PSHE | Barr Beacon School

  • Welcome

    Welcome to PSHE at Barr Beacon School PSHE equips Barr Beacon pupils with the skills and knowledge they need to help them deal with the real life issues and situations they may face on a day to day basis as they grow into mature and well-rounded individuals. At Barr Beacon School, PSHE is delivered by the form tutor team for one hour a week. The programme covered in Years 7 to 11 is extensive and covers a wide range of diverse subjects. Central to the programme are the following topics:
    • Safety.
    • Careers.
    • Drugs, alcohol and tobacco.
    • Sex and relationship education.
    • Emotional health and wellbeing.
    • Personal finance.
    • Nutrition and physical activity.
    Whenever possible we use visiting speakers and theatre groups to reinforce the messages we deliver in the programme. These include presentations on fire safety, adolescent car safety, internet bullying and online grooming. We have strong links with West Midlands Fire Service, Walsall Street Teams, Teenage Cancer Trust and West Bromwich Building Society.
  • Year 7

    Year 7 PSHE Overview
    • Target Setting Charter – Pupils reflect on past achievements and set targets for future academic and personal achievement.
    • Attendance – Pupils reflect on the importance of good attendance and punctuality.
    • What it means to be a Barr Beacon pupil – Pupils look at what makes a good citizen and what it means to be a Barr Beacon pupil and the qualities that are desirable.
    • Getting Organised – Pupils look at why good organisation is important. Pupils evaluate their own levels of organisation and examine ways in which they can improve their skills in the future.
    • Rules and Responsibilities – Pupils examine the reasons rules are made and the look at both the positive and negative consequences of their actions if rules are not followed. Pupils also look at the different factors that affect the type of citizens we are.
    • Bullying – Pupils look at what constitutes bullying and the different forms it can take. Pupils look at ways to deal with bullying including reporting and being assertive. Time is always allocated in the National Anti-Bullying Week for pupils to look at the current theme.
    • Personal Finance – Pupils look at a wide variety of personal finance issues that they are likely to need an awareness of in the future including bank accounts, savings, debit and credit cards and loans.
    • Substance misuse – Pupils look at what drugs are, both legal and illegal. They look into addiction and how the law deals with drug crime. In addition, pupils look at the consequences of drug misuse.
    • Safety - In this module, pupils look at potential dangers and ways to avoid them that they may come across during day to day life such as on the road, water, electricity and railway.
    • Careers – Pupils look at a variety of different careers and businesses. Pupils set realistic, but aspirational, career goals for the future and also look at a variety of career resources. This work is completed alongside our whole school careers work.
    • Health – Pupils examine a variety of issues regarding their health and wellbeing including the changes at puberty, the importance of and maintaining good personal hygiene, the dangers of smoking and the importance of keeping fit.
    • Mental Health & Emotional Wellbeing ­- Pupils look at what mental health and emotional wellbeing are and identify factors that can affect both. Pupils also investigate the consequences of mental health problems and identify sources of support.
    • Animal Welfare Issues - Pupils look at the different relationships people in the UK have with animals. Pupils consider the factors that would influence the type of pet that would be suitable for different groups of people. In addition pupils look at the role of the RSPCA.
    • E-safety – Pupils start by identifying the different platforms that are open to misuse online. Pupils move on to look at the consequences of sharing information and images online and ways in which they can stay safe online.
    • Family - Pupils investigate what makes a family, looking at different family types. Pupils look into why family is important and understand that family relationships can change over time.
  • Year 8

