Sixth Form PSHE


At Thomas Bennett we strongly believe that every young person has the right to information that will keep them healthy and safe. PSHE is an important and necessary part of the sixth form curriculum and provides the opportunity for students to reflect on the world they are living in, equipping them with essential life skills. The aim of the programme at TBCC is to provide a broad curriculum that covers issues that are relevant to students and will have impact on them as they grow and change as individuals. Sixth form students are at a point in their lives when they are faced with the prospect of taking on more responsibility and making some big decisions, the aim is to support them with this. The programme is designed to guide students through the process of settling in to sixth form life and, later on, applying to university, preparing themselves to enter the world of work or take on an apprenticeship.

Every student in the sixth form at TBCC will study PSHE. All students will attend a 20 mins session scheduled once per week during tutor time, led by Academic Supervisors. In addition to this sixth form students will also be participating in 5 whole school de-timetabled days scheduled across the school year which will further deepen their knowledge and understanding of the our 3 central themes. Sessions will be delivered using a range of teaching strategies and relevant resources.

There are 3 themes central to the PSHE curriculum in the sixth form at TBCC:

Healthy Body & Mind

These sessions will cover a variety of topics designed to safeguard our students including what is meant by a healthy lifestyle, how to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing and manage risks to these, the impact of lifestyle choices on the human body, including information on drugs and alcohol, sex and relationships education, and how to respond in an emergency. As part of these sessions students will be provided with a wealth of information and resources on professional bodies that can be approached for help and support in all areas of maintaining a healthy body and mind.

Economic Well Being and Planning For The Future (IAG)

This unit will run throughout the year and will help students to develop their understanding of the world of work and the career choices that are available to them. Part of this programme will involve exploring options for further education, training (apprenticeships) and employment and students will plan and prepare for their next steps after TBCC. There will be support and assistance for all students to apply to the UCAS programme and regular information and opportunities for students who are planning to start an apprenticeship or move into the world of work. There will also be sessions on managing money and the importance of keeping it safe as well as student finance for those students moving on to higher education.

British Values and Religious Views

Through these sessions students will develop their understanding of British values and their wider community including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. Students will learn about and understand a range of religions and world views and then move on to express ideas and insights about the nature, significance and impact of these religions and world views