What happens at school affects children’s home lives. Conversely, what happens at home which people may think is private and beyond the school’s influence is often something that can affect our children’s performance in school.
This is why we have a continual review process of our PSHE programme. Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education is our way of providing the life skills and awareness of the trials, challenges and dangers of life beyond the school gate. The programme is constantly assessed to ensure it is relevant to what is happening in the local area and it is vital that we can be pro-active in giving pupils information about avoiding potential problems in real life. These topics include alcohol, drugs, bullying and physical violence, the dangers of the internet as well as initiating formal thoughts on things such as a healthy lifestyle and eating, careers advice, organisation of finances and expectations of being part of a local, national or global community.
The PSHE programme, which we will be posting an outline of onto the website in the next few weeks, is a preventative programme to make students aware of the right way to think and act when confronted with real world problems or decisions, however it cannot help to solve every dilemma. That is why in school the PSHE programme is backed up by pastoral care from our Form Tutors who make connections with the students in their care. Form Tutors are the first port of call for a student who has ANY concerns. Tutors can often solve a problem by talking it through with a student or occasionally they may recommend further guidance that can be given by Heads of Year or Heads of Key Stage. We also have trained guidance counsellors who are available to speak to pupils who are in need of immediate specialist help or more regular support. Beyond the school we also have links with numerous professional accredited bodies where we can provide referral for many types of expert help. Finally one last avenue of communication that comes directly and only to me is email@example.com. This is open to everyone for any questions or concerns they may have regarding these sorts of issues and if you want to remain anonymous that is completely fine.
By offering this measured and structured support programme, we hope to develop students that can make informed choices and who are resilient in facing the challenges that life inevitably presents us with at some stage. By doing this we are building a strong community that is responsible and healthy, whether in school or at home.
- Chris Share, Head of Secondary