    Year 8 PSHE Overview
    • Target Setting Charter – Pupils reflect on past achievements and set targets for future academic and personal achievement.
    • Attendance – Pupils reflect on the importance of good attendance and punctuality.
    • Personal Finance – Pupils look at a wide variety of personal finance issues that they are likely to need an awareness of in the future, including what debt is and the consequences, safe shopping online and different currencies around the world.
    • Self-esteem and emotional wellbeing – Pupils examine what the term self-esteem means and the consequences of both positive and negative self-esteem. This topic also looks at peer pressure and the influence it can have on the behaviour of individuals. Pupils move on to look at ways of dealing with unwelcome pressure.
    • Bullying – Pupils look at the different reasons people are bullied and identify signs that may indicate someone is being bullied. Pupils look at empathy and link this to supporting others who are being bullied. Time is always allocated in the National Anti-Bullying Week for pupils to look at the current theme.
    • E-safety – Pupils start by looking at the different platforms that are open to misuse online. Pupils look at the consequences of sharing information and images online such as sexting. Pupils identify the support that can be accessed both on and off line to support them when they do not feel safe online.
    • Health and Relationships – Pupils look at relationships – different types, when is it right to start a relationship and the concept of love. Pupils consider the reasons why under 16s may choose to have sex and the consequences. In addition pupils investigate methods of contraception and sexually transmitted infections.
    • Smoking – Pupils consider the reasons why some people choose to smoke and the long and short term consequences. Pupils look at the composition of cigarettes and the effect of nicotine on the body. Pupils also look at support for smokers wishing to give up.
    • Careers – Pupils investigate the skills and qualities required for a variety of different careers, job opportunities, budgeting and the laws regarding child employment. This work is completed alongside our whole school careers work.
    • First Aid – Pupils look at a wide variety of first aid situations and how to deal with them. Topics include asthma attacks, minor bleeding, cross infection, assessing the casualty, the recovery position and dealing with emergency situations. An overview of CPR is also covered.
    • Disability and Discrimination – Pupils investigate the reasons why people are discriminated against and the reasons why people choose to do so. Pupils look at stereotyping, disability discrimination and ways of challenging all types of discrimination.
    • Being a good citizen – Pupils look at what makes a good citizen, community and the issue of anti-social behaviour. Pupils also consider the different types of law that govern our society – criminal, moral and civil.
    • Bereavement - Pupils will look at the feelings associated with bereavement and ways in which to deal with them. They will also identify ways in which to support others in times of loss including external agencies.
  • Year 9

    Year 9 PSHE Overview
    • Target Setting Charter – Pupils reflect on past achievements and set targets for future academic and personal achievement.
    • Attendance – Pupils reflect on the importance of good attendance and punctuality.
    • Personal Finance – Pupils look at a wide variety of personal finance issues that they are likely to need an awareness of in the future including what debt is and the consequences, safe shopping online and different currencies around the world.
    • Careers – Pupils investigate a variety of careers issues including LMI (Local Market Information), the world of work, work life balance and the skills that are required for a variety of different careers.
    • Expect Respect – Healthy Relationships – Pupils examine the factors that make a healthy relationship and, conversely, those that make an unhealthy relationship. Gender stereotypes are examined, as are the choices that are needed to be made in order to have a healthy relationship.
    • Bullying – Pupils look at the difference between good and bad friendship groups and how these choices can result in the occurrence of bullying. In addition, pupils look at different locations and situations that can lead to bullying. Time is always allocated in the National Anti-Bullying Week for pupils to look at the current theme.
    • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender awareness Pupils identify the challenges that LGBT people have faced historically, moving on to look at the current challenges that are still faced and support that can be offered by individuals and groups.
    • Health & Relationships – Pupils examine the law regarding sexual activity and the consequences of underage sexual activity – in particular teenage pregnancy. Pupils look in more detail at different methods of contraception and sexually transmitted infections including HIV and AIDS.
    • Substance Abuse – Pupils investigate the effect of drugs on the body, moving on to look at the different groups of drugs and the classification of illegal drugs. Pupils will also look at the emergence of new ‘legal highs’ and the dangers associated with them. Pupils will look at the consequences of drug addiction on relationships.
    • Staying safe / Child Sexual Exploitation – Pupils will look at the issues of exploitation and grooming, identifying situations that may lead to either. This will include recognising the signs that either may be happening. Pupils will explore how to avoid possible exploitation or grooming and will look at who can offer support.
    • Gangs and Knife Crime – Pupils investigate the reasons why young people choose to join a gang and look into the consequences of gangs and knife crime to all involved.
    • Human Rights – Pupils look at the basic human rights that everyone is entitled to and examine the reasons why not everyone is granted those rights. Pupils look at cases of children around the world and the role of human rights campaigners.
    • Sun Safety – Pupils look at the positives and negative consequences of spending time in the sun. Pupils move on to understand how to stay safe in the sun.
    • Personal Hygiene / Skin Care – Pupils investigate what body image is and factors that can influence body image. Pupils look at ways to care for themselves, including their skin.
    • Personal Finance – Pupils look at a wide variety of financial issues that they are likely to come across in later life including direct debits, standing orders, interest and bank charges. Pupils will also look at being a smart and safe consumer.
    • Careers – Pupils will be guided into making the appropriate choices for their future destinations, including which GCSE options to take.
  • Year 10

