PSHE (Life Skills and Wellbeing)
Life Skills and Wellbeing (PSHE)
Black Lives Matter
The tutor time activity for all Blenheim students during week commencing 15th June 2020 involves accessing a presentation focusing on the tragic death of George Floyd in America on 25thMay 2020. This abhorrent act has reignited the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement and caused many to come together in towns and cities across the USA and the world. The British values of tolerance, mutual respect, the rule of law, liberty and democracy are central to life at Blenheim. It is one of the reasons why the Union flag flies outside Blenheim every day next to our Blenheim flag. Racism, and any other type of discrimination, have no place in our community.
Colleagues have created a PowerPoint presentation to help understand some of the issues concerning George Floyd’s death and the resultant social unrest which, unfortunately, has also occurred in the midst of a global pandemic. There may be parts of the presentation that are disturbing and uncomfortable. This is a perfectly normal response and should remind us all of the gravity of this most recent tragic incident and of the underlying racism that has informed it.
Embedded throughout the presentation, in each slide, is audio commentary which should be accessed to help with context. The content on slide 13 of the PowerPoint is streamed from YouTube, which cannot be accessed from students’ iPads, only non-Blenheim devices. I hope you are able to make arrangements for this clip to be accessed. There are some additional materials and video links to ‘read, listen and watch’ at the end of the PowerPoint which, technically, are aimed at students in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 due to the age rating of the material. Parent consultation is therefore advised.
Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education
What is PSHE Education?
“PSHE education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain.”
“Evidence shows that well-delivered PSHE programmes have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.”
PSHE education is a planned program 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. The program is divided into three modules of study –
- Health and Wellbeing
- Sex and Relationships
- British Values and budgeting
All year 7 to 11 students have dedicated PSHE lessons, tailored to equip them with the life skills needed to be happy and successful members of the community. Below is a link to the full PSHE programme for this academic year along with a guide for parents. PSHE is not only limited to specialist lessons but can be taught across a range of different subjects, as well as trips, year group assemblies and through specialist speakers to address more sensitive issues.
Year Group Curriculum Overview
The following websites are used within PSHCE delivery and provide excellent information and support for young people