Personal and Social Development
Director of Welfare: Mrs H E Keevil.
PSD at Epsom within the total curriculum:
The PSD department has a dedicated, highly interested team of teachers to deliver the course.
PSD4Life at Epsom aims to support the Headmaster's vision that the Epsom College experience is a "whole rounded education, not merely performance in the classroom". The course stimulates the pupils' "personal growth" alongside their "academic development", providing them with "skills for life" during their 7 years at Epsom in preparation for their life beyond.
The "vitality" that the pupils possess alongside the "boundless opportunities" that we present to them ensures that we as teachers can add "enrichment" by helping them improve their lifestyle choices. Helping them make the right decisions for them as individuals allows them to flourish and thrive thanks to our support through a series of assemblies by HMMs and HoYs, voluntary and compulsory talks and discussion groups, tutorials and individual meetings on a wide range of subjects. Parental involvement is key and thus parenting workshops and forums take place regularly throughout the terms.
For each individual pupil, we aim to consider his or her physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Through motivation and self-reflection, we encourage them to make the best of their potential now and in the future, using their resources in a positive way. In doing this they will gain a better understanding of themselves and of others, learning how to cope with set backs, learning to use their strengths and build on their weaknesses and progress forwards through inner resilience and being happy in their own skin.
How can we quantify the pupils' progress and achievement in PSD?
They provide us with valuable feedback whether that be verbal, written evaluation of lessons or self-evaluation of their performance or contribution in class.
The PSD course on Character Education for all M4 pupils is part of the carousel during the 3 terms of their first year at Epsom. These sessions explore themes such as settling in, identity, thoughtfulness, mindfulness, developing their emotional intelligence, nurturing positive relationships with peers, teachers and family, tolerance of others, confidentiality, active listening skills which will lead to a full peer-mentoring scheme across all year groups in the future. U4/5th form pupils opt in to developing their skills further as a voluntary co-curricular activity. 6th form PSD is also delivered by a dedicated team of teachers, including regular lectures from external expert speakers. 6th formers can also opt in to a peer mentoring activity.
PSD4LIFE is taught in timetabled lessons and elements of the course are also delivered through HoYs and HMMs and tutors in houses.
For each individual pupil, we aim to consider his or her physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. Through motivation and self-reflection, we encourage them to make the best of their potential now and in the future, using their resources in a positive way. In doing this they will gain a better understanding of themselves and of others, learning how to cope with setbacks, learning to use their strengths and build on their weaknesses and progress forwards through inner resilience and being happy in their own skin.
Follow the links below to learn more about PSD at Epsom College.
Self Awareness, Mindfulness and Academic Resilience
Health and Personal Development
Law and Crime
Health and Personal Development
PSD at Epsom exists as a 6th Form activity. Topics discussed include: resilience, coaching and wellbeing, discussing school policies and pupils' on line behaviour, training to become a cybermentor, stress and anxiety, watching and responding to TED talks, Maslow's hierarchy of needs, motivating teenagers in the classroom and how your environment affects your behaviour, peer mentoring, mindfulness, Dweck's Fixed v Growth Mindset.
Head of Department
Mrs H E Keevil, BA (Exeter)
Mrs S L Church-Jones BA (Exeter)
M C Conway MA (Cantab), PGCE
A Day BSc (UWE), MEd (Cantab)
G Greenbury MA (Cantab), EdM (Harvard), MA (Warwick), PGCE (Warwick)
Mrs K Hancock BSc (London School of Economics), PGCE (Sussex)
P Henson, BA, MA (De Montfort)
C I Holiday, BEd (Leeds), ACP
B Macdowel MTheol (St Andrews)
N Russell MA (Liverpool)
M RuxtonBSc (Birmingham)
Ms T St-Clair-Ford MA (Cantab), MA (Chichester)
Dr R Storey BSc (Dunelm), PhD (King's College London)
Ms A Venables BSc (Bristol)
Various classrooms and Drama studios
Websites and recommended reading
Your Daughter - A Guide for Raising Girls - The Girls' Schools Association Harper Collins
Dr Roger Morgan - Children's Rights Director - ofsted.gov.uk Boarding Schools
Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting: The Revolutionary Programme that Transforms Family Life by Noël Janis Norton published by John Murray 10 May
www.isma.org.uk - International Stress Management
www.nutrihealing.co.uk - Nutri Healing and Mind Serenity is a Surrey based practice to help improve your health, nutrition and mind.
National Institute of Clinical Effectiveness guidelines - CBT Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
Eating Disorders Association
www.lifesigns.org.uk - raises awareness about self-injury and how to help others deal with it
Samaritans 08457 90 90 90
Childline 0800 11 11
www.mind.org.uk - helps to promote the understanding of mental health issues
www.boysadrift.com - raising motivation and achievement in boys
www.playinitsafe.co.uk - sex advice for young people
Other useful websites:
www.talktofrank.com - all matters about drugs
www.patient.co.uk - for medical information and support
www.fpa.org.uk - more than just family planning
www.parentchannel.tv - parenting support
www.brook.org.uk - sex and relationships education and support
www.ocdaction.org.uk - obsessive compulsive disorder
www.relate.org.uk - has section on teenage counselling
www.teenagehealthfreak.co.uk - teenage health advice
www.youngminds.org.uk/for_parents - young people's mental health and wellbeing
www.nshn.co.uk - self harm network
www.kidscape.org.uk - preventing bullying and child sex abuse
PSD organises regular parenting workshops for parents of junior and senior pupils with Alicia Drummond. We also host the annual MOSA Conference, inviting medical professionals to lecture to school GPs on topics such as adolescent headaches, advances in contraception, managing eating disorders, orthopaedic problems in teenagers and public health in public schools.
The Department invites external professional speakers to the College to address pupils on alcohol and its dangers (Dr Aric Sigman), Bob Tait, who spoke about the effects of drugs on a teenager's life and Jeremy Thomas who talked about the importance of staying sane in an insane world, promoting positive mental health.
Regular awareness days feature in the calendar to promote national and international events. 2016-17 will include:
Regular awareness days feature in the calendar to promote national and international events. 2015-16 will include:
World Mental Health Day Monday 10 Oct 2016
Anti-Bullying Week Monday 7 Nov 2016
International Men's Day Saturday 19 Nov 2016
Safer Internet Day Tuesday 7 Feb 2017
International Women's Day Wednesday 8 March 2017