PSHE develops essential life skills which students require both in school and beyond. The Secondary PSHE programme contains appropriate topics for Middle and Upper Department students. Students’ work throughout Years 6-11 progresses in incremental steps, building upon previously attained knowledge and skills.
The PSHE programme aims to equip students with important life skills and to inform them of issues that will allow them to lead full and enriching lives. PSHE also aims to address issues that students need in school and beyond their school lives. There is a focus on promoting self-critical reflection and a self-corrective mindset.
This dynamic, forward-looking programme creates opportunities for students to develop the essential skills and qualities needed for learning, life and future employment. The skills acquired from PSHE are transferable and help to maximise learning across all other curricular areas.
All About Me: This introductory lesson deals with feelings, anxieties, worries and Primary-Secondary transition. The objective of the lesson is to allow students to take responsibility, recognise any potential problems at school and address ways in which to deal with them.
Managing Time: These lessons seek to address pupils’ potential problems with time management and homework issues in a fun and interactive way. The lessons outline strategies to make the best possible use of time.
Jobs: An introduction to work and what it is. This set of lessons deals with why people work and the advantages and disadvantages of working.
Money Management: This is an introduction to managing pocket money. The lessons deal with saving money, spending pocket money and budgeting.
How should I behave? This section of the programme deals with the rules of the school, as well as broader issues such as self-respect and manners.
Healthy Lifestyle: An introduction into how to keep yourself healthy through diet and exercise.
Decision Making and Managing Risk: These lessons allow students to understand what risk is and seeks to assist students in being able to make informed choices about safety, health and wellbeing.
Developing and Maintaining Friendships: This topic focuses, in particular, on the nature of empathy. It also challenges prejudice and discrimination.
Peer Pressure: This unit looks at understanding the nature of peer pressure, how it can affect lives and how students can deal with it.
Investigating Careers: This unit examines different areas of work, including administrative work, creative jobs, technical and scientific careers, construction and service jobs. Students gain an awareness of the types of skills that are needed in each area of work. Students complete a questionnaire to begin to learn about what types of work might best suit them.
INJAZ Personal Economics Programme: This course runs for five weeks and is presented by volunteers from INJAZ-Kuwait. The course aims to give our Year 8 students a hands-on, practical introduction to personal finance, credit and debt, savings, investments and budgeting. At the end of the course students should feel better able to manage their own finances.
Social Interactions: This topic considers how young people can make better choices about friendships and relationships with other students. By reflecting on the way their actions can impact upon the feelings of others, whether face-to-face or through social media, it is hoped that the promotion of positive relationships will counteract any possible involvement in bullying or negative peer pressure.
Safety: This topic addresses issues related to students' safety and welfare. Road safety and the avoidance of risk whilst a passenger in a car includes wearing a seatbelt and encouraging the driver and other passengers to put safety first. In addition, students consider how they can best assess physical, emotional or mental risks in their daily lives and the environment.
Personal Finance: This Junior Achievement topic is presented by volunteers from Injaz Kuwait. From earning money to managing it wisely, students will learn how to produce their own personal finance plan. Starting good habits early is essential in preparation for managing life at university and then in the world of work and beyond.
Environmental Responsibility: Caring for the environment, conserving both common and scarce resources and the wiser utilisation of energy is a personal and public responsibility. For children growing up in Kuwait where energy and resources are freely available, learning to value and use these commodities wisely is of increasing importance. Through the thoughtful use of resources and recycling materials, our carbon footprint can be reduced.
Personal Wellbeing: This unit highlights what makes a healthy lifestyle. Physical and emotional health, as well as personal identity, are very much up to the individual, but for the young person these are areas that are often neglected. Diet and healthy eating, and the link between diabetes and obesity are also considered. Students also learn about the dangers of smoking and passive smoking.
Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs): This citizenship unit takes into account the good work of NGOs and how people can become involved. It looks at why such organisations intervene and promote goodwill while operating separately from national governments. It also focuses on the different types of humanitarian work done by NGOs.
Career Success: This Junior Achievement topic is presented by volunteers from Injaz Kuwait. Students will be equipped with the tools and skills required to earn and keep a job in high-growth career industries. Study areas include the 4C’s (critical thinking, communication, collaboration and creativity), strong soft skills, work priorities and STEM and other high-growth industries. Personal-brand and job seeking tools complete this module which is a development of the Year 9 'Personal Finance' module.
First Aid: Whether it involves administering treatment to oneself or another person, first aid is an essential life skill. This unit provides practical advice and skills that might be needed in a day to day situation, whether in the home, in a car or whilst outside, to treat both minor injuries and those that are life-threatening. Practical teaching is carried out by the Senior School Nurse and includes cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
Study Skills: This is an intensive study skills course which develops skills learned in the Middle Department. The course focuses on equipping students with the much required skills in order for them to progress in all of their studies. It especially helps students develop techniques for revision personally tailored to suit their learning style, effective time management and organisational skills. Work on internet safety is also included.
Workplace Transition: Students will consider how personal traits and preferences influence the type of career they might like and to which they may be best suited. Using software such as Plotr, which identifies suitable careers, and the UK Government National Careers Service, students can make better-informed decisions about the most suitable courses to study at AS and A Level. Getting it right in the Sixth Form means that undertaking the best degree course at university maximises your chance of securing the career that suits you.
Live Well/Learn Well: This topic revisits areas studied in Year 10, helping students to reconsider their own wellbeing in the preparation for the final examinations in June. Eating well, taking exercise and always considering how one feels fine tunes the ‘body and soul’ balance. In conjunction with the Study Skills topic, the stresses of the final year in the Upper Department can be managed better.
In Middle Department, PSHE is taught by students’ Class Tutors, in their tutor rooms with the rest of their tutor group. Middle Department Students work from a specially designed PSHE booklet.
Upper Department students are also taught in their tutor groups, with the majority of the course taught by their Class Tutors. However the Year 9 topic ‘Personal Finance’ and Year 10 topic ‘Career Success’ are taught by qualified Injaz volunteers as part of their Junior Achievement programme. Similarly, the ‘First Aid’ course is taught by the Senior School Nurse. Courses last either three, four or five weeks and are VLE-based.
Assessment is fundamental to good teaching and learning. Assessment, especially A4L (Assessment for Learning) is embedded into the PSHE programme and allows learners to recognise their own achievement and to make progress. Teachers will continually assess students throughout the programme, and an end of year grade, as well as an A2L (Attitude to Learning) description will appear on their report.
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