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We are lucky in the fact that Physical, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is valued at Meadows School and taught as a weekly lesson from Year 7 to Year 11. We cover some sensitive subjects, so all topics are age-appropriate following the government’s guidelines. There are seven core topics which are taught in units and accredited by examining body, AQA and BTEC leading to a qualification that can be achieved from seven onwards. A further five units are on offer for the enthusiastic learner.

The core topics include:

Personal Action Planning, which involves target setting, identifying positive things about themselves and planning for future achievements.

Drugs awareness looks at legal and illegal drugs and the negative effects on the holistic wellbeing of an individual, their family and friends.

Sex and relationship education is a compulsory topic covering physical and emotional changes in the body. We regularly have open discussions which eliminate myth from fact and discuss making informed and responsible choices in relationships and understanding consent. This topic covers the current laws on consent and online sexual image posting. We also cover the issue of sexual orientation and different types of relationships and Key Stage 4 have an opportunity to have a one to one meeting with a sexual health nurse.

Respecting diversity looks at the differences and similarities between people; including cultural, ethnic, racial and religious diversity, gender and disability. Supporting and empowering young people to be confident in challenging racism, prejudice and discrimination.

Personal Safety covers road safety, online safety and understanding radicalisation, encouraging personal awareness and responsibility.

Emotional Wellbeing educates students on various mental health issues and challenges the stigma attached to these, encouraging young people to talk about and understand mental illness and providing information on where to go for help and support. This unit aims to improve understanding that mental wellbeing is as important as physical health.

Healthy Lifestyle looks at the benefits of healthy eating, regular exercise and sleep.  It also looks at the negative effects on the body of a poor diet, little to no exercise and lack of sleep.