A new approach to personal social and health education at a Shropshire
school has been deemed a huge success.
The PSHE Wellness Event at Ellesmere College saw a fair set up with
stalls covering a wide range of personal and social
health issues where pupils browsed, picked up leaflets and asked
specific questions of the invited specialists. There was also a
video on health and wellbeing, key speakers invited to talk to students and
The event, for Year 12
students, was completely different to the classroom based lectures of previous
Eiry Davies, Senior School Nurse, said it was a huge
success. She said: "It was a really fantastic day which all the students
engaged with. They asked some really thoughtful questions and gained a lot of
information about a variety of subjects.
"They were not embarrassed to ask anything and all the staff
involved felt like better conversations were had than when you have to ask
questions in front of the whole class.
"It was great to have the outside contributors from
charities and other areas, they really added to the overall impact of the
"By doing it like this it made it a much more personal experience for each
individual student, they were able to look at subjects they wanted to or were interested in in as much detail
as they liked, but also got a good overview of all the subjects we wanted to
"They could pick up information leaflets without having to
speak to anyone if they wanted to as well. There was a video about men's mental
health, featuring footballers being released from contracts too.
The students watched this and it prompted healthy discussions.
"It has been so successful that we believe we've just
revolutionised the way we teach PSHE to 6th
Form and will continue to do it
like this in years to come."
The day covered subjects such as general health, wellbeing, alcohol, smoking, vaping, illegal drugs, relationships,
consent, sexual health and contraceptive methods., How to register with
a GP when starting University, Accessing 111 and
pharmacies also preparing for pregnancy in later years,
Key stall holders included
the school nurses,
a GPs, a midwife, representatives from the breast health
awareness charity CoppaFeel! and the OddBalls
Foundation which raises awareness of testicular cancer. LGBTQ+, CDS
service, Rest Easy Method, mental health support and a very popular, friendly therapy
dog called Luna.
Former Ellesmere College student Elin Jones, who set up the
MHESS scheme at the school before moving to university in Aberystwyth. Unfortunately she was
unable to attend as she was sailing competitively around the Azores.
The new approach to PSHE was inspired by student feedback
from previous years.
They said the three lectures covering these subjects were
intense, with a lot of information and in a short period of time and they
wanted a more informal approach.
Eiry added: "It was important to cover
subjects like registering with a GP as our international students don't know
how to do this. We have weekly GP surgeries at
Ellesmere College so it's not something they've had to do themselves. These are new
life skills for when they leave for University. Further evaluation from the
pupils and staff will enable us to prepare an even better Health Fair for 2024".
The event took place on June 22. For more information visit: Sixth Form at Ellesmere College
11th July 2023 Back to News