PSHE is integrated into the Sixth Form Tutor Programme. The three key areas of focus are: Study Skills, Employability Skills and Life Skills. Full details of these skills are available in our prospectus under ‘Pastoral Programme‘. To support this provision we also hold an annual PSHE Day.
The Year 12 PSHE Day is based on Risk Awareness where the Academy utilises its excellent links with local charities and organisations and invites them to share their work and stories with students. For instance, in 2017, the academy welcomed representatives from Travis Perkins/Wickes to discuss the dangers lorries can have on other road users. Local Kwik-Fit mechanics also gave students a crash course on car maintenance. In addition, the 3D driving awareness course gave students the chance to see how alcohol effects hazard perception, by having students manoeuvre a go-kart through a track using visual impairment goggles. For the second year running, the sixth form also welcomed representatives from both West Midlands Fire Service, who highlighted the choices students have as potential drivers and passengers, and members of the Umbrella Organisation, a charity who offer a non-judgmental, factual and active-based approach to sexual health education.
Year 13 PSHE Day covers key topics focussing on the students’ lives after Tudor Grange. Our sixth form has developed a network with the Michael Page Marketing Agency who provide careers workshops to the whole year on: employability skills; positive use of social media; protecting your digital footprint; and interview techniques. Each student also attends a session on awareness of sexual consent. The final part of the day focuses on the students’ specific needs for their future ambitions. Mr Orr delivers UCAS support, Mrs Sweetman assists those applying for apprenticeships and a variety of staff each delivers talks on different facets of university life, including how to learn effectively and how to budget for those pursuing the higher education route.