Ysgol Abersychan School

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PSE

Learning to Live (PSE) is currently taught by a discrete team of staff. At KS3, pupils have 2 timetabled hours a fortnight.  In years 10 & 11, pupils have 3 hours per fortnight due to the Welsh Baccalaureate Qualification (WBQ), which encompasses PSE within its structure.

Year 7

Throughout this academic year, year 7 are following the SEAL programme ‘Grange-Enders’.  This programme incorporates the 5 themes of SEAL.  Each term, pupils have a specific focus theme such as ‘Being Safe’ or ‘Making a positive contribution, for example.  The pupils are issued with a ‘passport’ which staff are encouraged to sign when they observe a pupil fulfilling one or more of the targets.  An example of a target would be ‘I have made someone feel good’.

In addition to this programme, the pupils begin their SRE (Sex and Relationship Education) programme which focuses, in year 7, on the topics of puberty and periods.  The year group also participate in the ‘Kiddo’s Choice’ day which is delivered by external providers (Police; Magistrates; Youth Offending Team) and focuses on anti-social behaviour.

Year 8

The work in Year 8 continues with the ‘Grange-Enders’ programme, as we follow our characters as they progress through school.  In addition to this programme, the scheme of work includes such topics as:

  • Behaviours & Feelings
  • Personal Safety
  • Financial Management
  • Human Rights
  • Healthy Me

In addition, the pupils experience talks from the Police Community Officer (PCO) on the topic of ‘Drugs’.

Year 9

In 2016 the Year 9 cohort will be accessing a Level 2 PSHE qualification from AQA. This specification actively encourages centers to adopt a wide repertoire of active teaching methods which:

  • Focus on active learning and student participation
  • Place value on the students' experiences and contributions.

Candidates should be taught the knowledge, skills and understanding through opportunities to:

  • Take responsibility
  • Participate
  • Make real choices and decisions
  • Develop relationships.

The units for the Level 2 qualification are:

  • Unit 2: Drugs Education
  • Unit 3: Sex and Relationship Education
  • Unit 5: Emotional Wellbeing
  • Unit 6: Healthy Lifestyles
  • Unit 10: Personal Safety
  • Unit 12: Introduction to Diversity, Prejudice and Discrimination

In addition, the pupils experience talks from the Police Community Officer on the topic of ‘Internet Safety & Cyber-bullying’.

Year 10 & 11

The WBQ team deliver all of the requirements of the WBQ, including the PSE elements. These are taught in a carousel, utilising staff strengths and interests.  The RE departments teaches a module of work which considers healthy and unhealthy relationships and during this module the PCO delivers a talk on domestic abuse called ‘Safer Relationships’.

We also have a second cohort of pupils about to begin mental wellbeing training and these will become peer teachers once accredited.  Emotional wellbeing is one of the key areas for further development in the PSE development plan.

Another skills-set that has been deemed essential is that of first aid training.  All of the year 10 pupils undertake the accredited St. John’s Young Lifesavers first aid programme.

During the year, the pupils will participate in the ‘DNA’ day, which focuses on substance/alcohol misuse and is delivered by a range of external specialists.