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Personal and Social Development

Assistant Head: Pupil Welfare: Mrs H E Keevil.
Email: helen.keevil@epsomcollege.org.uk

PSD at Epsom within the total curriculum:

The PSD department has a dedicated, highly interested team of teachers to deliver the courses.

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 seven years at Epsom, in preparation for their life beyond.

The vitality 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. The support we offer - through a series of assemblies by Housemasters and Housemistresses and Heads of Year, voluntary and compulsory talks, and discussion groups, tutorials and individual meetings on a wide range of subjects - help pupils make the right decisions, and allows them to flourish and thrive. 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 setbacks, 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 Middle Fourth (Year 9) pupils is part of the carousel during the three terms of their first year at Epsom. These sessions explore themes such as: settling in; identity; thoughtfulness; mindfulness; developing emotional intelligence; nurturing positive relationships with peers, teachers and family; tolerance of others; confidentiality; and active listening skills, which will lead to a full peer-mentoring scheme across all year groups in the future. Sixth Form PSD is also delivered by a dedicated team of teachers, including regular lectures from external expert speakers. Sixth 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 Heads of Year and Housemasters, Housemistresses 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.

Courses

Year 9/Middle Fourth

Self Awareness, Mindfulness and Academic Resilience

Ethical Consumerism and Library Sociology Report

Health and Personal Development

Citizenship

Digital Citizenship

Year 10/Upper Fourth and Year 11/Fifth Form

Law and Crime

Citizenship and British Values

Health and Personal Development

Digital Citizenship

Sixth Form

PSD at Epsom exists as a Sixth Form activity. Topics discussed include: resilience, coaching and wellbeing, discussing school policies and pupils' online behaviour, training to become a cybermentor, stress and anxiety management course, 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.

Department Staff

Head of Department

Mrs H E Keevil, BA (Exeter)


Department Staff

Ms M Bosa BA (Trent University, Canada), BEd (Queens University, Canada) 

Ms N G Bubbear BA (Newcastle)

Mrs S L Church-Jones BA (Exeter)

Mr M C Conway MA (Cantab)

Mrs A Cowlin BA (Sussex) 

Mr P Henson, BA, MA (De Montfort)

Mr D Nuthall BA (Nottingham) 

Mr N Russell MA (Liverpool)

Mr V S Sandhu BSc (Lond), AKC 

Ms T St-Clair-Ford MA (Cantab), MA (Chichester)

 

Facilities

Various classrooms and Drama studios

Useful Links

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.mentalhealth.org.uk

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

News

 

PSD organises regular parenting workshops for parents of junior and senior pupils with Alicia Drummond. We have also hosted 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. More recently we have hosted events as part of Epsom Mental Health Awareness Festival and Mental Health First Aid training qualifications for staff and teachers from local schools.

The Department invites external professional speakers to the College to address pupils on alcohol and its dangers such as Dr Aric Sigman, Bob Tait who speaks about the effects of drugs on a teenager's life, and Jeremy Thomas who talks about the importance of staying sane in an insane world, promoting positive mental health.

 

 

Events

Regular awareness days feature in the calendar to promote national and international events. 2017-18 will include:

World Mental Health Week Monday 9 October 2017

Anti-Bullying Week Monday 13 November 2017

International Men's Day Sunday 19 November 2017

Safer Internet Day Tuesday 6 February 2018

International Women's Day Thursday 8 March 2018

International Day for the Elimination of Racism Wednesday 21 March 2018

Mental Health Awareness Week Tuesday 8 May 2018