New PSHE Curriculum 2019-2020

The DFES report ‘Preparing Young People for Adult Life’ stated that ‘Society has a responsibility to help children and young people to meet the challenges of life by helping them to understand and value themselves, be optimistic about the future and life’s possibilities, and to develop positive self-esteem, confidence and to take increasing control of, and responsibility, for their lives and play an active part in their own communities. Personal, Social and Health Education, including Sex Education and Drug Education, provides a whole school strategy for working in partnership with parents and others to help children to overcome the social pressures they face and the barriers they present to learning and achievement’ (Preparing Young People for Adult Life – DFES).

PSHE education can be defined as a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. As part of a whole school approach, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. The benefits to pupils of such an approach are numerous as PSHE prepares them to manage many of  the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in such rapidly changing and challenging times. It also helps them to connect and apply the knowledge and understanding they learn in all subjects to practical, real-life situations while helping them to feel safe and secure enough to fulfil their academic potential.

PSHE Association July 2013

As of September 2020 relationship and sex education is becoming compulsory in schools.  With these changes and the changes in OFSTED criteria towards PSHE, here at Brooklands we have designed and implemented a whole new scheme of work for PSHE using the guidelines suggested by the PSHE Association.  Using these guidelines, all our pupils will have the opportunities to learn how to cope in and understand the ever changing society. The schemes are delivered by staff, specialists and outside agencies.  Pupils also have access to outside agencies and specialist mentoring within school.  The school has a trained therapeutic coach who pupils can be referred to.

We are holding two PSHE days.  Year 7 on the 25th February and year 8 on the 15th October 2019.  These days will involve pupils moving around five different carousal activities on different areas on PSHE.  We have the following workshops taking place;
TACTIC- Talking about emotions
Brook- Sex education and contraception
Mrs Scarff- protective behaviours
Sally Simmonds (SSCO)- online safety
Mrs Wilkinson- First aid scenarios
Later on in the year Mrs Wilkinson will be running a longer first aid class for pupils for which they will receive a certificate at the end.  This course will have a small cost and more information will be sent out nearer the time. 
More information about the different workshops will be circulated soon with a letter about withdrawing pupils from the sex education part of the day.
Bin It Road Show
On Friday 4th October we have the Bin It roadshow coming to Brooklands to visit our year 5's and 6's.  The roadshow highlights to students how they can change their behaviour towards littering by considering how their actions affect the school, community and wildlife around the school.