In year 7 students start by covering settling in, staying safe (including risk management) and dealing with bullying. They also undertake a series of lessons on RSE relative to their age as well as healthy eating and personal hygiene. As part of Citizenship they examine Britain's multiculturalism and dealing with racism.
In Careers they start to learn about making decisions and the options available to them in later life.
In year 8 we build on the personal safety issues dealt with in year 7 looking at drugs, managing risk and STIs. Students also consider internet safety and the risks involved in living near water. We explore diversity through our Afritwin link and careers advice related to GCSE and A level choices begins in earnest.
In year 9 a financial capability unit is studied and students look at issues around the law and how it impacts on them. Diversity is again discussed and the impacts of both homophobic and cyber bullying are investigated. RSE appropriate to their age is delivered. Self-sufficiency is promoted through the Duke of Edinburgh scheme which is launched in PSHE time. Advice is given regarding post KS3 choices and pupils are guided through the options process.
Year 10 & 11
In year 10 & 11 career choices are linked to lifestyle decisions and students are encouraged to consider the risks associated with the behaviours they may be pressured to engage in. Issues around self-esteem and body image are explored as is the false information regarding relationships that some media promote. Financial capability is re-visited and an extensive age appropriate RSE programme is delivered. Students are supported in their planning for key stage 5 with all options considered and practical advice around applications is given.