St Andrew’s High School’s PSHE Programme

St Andrew’s High School seeks to provide a PSHE programme which assists the school to meet the Personal Support Entitlement of our young people.

PSHE is an important part of the school’s contribution to the overall development of our young people.

We hope to equip our young people with the skills required to make informed decisions and to enter the world beyond school with a confidence and understanding that will allow ambitions to be achieved and positive contributions to be made to society in general and our community in particular.

Through Personal, Social and Health Education we hope to increase our young people’s skills and knowledge in order that they will be able to act appropriately in a variety of situations. Our young people are encouraged to take increasing responsibility for their own lives and to develop a positive regard, both for themselves and for others.

St Andrew’s High School’s PSHE programme provides opportunities for work on personal, social and health and wellbeing issues as well as practice and discussion of processes and skills which enable pupils to develop the skills of:

  •  Communication
  •  Problem-solving
  •  Decision-making
  •  Enterprise
  •  Listening
  •  Summarising
  •  Evaluating
  •  Clarifying
  •  Considering options and choices
  •  Self-assessment

Throughout the PSHE Programme, our young people will consider their proposed choices of subjects and careers.

 Young people have opportunities to learn to:

  •  Identify their own values and attitudes within the setting and ethos of a catholic school and take increasing responsibility for their own actions
  • Demonstrate respect and tolerance towards others
  • Understand the importance of valuing self, and endeavour to understand and appreciate other people’s feelings and experience
  • Demonstrate the acquisition of positive attitudes to others
  • Communicate and interact by using interpersonal skills in a variety of situations, demonstrating an awareness that specific factors can affect interpersonal relationships
  • Show respect and tolerance for those whose opinions differ from their own.

Through the activities carried out in PSHE, opportunities are provided for pupils to:

  • Develop assertiveness skills
  • Set personal goals
  • Participate in the work of the class
  • Display work
  • Develop self-awareness
  • Develop confidence in own emerging skills
  • Set targets and goals
  • Improve self-esteem
  • Improve interpersonal skills
  • Reflect on their own views
  • Look after their personal needs
  • Work independently
  • Participate effectively in teams
  • Learn to make their own decisions
  • Assess their own abilities and capabilities
  • Clarify personal values in relation to those held by others
  • Identify options
  • Distinguish fact from fiction
  • Consider health and wellbeing and how their actions may affect this.

 Topics covered in the whole school programme include:

  • Use of Planners
  • Pupil Council Elections
  • Settling In and Attendance
  • Learner Journey
  • Speaking in Public
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Friendship
  • Personal Safety
  • Anti-Litter
  • Positive Mental Attitudes
  • ID Project: Rights of the Child
  • Railway Safety
  • Money Responsibility – Savings and Credit Union
  • Animal Welfare Awareness
  • Drugs Education – Anti-Smoking and Alcohol
  • Review of previous session
  • Skills for Adolescence/Emotions
  • Choices Programme
  • Drugs Education
  • Heartstart
  • S3 Profiling and Portfolios
  • Drugs Education
  • Debt Awareness
  • Managing Coursework
  • Road Safety
  • Relationships
  • Study Skills
  • Active Listening
  • Financial Education
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Post Prelim Self-Evaluation
  • Learning From Post 16 Students
  • Stress
  • CV
  • Interview Skills
  • Moving Out
  • Improving Personal Performance through Smarter Study,
  • Personal Learning Planning, Organisation and Stress Management.

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