PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic education)

PSHE education contributes to personal development by helping pupils to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help pupils to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives.

PSHE Association, PHSE Education Programme of Study October 2014.

Qualities of a Blundellian

Making the right decisions

The PSHE Program is constantly evolving, to draw together all elements of our students’ lives at Blundell’s including:

  1. Character development
  2. Knowledge and skills
  3. Building on Experiences

Students in years 7-11 have one dedicated lesson each week, which provide a safe environment in which students can expand their understanding and knowledge, by exploring, investigating and learn about life beyond Blundell’s.

The Sixth Form have a PSHE lecture slot once every half term where pertinent issues are raised by keynote speakers or workshops, such as pornography, gambling, sexual health, safe driving, mental health, and global issues.

The aim is to give the students the information and confidence to make the right decisions for themselves. To stand up for themselves to say yes, no or not yet; to take responsibility for themselves; and to promote social justice and sustainability.

As they learn new facts, they are encouraged to increase their skill sets (e.g. researching, debating, presenting, team work, decision making), to draw on their own experiences, and put new found knowledge into a wider context. We want them to challenge norms, to ask why, and to look after each other. Cultural differences, bias and pre-conceptions can be identified and unravelled.

PSHE topics develop through the year groups and are chosen based on risks, issues faced in houses, our knowledge of issues young people and their families face through growing up, and current issues in the wider world.

PSHE topics are timetabled to complement work done within the examined subjects, the Tutor Programme and international festivals or events.

We welcome input and feedback from students and parents/guardians to keep our programme relevant and current.

Topics include:

  1. Personal wellbeing
    1. Self-awareness, identity and emotions
    2. Relationships - friends and family
    3. Gender and Sexuality
  2. Social education
    1. Responsibilities and Values
    2. Citizenship
    3. Rule of Law and Governance
    4. Media Influence
    5. Diversity and Equality
    6. Sustainable living
    7. Embracing technology
  3. Keeping healthy
    1. Puberty
    2. Healthy eating and exercise
    3. Body image and self-respect
    4. Decisions – smoking, alcohol, drug taking, legal highs
    5. Sex education
    6. Mental health
  4. Economic education
    1. Financial decisions
    2. The World of Work and Career Choices
    3. Ethical decisions

We invite selected speakers to talk to different year groups to complement our programme. Over the last three years these guests have included:

  • The RNLI
  • Judges in the Community
  • SCADA – alcohol and drugs
  • Charlie Waller Memorial Foundation – mental health
  • Manday Saligari – addiction and mental health
  • Brook and Sexplain – Sexual health
  • National Citizenship Service
  • Epic – Gambling
  • Isla Van Trict – Pornography
  • Emma Cole – HIV
  • Karl Hopwood – online safety
  • Dave Parvin – Drugs
  • Jon Hoskison – Risk

At the beginning of each academic year key note speakers for our New Beginnings programme have included Jon White and Sibusio Vilane. In 2018 we are excited to welcome Ella Al Shamahi.

To enhance the Open Doors Careers Programme (years 7-11) we use Kudos, Buzz Fed, SACU and Morrisby, Inside Knowledge and Inspiring Futures, among others. (See the Careers page for more information).