At Torpoint Community College Personal Social, Health and Economics Education (PSHEe) is taught in discrete lessons, once a week throughout Key Stages 3 andonce per fortnight for Key Stage 4. The PSHEe curriculum aims to allow students to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep them healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain. Our schemes of work take into account the current guidelines for effective PSHEe including the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Key Stage 3 PSHE for Personal wellbeing and Economic wellbeing and financial capability (2007) as well as the PSHE Association Programme of Study (2017), statutory Careers Education guidelines (2018), CDI Careers Framework (2015) and statutory Sex and Relationships education guidance (2000) and Sex and relationships education (SRE) for the 21st century (2014). The PSHEe curriculum contributes to our students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development. Our PSHEe curriculum relies on student voice and feedback to ensure that the curriculum delivered is engaging, relevant and responds to students’ needs. Additional parts of the PSHEe curriculum are delivered during assemblies by external organisations, talks and workshops or during events such as the year 10 Brook Bitesize event for RSE, attending the TCC Careers Exhibition and Health and Wellbeing Fayre and a range of career focussed trips and events. We are members of the PSHE Association and use their quality marked resources as well as those recommended by Cornwall Healthy Schools – Torpoint Community College has  been awarded Healthy Schools status since 2007.

 Key Stage 3 PSHEe

Year 7

Year 7 PSHEe begins with a focus on the ground rules required to facilitate effective discussions within the classroom and a focus on the social and emotional aspects of the transition to secondary education. Students then cover a sequence of lessons exploring issues surrounding their personal safety, risks and decision making, including online behaviours. Students explore the need for a healthy lifestyle and issues surrounding puberty and relationships education. We use Healthy Schools Cornwall recommended Christopher Winter Project (CWP) resources to deliver relationships and drugs awareness topics.

Year 8

In year 8 students cover a variety of topics and consider the effects and reasons for discrimination and prejudice, dealing with difficult issues and knowing where to find additional support and information, healthy lifestyles and information about the HPV vaccine. Students complete the British Heart Foundation Heartstart First Aid course, allowing students to learn and practice vital skills such as placing a person in to the recovery position and CPR. Students complete more careers education and relationships education using the CWP resources and PSHE Association Resources as well as lessons about personal finances.

Year 9

In year 9 students explore situations such as reasons for migration around the world and the work of the college towards the Rights Respecting Schools Award, and complete further lessons on healthy lifestyles, relationships and sex education and careers education. Students in year 9 take part in a RSE lesson delivered by Brook.           

Key Stage 4 PSHEe

Year 10

Students in year 10 complete a rotation over the course of the academic year, completing four topics with different teachers: careers education including post 16 options research and creating a CV, a topic exploring the issues of extremism and radicalisation and modern British values, how to study effectively, revision techniques, learning styles, and e safety and a health and wellbeing unit raising awareness of mental health, relationships and the importance of consent and the symptoms, causes and effects of eating disorders.

Students also complete further Relationships and Sex Education by completing the Brook Bitesize Event.

Year 11

Students in year 11 complete a rotation of four different topics over the course of the academic year with four different teachers. The topics covered include a unit on careers education; focussing on rights and responsibilities in the workplace, consumer rights and economics, a health and relationships focussed topic, a topic focussing on study skills, focussing on how to cope with exam pressures and stress, a recap of First Aid skills including CPR and a unit on healthy lifestyles and nutrition, good self-esteem and effects of risky behaviours.

Students in year 11 benefit from an additional interactive session with Brook, delivering RSE.