Wellbeing drop down lessons

This month sees the second in our new Wellbeing drop down lesson programme. Eight times a year the time table is collapsed for one lesson and students remain in tutor time to study various topics of Sex and Relationship Education, Finance, Addiction and Mental Health. This is in addition to tutor time activities across the year which intended to focus on “Healthy body, Healthy mind and Healthy Life”.

Through a variety of activities students have been encouraged to discuss issues which many may not have discussed before and hopefully many leave the sessions having reflected and feeling more en-lighted and confident in issues which affect their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development directly. Wellbeing is all about helpign students, staff and parents be part of a positive Hazeley community.

During last drop down lesson some brilliant posters on the topic of Sexting were produced by year 8 and this session areas such as Online grooming, Pornography and Body image are on the agenda.

On the whole there has been a great improvement in engagement of students feeling that Wellbeing is now “something that is actually useful to us” and staff have enjoyed having the opportunity to get to know their tutees better whilst developing students wider education of the world.

We will be continuously reviewing and developing the Wellbeing programme to engage students, staff and parents with a view to future Wellbeing sessions to help support our parents too.

We also have exciting collaborative projects with our partner school at Shenley Brook End dealing with Sexual Exploitation and several Drop Down Days across the year directly linking in with our bid to become a Unicef School and highlight Mental Health issues amongst our young people.


This week we had our first collaborative Drop Down Day with year 13 and 8 working together learning about the effects of Poverty on Children’s Wellbeing and Rights. The year 8 students worked incredibly hard with some outstanding support from Year 13 mentors and staff across the academy. During the day they received a lot of information on the issues which they then applied in small teams to create a storyboard for a Film for Change. The end product of the day was a competition to pitch their ideas for making a Film for Change on the focus on Children, Poverty and Wellbeing. The winning film will be made by our character club and you will be able to watch it on our Hazeley Academy You Tube page.


Kirsty Bowers

Subject Leader Health and Wellbeing/PE teacher