PSD is taught in timetabled lessons, as well as in sessions delivered by Heads of Year, Housemasters, Housemistresses and Tutors in Houses. It covers religion, human rights, relationships and social justice, physical activities, healthy choices, diet and nutrition, body confidence, RSE, substance abuse, law and crime, and British values. It encompasses all areas of school life, with open dialogue and discussion as its core objective.
PSD at Epsom is constantly evolving and expanding in step with the changing landscape our pupils face.
The advancements are in line with the Headmaster’s vision that the Epsom College experience is a rounded education, not merely performance in the classroom.
The course stimulates the pupils’ personal growth alongside their academic development, providing them with confidence, coping mechanisms and a deep understanding of themselves, as they prepare for the challenges of adult life.
Our dedicated College counsellor now regularly visits all 13 houses with the Assistant Head of Pupil Welfare and works closely with House staff, parents and pupils to ensure a dialogic culture, with the pupil at the heart of the process.
Lower Sixth peer mentors are trained to support younger pupils, giving one-to-one advice to any pupils in need of confidence or self-esteem/self-efficacy help.
Peer Mentors also present topical assemblies to promote awareness on a wide range of issues such as anti-bullying, promoting strong mental health, exam stress awareness, mindfulness, equality and diversity/anti-racism awareness, and digital safety, to name but a few.
Digital safety and wellbeing.
More than 40 Lower Sixth digital peer mentors are now trained to support younger pupils in relation to healthy online behaviour. They help to deliver a digital safety course to younger pupil.
The peer mentoring scheme started three years ago with four pupils. 80 signed up for 2017/18.
In February 2017, the digital element of our wellbeing initiative won Parent Zone’s Digital School of the Year Award. Judges commented on being “blown away by the standard of entry. Winners have gone the extra mile to maximise opportunities for pupils while informing the entire school community of the risks, as well as the potential, of the internet.
Inspiring guest speakers.
We host experts in a wide range of fields which prepares our Sixth Form students for life beyond the College. The talks encourage them to explore, assess risk and opportunities, and reduce harming behaviours.
Three great prolific speakers we have hosted are:
- Dr Aric Sigman on screen time, alcohol, body image and modern-day parenting
- Allison Havey from the Rap Project on staying safe and preventing harm both on and offline
- John Hoskison, a former pro golfer, who talks about the biggest mistake of his life which led to a stint in prison.
Outreach to the local community.
Outreach to local state schools and charities includes invitations to teachers and members of the public to observe our lessons, take part in our Mental Health Awareness Days, use the College facilities for wellbeing initiatives, attend mental health training sessions, and share our resources and examples of good practice.
Parental involvement is key and we regularly run parenting workshops and forums throughout the terms. An example is Alicia Drummond of Let’s Talk. Alicia is an accredited counsellor and parent coach. She visits the College regularly to speak to parents about helping their children to develop a growth mindset, and academic and emotional resilience.
Supporting national campaigns.
Epsom participates in many international and UK-wide initiatives. These include International Men’s and Women’s Days and Safer Internet Day. We invite a series of guest speakers, enjoy themed meals created by the Catering department and topical film nights in the boarding houses. We also provide relevant additional reading displays in the Library.
Click below to learn more about PSD across the year groups.
Year 9 pupils explore a wide-range of topics, including:
- Self Awareness, Mindfulness and Academic Resilience
- Ethical Consumerism and Library Sociology Report
- Health and Personal Development
- Digital Citizenship
Im Years 10 and 11 our pupils learn about:
- Law and Crime
- Citizenship and British Values
- Health and Personal Development
- Digital Citizenship
PSD at Epsom exists as a Sixth Form activity.
Topics discussed include:
- Coaching and wellbeing
- Discussing school policies
- 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
- How your environment affects your behaviour
- Dweck’s Fixed v Growth Mindset.
Your Daughter – A Guide for Raising Girls, The Girls’ Schools Association, published by Harper Collins
Calmer, Easier, Happier Parenting: The Revolutionary Programme that Transforms Family Life, Noël Janis Norton, published by John Murray
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.
www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk – BEAT – The UK’s eating disorders charity
www.mentalhealth.org.uk – The Mental Health Foundation
www.mind.org.uk – MIND – The Mental Health Charity
www.lifesigns.org.uk – Raising awareness about self-injury and how to help others deal with it
www.samaritans.org – Providing emotional support to anyone in distress. 08457 90 90 90
www.childline.org.uk – Offering support and advice about a wide range of issues. 0800 11 11
www.boysadrift.com – raising motivation and achievement in boys
www.playinitsafe.co.uk – sex advice for young people
www.talktofrank.com – advice and guidance on anything relating to drugs and substance misuse
www.patient.co.uk – for medical information and support
www.fpa.org.uk – family planning, sexual health and relationships
www.parentchannel.tv – parenting support
www.brook.org.uk – sex and relationships education and support
www.ocdaction.org.uk – help and support with obsessive compulsive disorders
www.teenagehealthfreak.co.uk – teenage health advice
www.youngminds.org.uk – young people’s mental health and wellbeing
www.nshn.co.uk – self-harm network
www.kidscape.org.uk – preventing bullying and child sex abuse