At the Warren School we aim to deliver PSCHE through tutor times. The aim is to ensure that the PSCHE programme helps students to lead confident and healthy lives both as individuals and as members of the wider community while developing their spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness.
PSCHE gives students the opportunities to reflect on their experiences and how they are developing. It helps them to understand and responsibly manage a wide range of relationships as they get older and to show respect for diversity and differences between people.
Through work in lesson time and a wide range of activities beyond the curriculum including outside speakers, students gain practical knowledge and skills to help them live healthy lives and to deal with the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues they face as they approach adulthood. Sex & Relationships education is to be delivered by specialists in hour long sessions during SRE weeks throughout the year. As a result, PSHCE seeks to help students to:
- Develop confidence, independence, responsibility and personal identity
- Make the most of their abilities
- Develop healthy, safe lifestyles
- Develop good relationships and to respect the differences between people
- Develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will help them to become effective and active members of the community
The specific units that are followed in each year group are:
- Year 7 – Bullying, Healthy Lifestyles, Community, Values, SRE and Drugs Education, Body Changes and Puberty
- Year 8 – Safety, Relationships, Global Politics, Crime, Stereotyping, SRE and Drugs Education, Puberty & Relationships
- Year 9 – Safety, The Environment, Global Citizenship, Options, SRE and Drugs Education, Consent, the law, are you ready for relationships, Contraception and Sexually transmitted infections
- Year 10 – Safety, Global Issues, Rights and Responsibilities, The EU, SRE and Drugs Education, Consent, the law, are you ready and realistic/ unrealistic expectations, Contraception and Sexually transmitted infections
- Year 11 – CVs, Interview techniques, Global Issues, SRE and Drugs Education
- Year 12 – Personal Statements, Thinking & Research Skills, Extended Writing Skills – essays and research, looking at Universities, Relationships, SRE and Drugs Education, Body image, SRE, Consent & the law, Gender & Sexuality, Drugs & Alcohol, Weapons, Stop & Search, First Aid, Road Safety, Financial Systems, Tax, Stocks & Currency, Democracy & Political systems, Human Rights, Legal Systems, Debating and Student Campaigning. Careers, UCAS applications, Personal Statements etc. are also covered through Future Pathways
- Year 13 – UCAS Applications, Thinking & Research Skills, Global Issues, Relationships, SRE and Drugs Education, Body image, SRE, Consent & the law, Gender & Sexuality, Drugs & Alcohol, Weapons, Stop & Search, First Aid, Road Safety, Financial Systems, Tax, Stocks & Currency, Democracy & Political systems, Human Rights, Legal Systems, Debating and Student Campaigning. Careers, UCAS applications, Personal Statements etc. are also covered through Future Pathways
In Key Stages 3 and 4, these topics are covered in 15 minute sessions at the end of the day.
At Key Stage 5, the students have a 1 hour session each week.
This is all done in the knowledge that the Warren School produces happy, healthy students with an insight into the world they live in.
For more information about the PSCHE programme of study please visit the PSHE association website https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/resources_search_details.aspx?ResourceId=495
PSCHE and British Values
The notion of British Values is also incorporated within and embedded within the curriculum. The five part definition of British Values is:
- The rule of Law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual Respect
- Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
With these values in mind, we aim for students to leave Warren as well rounded individuals, promoting the very strong British values of respecting other students of different faiths and races. They are equipped to deal with life in modern Britain. This helps them to understand and responsibly manage a wide range of relationships as they get older and to show respect for diversity. This is especially important at Warren where there are approximately 50 languages spoken as a mother tongue.
The concept of democracy is woven into the programme with elections being held for the Student Councils, Cabinet and the School Parliament with the students respecting the final decisions that are made. The recent General Election and Brexit vote allowed the students to debate, argue and defend their positions with the realisation that the majority vote wins. We will emulate this process again for the forthcoming mayoral elections developing the concept of democracy.
Safe Drive Stay Alive
On 4th May our sixth form pupils took part in a pilot follow up question and answer session with the Borough Accident Prevention Officer and Martin Golding from ‘Safe Drive Stay Alive’. Martin was the passenger in a road traffic collision that was caused as the result of a friend drink driving. Pupils first saw Martin present in February at the Borough talk and since then they’ve had time to consider what they’d like to ask him. Pupils asked a range of questions including:
- How did you feel when you first had to get in a car after the accident?
- What do you miss the most about your old life?
- Do you still socialise with the people you were friends with before the accident?
- How has your life changed?
