Support the teaching of Personal and Social Health Education (PSHE)
This can include: delivering lessons, team teaching and modelling lessons in all or some year groups.
Topics may include:
- Sex and Relationships Education (e.g. puberty, friendships, hygiene, relationships, body image, lifecycles)
- Drug Education (e.g. drug awareness, medicines, keeping safe, alcohol, tobacco and smoking, peer pressure, assertiveness)
- Emotional Health and Wellbeing (e.g. loss and bereavement, self esteem, emotions, cooperation, change)
- Healthy lifestyles (healthy eating, physical exercise, how the body works, hygiene).
All lessons are tailor-made to suit the needs and make-up of individual classes and involve opportunities for needs’ assessment and evaluation. In addition, HELS can bring along local health professionals to co-deliver some lessons and answer pupils’ questions.
“Thank you for all your hard work and support. Your expertise and professionalism is outstanding in supporting less experienced teachers, modelling lessons and helping teachers with ideas and resources. Look forward to seeing you next year.” Personal and Social Health Education Coordinator
“The HELS team show great enthusiasm for the subject. They demonstrate excellent teaching strategies that teachers can easily develop. The resources and creative nature of lessons allow teachers to feel more confident in their teaching. It is also useful to use the HELS team to carry out teaching of areas that teachers feel less confident in teaching, e.g. SRE.” PSHE Coordinator
“I have learnt that being healthy isn’t just a healthy diet but how happy you are inside with yourself.” Year 8 pupil
Support with policies and schemes of work
This can include:
- facilitating needs’ assessments with pupils and helping staff to collate and analyse responses
- updating policies with key members of staff and governors
- consulting staff and developing schemes of work
- disseminating documents to parents/carers
This can include:
- staff INSET on Sex and Relationships, Drug Education or Emotional Health and Wellbeing, as well as Stress Management events. These would be identified from the staff needs’ assessment
- tailored training to meet the individual needs of the staff group to include strategies, resources and hands-on activities to help increase staff confidence and subject knowledge
- work can also be done with groups of staff in response to a difficult issue within the school, e.g. major staff change or bereavement
“This was one of the best after school INSETs I’ve been to. Just the right balance between support, information and challenge. I don’t know what I would have said if the children had asked me questions straight out.” Primary school teacher