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Statutory Health Education

The Department for Education states that:

“It is important that the starting point for health and wellbeing education should be a focus on enabling pupils to make well-informed, positive choices for themselves. In secondary school, teaching should build on primary content and should introduce new content to older pupils at appropriate points. This should enable pupils to understand how their bodies are changing, how they are feeling and why, to further develop the language that they use to talk about their bodies, health and emotions and to understand why terms associated with mental and physical health difficulties should not be used pejoratively. This knowledge should enable pupils to understand where normal variations in emotions and physical complaints end and health and wellbeing issues begin. Emphasis should continue to be given to steps pupils can take to protect and support their own health and wellbeing. They should know that there is a relationship between good physical health and good mental wellbeing and that this can also influence their ability to learn.
Teachers should cover self-care, the benefits of physical activity and time spent outdoors. This should be linked to information on the benefits of sufficient sleep, good nutrition and strategies for building resilience.”

We take the physical and emotional health of our students and staff very seriously. Health is one of the three core themes in their PSHE provision as is also addressed in assemblies, workshops and form time. We follow guidance from the Department for Education and provide lessons and material of the following core themes:

  1. Mental health and wellbeing
  2. Internet Safety and harms
  3. Physical health and fitness
  4. Healthy eating
  5. Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
  6. Health and prevention
  7. Basic first aid
  8. The changing adolescent body