Pupils were able to reflect upon the experiences Martin had and the challenges he faces as the result of a single moment. He had a clear message that we are ultimately all responsible for our own actions and it is always our responsibility to keep ourselves safe.
“He was so brave to come and share his story with us. It makes me think a lot more about not just driving but also as a passenger and pedestrian the importance of staying safe. I’m looking at starting driving lessons soon and the lessons I’ve learnt from these sessions will certainly stay with me every time I get behind the wheel.” Beatrice Sturman, year 12.
“It made me consider how people take life for granted and how things can change at any moment” Dilan Taylor, year 12.
As a school we’d like to thank both Martin and Penny for coming in to speak to our pupils.
To celebrate National Careers Week (6th to 11th March 2017), we invited 16 professionals from industry to give short presentations to our students and parents on Tuesday 7th March 2017 from 5pm to 7pm. Students and their parents from Year 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 attended this informative event, which inspired our students by providing advice and guidance about their future career path.
Over a 1000 pupils took part in special assemblies on Monday morning 6th March to explore universities and apprenticeships. The special assemblies were delivered by Sandra Baerens, Coventry University and Mark Luxford, Apprenticeship Job Broker from Barking and Dagenham.
All students, during Form PSCHE time, also had the opportunity to discuss career pathways and investigated job profiles from the National Careers Service website. Students looked into which skills and qualifications were need to get into that job, what the work would be like, the average salary you could expect and what the career prospects are. Apprenticeships were also explored.
A big thank you to the following presenters who attended our Futures Evening: Ms C Fyfe: Coventry University; Mr M Goodyear: Thomas Arnold Primary School; Ms K Viscardi: Engineering – London South Bank University; Ms A Ali and Ms E Bonilla: Architecture – Gardiner & Theobald LLP; Ms S Parker / Mr D Crewe: Publishing – Penguin Random House UK; PC Halleron : School based Police officer; Dr K Ahmed: Hermitage Clinic; Mr G Singh: Optometry – National Health Service; Mr C Martin: Project management – VITAL Energi; Mr K Tewari: Commercial Banking – Lloyds Banking Group; Mr J Johnson: London Ambulance Service; Ms A Charles: Management – Diva on a Harley; Ms R Tapp; Volunteering services – Early Help Service.
Thank you to the following colleagues who supported to make this a success: Mr Smith, Mrs Fleming-wood, Mr Adams, Ms Windsor, Mrs Hutchings, Ms Hand, Mr Vannini, Mr Lall, Mrs Mear, Mrs Parkes, Mr Ekwalla, Mr Graffham, Mrs Lyus, Ms Lawless, SLT, Admin, facilities team and our new catering service.
Feedback and comments from some our students include:
“It was amazing and as soon as I got home I went on the websites and was already planning” Chloe
“Futures Evening was very interesting and great. It has really helped me a lot and really helped me in setting my future straight as I want to be a dentist” Chanelle
“The Future evening was very helpful, helping me choose my university” Eduard
Feedback and comments from some of the presenters include:
“I thought this event was well organised and well managed. The children were engaged and thoughtful about their questions. I thought it worked really well to have the younger children in the sessions too. It gives them great insight as they start to think about their choices for GCSE and A Levels and helps them make informed decisions already. Hopefully it also inspires and sparks ideas of what is possible for their future” Alison Charles, Managing Director, Diva on a Harley.
“It was a pleasure to take part in this event. It was very well organised and the students and staff were extremely helpful. It was great that there were refreshments available. The students that were in my group conducted themselves very well and I hope that it benefited them and provided some useful insight into the dental profession” Dr Kamil Ahmed, Hermitage Clinic.
“The students were polite, engaged and attentive during both presentations and we were pleased that they showed interest by asking lots of questions following the presentation. I think the event was well organised, easy going and I particularly liked that we had a ‘buddy’ with us at all times, this made it easy to raise any queries and concerns we might’ve had prior to giving the presentation” Estefania Bonilla, Assistant Surveyor, GARDINER & THEOBALD LLP.
Mr A. Uddin
School Wide CPR Training – A School of Lifesavers
This year it is our aim to train up the next generation of life savers, teaching basic first aid and CPR to students and staff across the school. So far we have trained well in excess of 250 people and we hope to reach near the 600 mark by the end of the school year.
All sixth form students took part in a 7 week First Aid Course and assessment in their PSCHE lessons and we are delighted to say that not only did nearly every student pass but nearly half the students completed with a distinction.
In years 7-11 we are running CPR and primary survey workshops and on successful completion students get a “CPR Trained” badge and certificate in acknowledgement of their new skills. We are looking at new ways to extend this work into our local community and hope to have some exciting news to share soon.
