PSHE reform welcomed by BTC

The Department for Education has today launched statutory guidance to accompany introduction of compulsory health education, relationships education and relationships and sex education (RSE) in 2020.

Breaking the Cycle have provided local schools with PSHE for a number of years and welcomes the new change. We feel that providing our children with a range of skills such as relationship building, online awareness and how to protect themselves is a key tool in this day and age.

The government announced compulsory health education last year along with relationships education in all primary schools and ‘relationships and sex education’ (RSE) in all secondary schools. The new guidance has been updated to reflect consultation on draft guidance late last year, and covers a range of issues relating to physical and mental health, wellbeing, safeguarding and healthy relationships.

PSHE (personal, social, health and economic) education is the vehicle through which schools deliver health, relationships and RSE education on the curriculum. Schools are now encouraged to begin updating their PSHE provision in order to be ready for 2020.

PSHE education also covers economic wellbeing and careers. With the emergence of issues such as online gambling and the urgent need to better-prepare young people for the world of work, the PSHE Association – the national body for PSHE – stresses the importance of covering PSHE in its entirety, even though these aspects are not yet compulsory.

For more information from the PSHE Association’s website please click here.

For more information on our PSHE provision please click here.

“Accidental Outlaw”

Today we worked with the years 8 pupils at Ratcliffe. We looked at young people’s rights and responsibilities whilst online and how different social media sites have different age restrictions.

We spoke about what you put online now may have an effect On later on in life. We all have a digital footprint that, even though we think it has been deleted does not mean that it has when it comes to the digital world.

The pupils came up with some amazing suggestions and ideas but showed a real lack of understanding of the legal implications around their online action. This digital world is a comfortable place to air your views but we all need to be aware that it is not somewhere where the law does not have jurisdiction.

Gangs and Knives

We just wanted to thank Radcliffe School for allowing us to work with such a great bunch of students today. It was great to interact with them about something that seems to be appearing in the news, more than anyone would like. We can not not wait to hear the feedback and can not wait for our next session.

Bullying Online

Today we had a fantastic time providing sessions for both year 8 and 10 at Ratcliffe College on Anti-bullying. We asked the students to develop and designed their own T-shirts on the theme of bullying and cyberbullying.  It was very interesting to see that the topic of online bullying on social media and online games was a concern to the students, something that is shared with many parents.  We did a lot around the role of the bystander vs upstander as many children are fearful of becoming bullied for being an upstander but don’t always understand the implications of being the bystander.  We can not wait to run our next session in a couple of weeks on spotting scams.

What is a Healthy Relationship?

Today we worked with year 8 boys and girls from Ratcliffe College on gaining a better understanding of what a relationship was, what makes it healthy or unhealthy and how to manage relationships to avoid it becoming unhealthy or even abusive.

 

The sessions were so much fun for myself and to see the brains working out the difficulties between saying something and doing it, for instance “Would you be able to identify an unhealthy relationship?” was a yes and give them their dues they managed to come up with lots of answers but they often focused on physical but with some support they identified the other types. “Would you be able to remove yourself from an abusive relationship?” was another one that saw a chorus of yes’ but we dug down and had a little role play it became obvious that it wasn’t as easy as they had thought.

 

All in all I had a blast and look forward to working with them again soon.

 

If you or your school needs support with it’s PSHE sessions please click here to find out a snapshot in to what we can provide.

Extremely Informative, Edifying and Engaging

Breaking The Cycle have been delivering sessions to support our pastoral PSHCE programme for over 3 years.  Their sessions are extremely informative, edifying and engaging, which with the lower year groups is essential to peak their interest.  I have found their staff professional and experienced within a variety of fields which further enhances their delivery of emotive issues during sessions.  I would recommend BTC to any school that wanted to enhance their PSHE provision and provide the students with sessions that break down difficult and sensitive issues, in order to improve student understanding.

 

Miss T Spencer

Head of PSHCE & Careers

Ratcliffe College

Great Day at Ratcliffe college

Another PSHE sessions yesterday, this time at Ratcliffe college with the year 7’s exploring what emotional health is – what it looks like and how it feels. We spoke about negative experiences things that can influence our emotional health – bullying, peer pressure and ways that we can improve our emotional health by learning coping strategies – speaking to a teacher, listening to music, sports ect.

Thank you for being great to work with.