Five tried and tested PSHE workshops ideas for a KS4 or KS5 Wellbeing Focus Day
Posted by Jordan Kenison on January 1, 2020
For our students to be at their most successful whether it is while they are at school or later in life we need to ensure they have the tools and knowledge to make the right decisions and maximise their potential. When creating a Wellbeing Day for my KS5 students. I looked at this from a holistic perspective covering students emotional, physical and mental wellbeing. While I had my own ideas on what my students needed, as I had been finding it alarming how many have been saying that they are struggling with sleep at night despite them saying that they had been keeping off their mobile phones. I did ask students what they would like to see in a PSHE day and got a wide range of topics including helping them to manage stress and sexual health.
I kept the format of the day similar to the school day and had 3 x 50-minute sessions and then a longer session for a keynote speaker after lunch. The sessions were delivered well and lots of information was gained by students. However, two of the sessions would have benefited from being 90 minutes plus.
Here was the day in a nutshell:
Session 1: Stress:ed by Well Minded
Session 2: Consent with Solace Women’s Aid
Session 3: Fitness workshops delivered by Kings College London
Session 4: Sexual Health Evelina London School Nursing Service
Keynote speaker: Hayley Mulenda the author of The ABCs to Student Success.
Session 1: Stress:ed by Well Minded
Yasmin’s workshop takes an honest look at how students perceive their self worth and value. The workshops explored the influence of the media and family, friends and how this impacts on how students feel about themselves and how this links to stress.
Feedback from a teacher ‘I found this session very relevant to KS5 students. Students were very attentive and engaged and enjoying the session. It is clear the content and delivery were all well planned and pitched. The session just needs to be a little longer!’
This session was delivered extremely well by Olivia. She created an atmosphere in which students felt they could openly discuss their opinions. Olivia expertly and sensitively challenged students on their opinions if their views were necessary. The session consisted mostly of group or whole-class discussion however did have a couple of kinesthetic activities and great use of scenarios to frame discussions. The session allowed for myths to be debunked and for ideas of students to be challenged in a positive and no confrontational way.
Feedback from teachers ‘Olivia created an environment in which students felt safe. Several resources were provided so students could answer questions and not get the answers incorrect which helped to create more discussion. She constantly checked to ensure students understood and there was a great use of questioning to ensure students were not spoonfed. This session could have benefited from more time.’
Session 3: Fitness workshops delivered by Kings College London (Free)
The session was delivered by Flyory a PhD student and a trained Personal Trainer. She is passionate and relatable to students. The session was focused on the need to ensure that students they are looking after their physical wellbeing as this can have a dramatic impact on their academic success and mental health. The session also explored the importance of sleep and the impacts on their wellbeing. The discussion was framed around Boxfit and other circuit activities.
Session 4: Sexual Health Evelina London School Nursing Service (Free)
This session was delivered by the school nurse. The session explored STD’s, gender, sexting and contraception. The nurse had the demonstrators so students could get ‘hands-on’ experience of putting on condoms. It was also a great way for all students to meet the school nurse and her to begin building a rapport with them and increase the chances of future engagement.
Feedback from a teacher ‘The subject knowledge of the nurse was excellent. She built an excellent rapport with students and the girls felt comfortable to ask questions. I would highly recommend this session to someone else’
Keynote speaker: Hayley Munda the author of The ABCs to Student Success.
For this session, we had a mixture of KS4 and KS5 pupils attend.
Hayley has been a public speaker since the age of 16. She discussed her personal journey and struggles with mental health when she entered university and realised that she lacked a support network. The talks covered the need for there to be more open discussion regarding Mental Health in the BME community, the importance of friendship and also how mental health fluctuates in the face of personal challenges.
Hayley is a woman of faith and for our students, it was fantastic for them to be able to connect with her on many levels. As a female, someone of faith and from a similar ethnic background. The talk has opened up the opportunity for dialogue for their students with both their peers and staff.
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