PHSE / Life Studies

Welcome

“PSHE – a curriculum for life”

At KS3 students are taught PSHE/Life Studies as part of fortnightly Health & Wellbeing lessons. KS4 are taught Life Studies lessons once per fortnight by the tutor team. This includes a tailored Relationship and Sex education programme taught by DCHS teachers and community@NE66. In addition to this topics around PSHE will be covered in form time, through assemblies and in workshops. This will give them the knowledge and skills to make informed and healthy choices; to build their confidence and decision making skills when dealing with situations they may encounter; helping them to stay safe and know where and how to ask for help if needed.

Key Stage 3

At year 7 topics covered include:

Healthy Lifestyles – Healthy eating, tooth decay, mental health, exercise, alcohol and smoking.

Personal Skills – Positivity and resilience.

Sex Education – Puberty, periods and safe relationships.

Healthy Relationships – Respect, kindness, friendships and peer pressure.


At year 8 topics covered include:

Healthy Lifestyles – Diet, alcohol, smoking, e-cigarettes, exercise, mental health and sleep.

Personal Skills – Aiming high and aspirations.

Sex Education – Delivered by Community@NE66. Covering Consent, healthy relationships, safe choices and peer pressure.

Healthy Relationships – Safe relationships, respect, friendships and peer pressure.

Money – Food banks and budgeting.


At year 9 topics covered include:

Healthy Lifestyles – Mental health, diet, smoking, alcohol, drugs and legal highs.

Safe Relationships – Positive relationships, consent, grooming, peer pressure and harassment.

Sex Education – Delivered by Community@NE66. Covering Consent, healthy relationships, safe choices and peer pressure.

Body Image – Social media, online stress.

Personal Skills – Aiming high, strengths and weaknesses.

Money Matters – Budgeting, saving and online gambling.


Students will also be taking part in a range of national events and initiatives throughout the year such as; Mental Health Week, Anti-Bullying Week, Show Racism the Red Card, Children in Need, Northumberland Pride, BNF Healthy Eating Week, Safer Internet Day and Refugee Week.

Key Stage 4

During year 10 topics covered include:

Homework, Attendance, British Values- tolerance and respect.

Moral and Spiritual topics which may include- Prejudice, discrimination, equality, sexism, euthanasia, abortion, capital punishment, afterlife, animal testing, war, age of responsibility

Sex Education-Delivered by Community@NE66. Including HIV/ Aids, Parenting, Sexuality and Consent.

Healthy Relationships- staying safe online, self esteem and relationships and negotiations skills.

During year 11 topics covered include:

Target setting, team building, the impacts of alcohol, drugs, substance mis-use and addiction, qualifications, the changing job market, money matters, application forms and C.V’s, revision techniques, dealing with exam stress and anxiety and the criminal justice system.

Sex Education- contraception, pregnancy, STI’s and accessing sexual health services

Healthy Relationships- Raising awareness of Child sexual exploitation and relationship abuse and keeping yourself safe.


Students will also take part in activities linked to national initiatives such as Mental Health Week, Black History Month, Anti-Bullying Week, Safer Internet Day, Healthy Eating Week, Northumberland Pride and Restart the Heart Day.

Key Stage 5

PSHE themes are covered in sixth form tutor time and assemblies. They also cover the national initiatives and events in line with the rest of the school such as Mental Health Week, Black History Month, Anti-Bullying Week, Safer Internet Day, Healthy Eating Week, Northumberland Pride and Restart the Heart Day.

Assessment

Pupils work is assessed following the DCHS marking policy. Pupils emotional and personal wellbeing is monitored throughout and lessons are then tailored to meet individual pupils needs.

Careers Links

Pupils in KS3 and KS4 focus on careers fortnightly in tutor time allowing them to build a portfolio of evidence and helping them develop essential skills to prepare them for life beyond the classroom. This includes them using our online careers portal- UNIFROG.

In Health and Wellbeing and Life Studies lessons pupils are taught many essential skills such as resilience, team work, interview preparation and money sense which will help prepare them for their next steps in their future career journey.

Subject Staff

KS3 PSHE Coordinator – Mrs R. Makamure

Health and Wellbeing Teachers

Mrs R. Makamure

Mrs L. Brown

Mrs R. Millburn

Mrs L. Millburn

Mrs N. Bettaney

Mrs D. Murphy


KS4 PSHE Coordinator – Mrs J. Patten

Year 10 Tutor Team

Year 11 Tutor Team