Bristnall Hall Academy, Bristnall Hall Lane, Oldbury, West Midlands, B68 9PA
Area Leader: Mrs A Jackson
PSHE is specific to our students needs identified within our pastoral system.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) offers the opportunity for discussion and debate of topics that may be of interest to students particularly those from different faith groups. The different viewpoints and world views within our diverse student community allow for rich and interesting discussion. We dedicate a PSHE lesson studying cultures, religions and beliefs to help raise awareness of the diverse world around us.
Whilst promoting social cohesion, PSHE equips students with the tools they need to navigate varying social situations with confidence, prioritising their personal safety. For example: Identifying healthy relationships, online safety and the risks of drugs and alcohol (supported by DECCA and the Project 12 initiative).
Working in conjunction with Brook (sexual health services) students are encouraged to consider moral issues around consent and forced marriage. Crime and Punishment is considered as a topic both in PSHE and assemblies, where students consider the consequences of crime but also hear stories from motivational speakers who have left behind a life of crime.
Within PSHE students explore different cultures and religions and are encouraged to respect the beliefs of others. This falls in line with the cohesive community promoted within the Academy. They also investigate the structure of the UK Government and how democracy functions within UK society.
BHA Skills and Attributes Development
Student high aspirations – Within PSHE all students will have the opportunity to explore career options, considering their individual talents, interests and abilities. Higher up the school they will also have the opportunity to complete application forms for Further Education, employment and Curriculum Vitae’s. Helping students develop a goal to strive for motivates and inspires students to achieve their potential and beyond. Students at Bristnall Hall Academy have access to a dedicated Connexions advisor who is on hand to offer support and guidance with post sixteen education and careers advice.
Effective communication skills – PSHE offers excellent opportunity for discussion, debate and group work. Students are encouraged to be good listeners and to carefully consider other people’s points of view.
Ability to lead and be a good team player – Both Year Assemblies and PSHE lessons are used to communicate the value of teamwork. Students are encouraged to consider their place on a team and what strengths they bring to a group situation. During PSHE lessons students are encouraged to take the lead during group work and this responsibility is rotated to give all students a taste of leadership responsibility. Personal safety lessons empower students to make the right choices in varying situations but also to support and report incidents where the safety of others may be compromised.
Valuing diversity and difference – A key aspect of the PSHE curriculum is the importance of valuing and celebrating the diversity and difference found in the Academy, the local community, our nation and in the world. Whether it be differences in race, opinion, beliefs, sexual orientation or outward appearance, the value of every unique individual is consistently emphasised through both PSHE lessons, assemblies and Community Police workshops.
Pride/respect in themselves/community – A key part of having respect for yourself is being aware you have the power to make your own decisions. PSHE empowers students with the knowledge they need to make good, healthy decisions in a number of areas – for example personal relationships, drugs, alcohol, mental health and personal safety.
Self-management skills – Students in PSHE lessons are expected to manage their time to complete tasks to a deadline and manage their work so they can refer to it at a later date.
Confidence and resilience – PSHE offers an excellent opportunity for students to work on areas where they may lack confidence or resilience. A good example of this would be confidence in speaking in front of a group or developing emotional and mental resilience through discussions regarding mental health.
Problem solving and negotiation skills – Debating topics within PSHE and discussing problems within our community and world gives students the opportunity to practise their problem solving and negotiating skills.
More Able Students: As PSHE is a non-examined subject, it is not possible to give quantitative outcomes. The nature of the subject matter means all students will benefit, regardless of ability, as PSHE is about developing a positive world view and life skills to enable young people to become confident and competent adults. More able students should be able to engage with the material at a deeper level and may spend longer evaluating more complex spiritual, social, moral and cultural issues.
All years in PSHE follow the same general structure, with age-appropriate content:
Safety & Vulnerability*
Gender and Healthy Relationships*
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT)
*within the Project 12 Initiative
Extremism & Radicalisation
Crime & Punishment
Drugs and Alcohol (Supported by DECCA)
Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Sexual Relationships and Consent (Supported by Brook)
Culture and Religious Beliefs
Government and Policy