PSHCE

 MG 0439a

Staff Contact Details

Mrs S Ruddy

sruddy@herschel.slough.sch.uk

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What is PSHCE?



PSHCE stands for Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic education - bit of a mouthful, eh?





We combine elements of PSHE and Citizenship at Herschel to give you a balanced and rounded enrichment curriculum.



It's about making you ready to face the demands of the world outside school and covers things like:



  • relationships

  • sex education

  • managing your money

  • knowing where to get help

  • standing up for your rights

  • bullying and peer pressure

  • drugs awareness



At Herschel, we take PSHCE very seriously and believe it is vital preparation for your future - you don't learn everything you need in subjects like Maths and Science (or even Geography!)





So what is Citizenship then?



Citizenship is all about preparing you to be an aware, responsible citizen both now and in the future.





It's all about developing self-confidence, but also socially and morally responsible behaviour towards all groups of people.



It's all about becoming helpfully involved in your community, both inside and outside school.



It's all about the way our country works and those crucial elements of our lives such as the government, the police, the law. 



It's about preparing you for the responsibility of voting in our democracy.



You will develop skills of enquiry, communication, participation and responsible action through learning about these things. 





When will you learn PSHCE?



At Herschel, PSHCE is taught in three ways:



within normal lessons

in PSHCE lessons with your tutor and form time

in PSHCE modules, covering topics like globalisation, politics and the government, identities and diversity



....plus of course all the Citizenship-related things that YOU do yourself, in school and out of school



You will record evidence of these activities in your Citizenship portfolios in form time





What will you learn?



For 2014-15, the following topics are covered.


In Year 7

  • Government and politics - political parties, the UK voting system, to vote or not to vote
  • Thinking skills
  • Drugs - smoking, alcohol
  • Sex and relationships - good relationships, coping with puberty, how sex works
  • Health
  • Tutor PSHCE lessons on friendship, risk taking, jobs and heroes.

In Year 8

  • Public speaking - debating key topical issues
  • Sex and relationships - characteristics of a perfect partner, how you know when you are ready, contraception
  • Identity and diversity - racism, stereotyping,
  • Taking responsible action - putting together a project that could change our communities for the better
  • Financial capability
  • Tutor PSHCE lessons on disabilities, bullying and careers.

In Year 9

  • First aid - a practical course geared towards saving lives
  • Drugs - types of drugs, understanding the risks
  • Careers - pathways after Year 9, choosing options, researching your future,
  • Financial capability - bank accounts, designing and costing out a fundraising stall
  • Sex and relationships - sexually transmitted infections, teen pregnancy
  • Tutor PSHCE lessons on positive relationships, safety, bullying and knife crime.

In Year 10

  • Health Related to Genetics-debate genetic testing and learn about genetic disorders, including a visit by a local genetics counsellor
  • Global Citizenship - the pros and cons of globalisation and the trading game
  • Business and enterprise - producing a new product and campaign in a nation wide competition
  • Community cohesion - including a visit from local community group Aik Saath
  • European awareness - including a visit from a local MEP
  • Tutor PSHCE lessons on teenage cancer, homelessness, domestic violence and exam preparation.

In Year 11

  • Careers - pathways after Year 11, apprenticeships, transferable skills, work experience preparation
  • Work related learning - writing a CV, interview skills, understanding labour market information
  • Study skills - how to skim read, how to revise
  • Drugs awareness - inlcuding a visit from former drug addict Shaun Attwood
  • Tutor PSHCE lessons on careers, exam preparation, and work experience

In Year 12

  • Coping with sixth form - team building, managing relationships, study skills and staying safe
  • Preparation for driving - including a visit to the award winning Safe Drive, Stay Alive theatre event and session with Slough's road safety officer
  • Philosophy and ethics - debate centred around 'Touching the Void'
  • Public speaking - techniques for getting yourself heard!
  • UCAS - kick starting the UCAS process, researching options, completing the UCAS form
  • Tutor PSHCE lessons on preparation for voting, world development game, writing personal statements and The Big Debate

In Year 13

  • UCAS and student finance
  • Drugs education
  • Coping with university - surviving the first week, accommodation and travel, basic cooking, budgeting
  • Tackling Extremism-series of videos and talks from the Prevent Team of the Thames Valley Police Department and a debate on protesting
  • Tutor PSHCE lessons on preparation for voting, The Big Debate and finance decisions
  • Tackling Extremism-series of videos and talks from the Prevent Team of the Thames Valley Police Department and a debate on protesting
  • Tutor PSHCE lessons on preparation for voting, The Big Debate and finance decisions

Citizenship Club



Citizenship Club meets every Friday lunchtime in G7 - we have members in the lower school and in the sixth form, so all are welcome, and you can bring your lunch along. 



We debate key topics of the moment, take part in national online debates, take direct action in support of Amnesty International campaigns (we are affiliated to that organisation) and sponsor a young girl in Ghana. 



 

Citizenship websites:

 
Newsround - click here for an up to the minute review of the main stories in the UK and around the world

 

 
What does it mean to be a citizen?  Click the link to Citizen X above to find out - lots of games and activities!

Click the link above to find out more about the UK government and parliament.

PSHCE related school policies

Click HERE to read the current school PSHCE policy, the current school policy on sex and relationship education, the current school policy on drugs education, and the current school policy on community cohesion.

 
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