These sessions are clearly having an impact as we have already received feedback on how students have used their new found skills to help others:
“I was on his way home and he saw a girl on the floor at a bus stop in Becontree. Everyone was just getting off the bus and ignoring her. I checked if she was ok and checked to see if she was breathing. I asked another member of the public to help me put the girl in the recovery position and then called for an ambulance and monitored her. An out of uniform police offer showed me his badge and then took over. The police officer said how well I had done for helping and putting her in the recovery position, and reaffirmed that it was the right thing to do. The ambulance arrived and took her to hospital.”
Road Safety Assembly
From Monday 27th February to Monday 6th March each year in the school received a road safety assembly. They were presented by the Borough’s accident prevention officer; Penny Taberman alongside a student from the Warren who was involved in a road traffic accident 3 years ago. The assemblies have focused on facts and figures about teenagers on British roads and how students can improve their own personal safety, as well as showing CCTV footage of an accident near the school site. The video is being shown at the request of the parents of the student involved and is there to help raise awareness of how quickly things can go wrong when concentration is lost. The students then had the opportunity to have a question and answer session with the young person who was involved and learnt about how his accident impacted not just him but also his family, the people who witnessed it and the driver who hit him.
“I will definitely be using the crossing in the future.”
“There’s always loads of staff outside at the end of the day making sure we use the crossings but this has made me think about all the roads I cross and from now on I’ll be taking off my headphones.”
Diversity Role Models
On Thursday 8th & Friday 9th December we welcomed Diversity Role Models back into the Warren School to deliver another 2 days of their outstanding workshops. DRM are an equalities and anti-bullying charity that focus on LGBT issues and do this through a combination of education, getting students to meet members of the LGBT community, listening to their stories and asking them questions. All of the role models are volunteers who gave up their time for free to come in and speak to our young people. Last academic year we worked with them extensively with them as they provided training for our year 9 students, all staff, some of our governors and consulted on our policies. They were extremely impressed with how far our students and school have come since their last visit. It was lovely to hear their role models say how safe and welcomed they felt not just by the staff and students but by the displays and atmosphere in the school.
This year they worked with the entire of year 9, 60 sixth formers and our ARP/SEN students across all years. The sessions were well received and the feedback from the students was excellent. Our students are extremely open minded and we have worked hard to build a culture of acceptance of difference, respect and individual liberty within the school. It was fantastic to see that this put into action when around 75% of our students said they would support a friend if they came out as LGBT at the start of the session, raising to near 100% by the end of the session. In addition to this 97% of students who attended the sessions have pledged to stop using homophobic, biphobic or transphobic language. The school equalities committee will be continuing this message in the New Year with a student campaign and we hope to keep building momentum to ensure that everyone is able to feel happy, respected and accepted regardless of difference.
“Thank you so much for coming and sharing your story with us, you are truly inspirational and I will never forget your message” – 2 year 9 students to a role model
“Simply not using homophobic, biphobic or transphobic language is not enough, we need to go further so that we are not just not using this language but we are also challenging others when we hear them use it. If you hear something and say nothing then you are part of the problem rather than the solution” – Year 12 student during a session.
“If as West Ham fan I can be friends with a spurs fan then why would I even care if my friend is gay?” – ARP student
“I think that was one of the best sessions I’ve ever seen! Your students were so engaged, passionate, articulate and educated on LGBT+ matters”. – Gemma Curtis, Head of Education for Diversity Role Models.
If you would like more information on DRM please see: www.diversityrolemodels.org
More information about our student led campaign will be out in January.
Head of PSCHE
Tender Project – Domestic Violence in Teenage Relationships
As a school we were fortunate enough to benefit from a two day workshop with Tender (a charitable trust that work with thousands of you people each year). 30 year 8 students worked with the theatre in education practitioners Bobby and Lauren to create a piece of theatre that would tackle the issue of unhealthy relationships and help to support our students as they develop.
The students showed a huge degree of maturity through their involvement, engagement and reactions to the sensitive subject matters. The issues were explored through discussions, games, brain storming, facts and drama and they covered a range of topics including sexual violence, FGM, consent and various forms of physical and psychological abuse. The students impressed the workshop leaders with their well thought out and reflective approach to discussion and the new information they had been given.
