Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education is a vital aspect of our work at Cloughwood. It is the only subject area which is taught in vertically streamed groups with older students being able to mentor younger pupils and sometimes vice versa. It is taught by all Teachers and Teaching Assistants. The programme is based on two key elements; the first being the curriculum content which looks specifically at areas such as Knife crime, Alcohol and drugs abuse, community, diversity, risk and risk management, financial capability, career planning, managing change and transition, enterprise, relationships and developing self-esteem. The second element is based around key skills which pupils are expected to develop. These are under the headings of critical reflection, decision making and taking risk and developing relationships and working with others. The aim is to create situations which enable students to be able to reflect critically on their own values, develop self-awareness, manage feelings and emotions effectively, know where and when to get help and ultimately use knowledge and understanding to make informed choices about health, safety and well- being.
Sex and Relationships Education is taught discretely within the curriculum and is delivered in age appropriate groups. The students follow the Christopher Winter SRE programme. This has a strong focus on relationships and their importance and contains modules relating to sex education in the context of successful, loving, positive and nurturing relationships. The school nurse is also involved in the sex and relationships education strand through specific age appropriate workshops relating to Contraception, sexually transmitted infections, and aspects of sexual health.
As part of the PSHEE programme students are also involved in the The Learning outside the classroom initiative. These experiences support learning and have included work with the Salvation Army, team building/ self esteem building in high ropes courses and experiences of other cultures and environments including the Chinese Cultural Centre in Manchester and Buddhist, Islamic and Christian places of worship. Students are given the experience of presenting in front of peers in weekly assemblies.