PHSE or Personal and Social Education looks at topics such as healthy lifestyles, risk, relationships, diversity, careers and economic understanding. It's part of our broader programme to cover spiritual, cultural, moral and social issues (SMSC). We constantly review our programme to update it and keep up with current trends and issues.

PHSE Roadmap (Click to enlarge).

Much of the work is delivered throughout the curriculum - for example sex education in Science lessons and work on topics such as euthanasia and abortion in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics, bank accounts and savings in Maths. We also run collapsed timetable days (known as crash days) throughout the year which involve a large number of outside speakers, performers and experts. Students are regularly invited to feedback on their experience on these days and the response has been overwhelmingly positive as they feel they enjoy the chance of spending a whole day focussed on topic, taking part in wide ranging discussions and activities.

Regular PSHE opportunities will be provided by:

  • Tutorials and assemblies, once a week.
  • Focusing on local issues, that affect our community.
  • Focusing on topical issues. We call this: ‘PSHE in the news’.
  • Communicating with parents (via our newsletter)
  • Visits from outside speakers and experts. We will alert parents in advance
  • Reading- the books pupils read are based on PSHE themes.

We are also working hard on our curriculum, to ensure it represents everyone in our community. We call this decolonization. We want pupils to hear diverse voices and to feel represented whatever their beliefs, identity or background is.

RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) at Heathfield

It is important to us to create time and space at Heathfield to discuss RSE. We had planned to do a whole day of work with year 11, back in March. However, staff and pupils absences made this impossible. Time has been in short supply for year 11, but we were able to spend a session looking at relationships and signposting where help is available once they leave school. A selection of some of the resources we use in school (with pupils from year 7-11) are listed below.

Ace Your Exams
Good Relationship Cards

Peer-on-peer action research 2.11.21

Peer-on-peer abuse is a national issue in schools. It has been identified by the government and OFSTED, as a priority. It is something we are determined to tackle at Heathfield.

Part of tackling this issue is understanding young people’s perceptions and their experiences. We have therefore surveyed every pupil in our school. We haven’t forewarned them, as we wanted an accurate measure of their views. It wouldn’t be surprising if pupils had some questions. Therefore, we are sharing the video and power point that was used in this session and the survey pupils completed. Once collated, we will share the results. In the meantime, should you have any questions, then please get in touch with your child’s tutor.





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