How to Succeed in PSHE at Whitmore High School
At Whitmore we pride ourselves in producing a whole school PSHE and SRE curriculum that allows our students to prepare for “the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life”.
It has been proven that students who are emotionally healthy do better at school. PSHE education helps students to achieve their potential by supporting their wellbeing and tackling issues that can affect their ability to learn, such as anxiety and unhealthy relationships.
The three main strands of the PSHE Curriculum are:
1. Health and Wellbeing
3. Living in the Wider World
It is important that our students recognise the connection between what they are learning during these lessons and how they can apply this to their own lives. They should also be aware of how their responses to situations can affect the wider community.
So as a student, how do you get the best out of PSHE lessons?
1. Make sure you ask appropriate questions. This will ensure that you have a clear understanding of the topic. If you do not ask or communicate with your tutor it will be difficult to correct any misconceptions that you may have about particular topics.
2. Use PSHE as an opportunity to learn about financial literacy and the understanding of the role this plays as you become an adult. New and updated lessons have been added to ensure you have an overview of tax, budgeting, financial responsibilities, the effects of gambling and how to build a secure future financially by the time you reach 16-18.
3. There are many opportunities for you to practise transferable skills such as debating, researching, negotiation and participation. These will all benefit you as you move forward at any point in your education career.
4. Immerse yourself in learning and researching global issues and differences in approach to cultural and diverse issues that take place across the world. This enhances your capability to be a part of a global community. If you have found a topic interesting research it further with advice from your tutor as to where to find relevant and correct information.
5. And finally, reflect on your experience and how you are developing as a young adult. Evaluate what went well in the lesson and how you can utilise it to ensure you get the most out of the information given.
Every effort will be made by our pastoral teams to ensure that every student is able to participate inclusively in PSHE and SRE lessons. However, no student will be forced into a discussion so it is up to you to decide how much you want to take part when discussions or debates take place. A variety of techniques and activities are included in lessons and we hope that you take this opportunity to further engage yourself in the learning of the essential life skills and advice on citizenship to reach your full potential.