At the end of the workshops they presented their piece to their peers in 2 special assemblies for the entire of their year group. For many of these students this was their first experience of speaking in front of more than just their class and for some of them it was their first time performing to anyone outside of their drama lessons. The students involved in the project came from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences and it was this real combination of skills and knowledge that helped to make the performances so successful. In performing back to the entire year group they were able to share the messages they had learnt with over 200 students and help other young people recognise the signs of abuse and unhealthy relationships much sooner. It is our hope that having taken part in these workshops it will enable our students to stay safe throughout their lives and seek help quickly if they feel they are entering into a negative or unhealthy relationship.
“It was amazing – we learnt so much and I feel empowered to make sure that none of my friends, family or myself are ever put in that position”
We would like to thank Tender and the London councils project for allowing us to access this fully funded project.
Diversity Role Models – Tackling homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying
As a school we are extremely proud to be part of a project working with Diversity Role Models to tackle all forms of discrimination and HBT bullying. This is a wide ranging project that has involved training for school governors, teaching and support staff in addition to 2 days of workshops for pupils to take part in.
On Thursday 16th & Friday 17th June every student in year 9 along with some from years 8 & 10 met with diversity role models – a group of volunteers who come into schools to tackle the causes of HBT bullying. Students looked at gender stereotyping, inappropriate and appropriate use of language as well as hearing the stories of members of the LGBT community who had joined them for the day. Students were able to ask questions to these role models and they were clearly touched by the stories they heard. The students saying they would no longer use homophobic, biphobic or transphobic language.
The role models came from a range of backgrounds with lesbian, bisexual, transgender and the gay community all represented and all with their own stories to tell. All of the role models had experienced some sort of HBT bullying in their lives but their message overall was an extremely positive one. These sessions are not a one off and we will be continuing our work on this topic over the coming months and years. The pupil feedback was excellent:
“Respect others and let them be who they were born to be!”
“I learnt that you can’t judge a book by its cover – everyone has their own story”
“Language can really hurt, even when you’re only joking and it wasn’t meant that way. It has made me really think about the things I say in the future”
For support, help & advice please see any of your teachers, year care team or Miss Lyus. Alternatively you could take a look at these useful links:
Miss Lyus – PSHE/ SMSC
St. John Ambulance Big First Aid Lesson
On Friday 17th June the entire school took part in St. John ambulance’s big first aid lesson. The students watched the interactive live lesson which was streamed across the country into thousands of classrooms. First aid is such an important skill for everyone to learn and through this stream it was not only the students who benefited but also the staff who received training at the same time. As the majority of accidents happen in the home these are skills that our staff and students can use not just to benefit the school or their own communities but also their family and friends. Each student who took part will receive a certificate of awareness from St. John ambulance. Through the live stream students looked at the diagnosis and initial treatment of:
“We learnt how to treat someone who has been stung and had a bad reaction to it as well as recover from a seizure” – Brandell, year 9
“I now know what to do in an emergency situation and I feel confident that I could help someone if they were choking, had a seizure or were stung badly” – Nicola, year 9
“I’m confident that I could help someone if they were choking now. Before I probably would’ve panicked and had to call for someone else” – Caleb, year 7
In addition to receiving this initial training students then had the opportunity to learn CPR and practice it on resuscitation manikins kindly provided by Mr Uddin through his role with the Rainham and South Hornchurch branch of St. John Ambulance. This is the first time we have taken part in this event and the feedback from students was overwhelmingly positive so we look forward to taking part in further training with our students in the future.
Miss Lyus & Mr Uddin
Theatre In Education Project
Arc theatre group specialises in creating and performing theatre that challenges assumptions and changes the way that people relate to each other in the community. Pupils were inspired by the workshops and were engaged when exploring issues in the field of diversity, inclusion, education, criminal justice and community cohesion. The Arc theatre company has helped year 9 pupils to develop a range of learning strategies including story-telling and interactive forum theatre. As a pioneering organisation the workshops have enabled Warren pupils to learn about current affairs and therefore become instrumental in bringing the issues of football hooliganism, gun crime and Homophobia to the forefront of public awareness. All pupils were thoroughly engaged in the sessions and showed enthusiasm when answering questions, challenging ideas, devising drama and forming opinions on social issues. The standard of the work was impressive and it was interesting for me to see pupils develop when given leadership roles within groups. Our pupils are political, charismatic and creative and this becomes prevalent when they are given the opportunity to make a difference. It is important that we capture their imaginations and give them enriching experiences to promote lifelong learning and a thirst for emotional and social development.
Miss Hemlall – PHSE
“Doing the ARC workshop has helped me feel more confident about issues that I found difficult to discuss”
“Issues such as rape and Homophobia are controversial but if it helps others then I want to be a part of this project”