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At Birchwood, we want our students to have the opportunity to engage with a range of enriching and informative experiences, beyond what they study in their lessons.

As well as offering a traditional curriculum, we also endeavour to equip our young people with the qualities, qualifications and values that will enable them to lead fulfilling lives and become responsible citizens. We want the children in our care to leave us with high aspirations, secure knowledge, tolerance, and a kind heart.

It is with this objective in mind that on Thursday 8 October, we held our first whole school PSHE (personal, social, health and economic) day of this academic year.

Each year group had the opportunity to look outside their usual curriculum and take part in workshops and training to broaden their knowledge and understanding.

Year 7 looked at the foundations of being an ally and how we can ensure that we have an inclusive school community- we want all members of Team Birchwood to feel empowered and celebrated.

Year 8 were focusing on careers in the NHS and within the field of Science and Computing. They learnt about the practicalities and cultural significance of both of these pathways.

Year 9 had the opportunity to consider the implications of sharing content online and how it could affect others.

Year 10 had some practical training as they looked at health both physical and mental. We welcomed external facilitators who held first aid training and mental health training. Skills that we hope will be invaluable to our young   people.

Finally, Year 11 got to think about their next steps as they had the opportunity to sample the sorts of lessons they might experience as a student at Birchwood College. They were given the chance to explore the college building and feel part of the Sixth Form community.

Thank you to all the external visitors who took the time to be with us and to our students and staff for their hard work during the day. We hope that the things that you have experienced will be of real benefit beyond the classroom.



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