Personal Social and Health Education

Personal Social Health Education (PSHE) at Cressex Community School aims to:

  • Develop students’ confidence, responsibility and ability to work individually and together;
  • Develop a respect for good relationships which includes respecting the differences between people;
  • Develop an understanding of what a healthy, safe lifestyle involves; and
  • Develops skills in order to find a career for the future and the qualities needed to do this.

Sex and Relationships Education

During the sessions a range of issues is discussed including the importance of relationships, as well as matters relating to sexually transmitted infections, drugs and alcohol abuse. Parents are reminded of their right to withdraw students from sex education lessons.

During Year 7, students study a range of topics including E-safety, Health and Relationships. They explore dealing with growth and change as normal parts of growing up. They also develop their understanding that relationships affect everything we do in our lives and that relationship skills have to be learnt and practised.

During Year 8, students study a range of topics including, the Media, Difference and Diversity and Health. They are able to develop and use knowledge and understanding to make informed choices about safety, health and well-being. They also develop skills for enterprise and employability.

During Year 9, students study a range of topics including, Careers, First Aid and Relationships. They appreciate that pressure can be used positively or negatively to influence others in situations involving risk. Students also assess their needs, interests, values, skills, abilities and attitudes in relation to options in learning about work and enterprise.

During Year 10, students will study a range of topics including, Lifelong Learning, Developing Relationships and Keeping Healthy. They are able to recognise that healthy lifestyles, and the wellbeing of self and others, depend on information and making responsible choices. They are also able to understand that relationships affect everything we do in our lives and that relationship skills have to be learnt and practised. They learn where and how to obtain health information, how to recognise and follow health and safety procedures, ways of reducing risk and minimising harm in risky situations, how to find sources of emergency help and how to use basic and emergency first aid.

During Year 11, students study a range of topics including, Careers, and how to apply for a job, Enterprise and Study Skills. Students are encouraged to reflect on their own and others’ strengths, achievements, give and receive constructive praise and criticism, and learn from success and failure. They identify, select and use a variety of information sources to research, clarify and review options and choices in career and financial contexts relevant to their needs. They develop and apply skills and qualities for enterprise.