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PSHE at Eastbury Sixth Form 

PSHE education at Eastbury Sixth Form is a planned programme of learning through which students acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. PSHE Education stands for Personal Social Health Economic Education. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE education aims to develop the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.   

This PHSE education curriculum at Eastbury is mapped against the KS5 Programme of Study from the PHSE Association and coverage is of equal breadth and depth. The programme builds on the themes covered in Key Stages 3 and 4, going into more depth ensuring the content is age appropriate.  The topics we have chosen to cover and the order has been created using feedback from our student surveys on health and wellbeing which take place twice a year.   

Additionally, input about mental health, wellbeing, anxiety and stress are woven through the tutor and assembly programme.  

These include: 

  • Recognising common mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, self harm and compulsive behaviours 
  • To recognise when they, or others, need support with their mental health and effective 
  • strategies to address difficulties and promote wellbeing. This is further explored through our Mental Health Ambassador Programme.  
  • How to maintain work-life balance, including understanding the importance of continuing with regular exercise and sleep, and balancing time online. 

Aims of PHSE 

Effective PSHE education equips students to live healthy, safe, productive, responsible, happy and balanced lives. It provides opportunities for students to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.  PSHE education contributes to Student's personal development by helping them to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It supports pupils in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic wellbeing.  

We believe that PSHE education can help reduce or remove many of the barriers to learning experienced by students, significantly improving their capacity to learn and achieve. The PSHE education programme makes a significant contribution to students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, their behaviour and safety and the school’s statutory responsibility to promote students’ wellbeing. The learning provided through a comprehensive PSHE education provision is essential to safeguarding students.  

This is the area of the curriculum where students will learn about how to look after their health and well-being, recognise the qualities of healthy and unhealthy relationships, explore the impact of life online and focus on careers and financial education. 

The KS5 PHSE Programme at Eastbury Sixth Form 

In 2022/23 Year, 12 students are taught PHSE education as part of their Enrichment Programme and Year 13 are taught through the Form and Assembly Programme that has been created to reflect the content covered by Year 12 Students.  

New programme is being developed for 2023/24 to enable Year 13 have more access to the Enrichment Programme that PHSE is part of.   

As well as our dedicated team of Enrichment teachers we also have input from outside speakers who deliver many different sessions including sessions on  Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), online safety, financial workshops and knife crime.