget
  • Rule of Law
  • Democracy
  • Bar Mock Trial Competition http://www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk/main/page.php?435
  • E-Safety
  • Extremism and Radicalisation http://jantrust.org/

Additional Links

We include the following themes through-out the key stages by using form time as well as delivery of assemblies.

• Disabilities and being a carer:

• Cancer

• Overcoming discrimination

• Learning Disabilities

• Child Abuse