    Year 10 PSHE Overview
    • Target Setting Charter – Pupils reflect on past achievements and set targets for future academic and personal achievement.
    • Attendance – Pupils reflect on the importance of good attendance and punctuality.
    • Healthy Eating / Lifestyle Choices – Pupils examine what makes a healthy diet and the consequences of an unhealthy diet and lack of exercise. Pupils look at the growing problem of obesity in society, in particular for children. Pupils identify lifestyle choices that influence well-being.
    • Expect Respect – Healthy Relationships – Pupils investigate teenage relationship abuse, looking at the different forms that abuse can take. Pupils look at supportive relationships and behaviours that can lead to abusive relationships. Pupils look at sources of support and support for those experiencing relationship abuse.
    • Mental Health – Pupils examine situations that could lead to mental health issues and the different mental health conditions. Pupils look at the importance of a good work life balance and positive relationships and also look at how to cope with stress.
    • Bullying – Pupils focus on the differences and similarities between different faiths and explore the reasons why this can lead to bullying. Pupils examine diversity in society and also look at homophobic bullying and its consequences. Time is always allocated in the National Anti-Bullying Week for pupils to look at the current theme.
    • Careers – Pupils look at the issue of apprenticeships versus higher education. Pupils also focus on mock interviews, writing a CV, setting their own career goals, planning for transition and developing enterprising skills.
    • Personal Finance – Pupils look at a wide variety of financial issues that they are likely to come across in later life including credit, loans, APRs, hire purchase and pay day loans.
    • Managing criticism and praise / Self Esteem – Pupils examine the issue of positive and negative self-esteem and the factors that can affect it. Pupils look at the communication of positive and negative information and the ways in which both can be delivered to others.
    • CV writing – Pupils look at what information is essential in a CV and the format a CV should take. Pupils also investigate the different skills that they possess and the skills that are required for a variety of different careers.
    • Politics – Pupils examine the political system in the United Kingdom. Pupils look at a wide range of topics including democracy, political parties, voting, government, Parliament and the House of Lords, the role of the EU and the place of the United Kingdom in world politics.
    • Health & Relationships – Pupils look at changing relationships and the role of family and how it is viewed in society. Pupils look at sexual identity and factors that may shape it. Pupils investigate the ways STIs, including HIV / AIDS, affect the body and the different types of contraception.
    • Female Genital Mutilation – Pupils look at the issue of FGM in society today, looking at the reasons why it is carried out and the physical and emotional consequences. Pupils also look at the legal view of FGM and investigate sources of help and support for those who are affected.
    • Substance Misuse / Addiction – Pupils examine the issue of binge drinking including the increased incidence of risky behaviour and the potential short and long term consequences. Pupils also look at the dangers of substance misuse and the legal implications of the possession and supply of different classes of drugs. Pupils also investigate legal highs and the negative effect on the body.
    • Emergency Health – Where to go for emergency health care – Pupils investigate different sources of health care and examine which would be most suitable and appropriate in a wide variety of situations.
  • Year 11

    Year 11 PSHE Overview
    • Personal Goal Setting – Pupils identify SMART personal goals for both the short and long term. Pupils identify their own personal skills and qualities and the best ways of motivating themselves.
    • Attendance – Pupils reflect on the importance of good attendance and punctuality.
    • Healthy Relationships – Pupils investigate the different relationships teenagers have and the different things teenagers want from relationships. Pupils examine the positive and negative aspects of relationships and both healthy and unhealthy relationships and the factors that can lead to grooming and exploitation.
    • Careers – Pupils look at employability skills, the application process, exploring possible jobs and qualifications, developing interview skills and preparing for their next steps. Pupils have the opportunity to visit the Skills Show and Careers Fair.
    • Progress Files – Pupils reflect on their achievements to date and produce a personal statement that will be part of their progress file that will help them move on to their next education or career path.
    • Managing Different Relationships – Pupils investigate the issue of marriage and its place in current society including same sex marriage and factors that contribute to a successful marriage. Pupils look at parenting, including the responsibilities of the parent and the value of family life. Pupils also look at the impact of separation, divorce and bereavement on families and statutory and voluntary groups who can help families in crisis.
    • Health & Relationships – Pupils look at contraception and the differing views other faiths and cultures have. Pupils look at the consequences of unprotected sex including STIs and pregnancy. Pupils move on to examine what it means to be a teenage parent and the role of mutual support in successful relationships.
    • Study Skills – Pupils investigate the most effective forms of study including their own preferred learning style. Pupils look at revision strategies and timetables. Pupils also look at achieving success in their exams and the importance of work-life balance and managing stress effectively.
    • Body Image – Pupils examine body image and the reasons why young people feel pressure to conform to physical stereotypes. Pupils investigate eating disorders including the short and long term consequences and sources of support and help for those experiencing issues.
    • Substance Abuse – Pupils look at the reasons why people may choose to take drugs – both legal and illegal - and the effects of the body. Pupils examine the impacts on the family and friends of addiction. Pupils identify the different groups that can offer support to addicts and their families.
    • Personal Finance – Pupils cover a variety of different personal finance issues that they will encounter in the future including buying or renting a home, credit checks, insurance, savings and investments, planning for the future and different types of pensions.