Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is just part of what our College does to help our Deaf learners reach their full potential by ‘imagining what’s possible’. 

At Exeter Deaf Academy we will empower and equip you with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, and responsible lives as part of wider communities. We shape our PSHE around ‘real life experiences’ that are relevant to our young people.

Our PSHE programme covers:

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Relationships (including Sex Education)
  • Living in the Wider World: economic wellbeing, careers and the world of work

All of our PSHE work in Post 16 is focused on ensuring college learners leave us fully prepared to live happy, healthy, successful lives in the wider world, whether this is independently or in supported residential accommodation.

Timetabled classes

PSHE is taught as a distinct subject, with 1-2 hours a week devoted to it through taught and experiential learning. PSHE is taught by our teachers and external health professionals with expertise in Sexual Health, Careers, and Finance for example. PSHE is largely experiential in nature, so formal lecture and teaching styles are kept to a minimum. Topics are taught in a “spiral” so concepts and skills can be re-visited and developed frequently.

Our young learners visit various clinics and services they require, such as Drop in Centres, GP surgeries, police stations, with support from our team of Communication Support Workers (CSWs). We want to give you the confidence to access these services independently in the future, and understand the levels of support that you have the right to expect as a deaf young adult.

Theme Days
Every term, we host full day / afternoon sessions focusing on different areas of the PSHE curriculum, and workshops delivered by outside agencies. Such as …

Leadership Awards
All of our learners are offered opportunities to work towards the Duke of Edinburgh Award, the John Muir Award, and other recognised personal /leadership awards.

Careers Education
Our learners have regular access to workplace and careers education. This combines workplace visits, young enterprise and business development skills, work experience and supported internships. You will have regular work experience opportunities, “preparation for work” curriculum and workplace visits from our tutors, careers advisors, Physical Therapists and Speech Therapists.

Residential Care
Our Education and Care teams work closely together on PSHE, especially relating to Sexual Health, to ensure you have full access to information and services you need.