Secondary School Covid-19 Recovery PSHE Programme

Our Time’s PSHE teacher guide helps you to explore the topics of mental health and mental illness with Years 7-11. What makes this guide unique is its specific focus on understanding mental illness and supporting young people who live with a parent or guardian who has a mental illness. 

This programme helps students to:

  • Challenge some of the misconceptions around mental health and mental illness, and understand the difference between them.
  • Explore thoughts, feelings and moods.
  • Manage stress and build resilience when tackling adversity, such as a parent or guardian’s mental illness.
  • Understand how our environment and circumstances can affect our mental health.
  • Learn to be supportive towards someone whose parent or guardian has a mental illness.
  • Develop empathy for others and establish group trust.
  • Build peer support networks and understand how they can benefit the whole group.
  • Develop strategies for building self-esteem and confidence, and express thoughts and feelings in a constructive way.
  • Make links across the curriculum.

There are four interactive sessions in this guide. Each lasts around 45 minutes, with the option of extending them to 60 minutes or breaking them down into shorter sessions. Ideally, sessions are held once a week across a half term, but can be covered in a whole day as part of a PSHE day. This programme can contribute to your school’s overall health and well-being priorities and targets.

Secondary PSHE Guide

This PSHE guide provides you with step-by-step information on how to run each session within the programme. It’s packed with useful hints and tips and lesson plans, and it’s been produced in collaboration with teachers and mental health professionals.

You can view, browse and download each session’s resources using the resource library below, or download the resource zip files for each session using the links here:

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Session 1 resources: Welcome back (secondary school)

Download all the resources you need to deliver Our Time’s first session of the Secondary School PSHE Covid-19 Recovery Curriculum PSHE Programme ‘Welcome back’.

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Session 2 resources: Explaining mental health and mental illness (secondary school)

Download all the resources you need to deliver Our Time’s second session of the Secondary School Covid-19 Recovery Curriculum PSHE Programme ‘Explaining mental health and mental illness’.

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Session 3 resources: Looking after ourselves (secondary school)

Download all the resources you need to deliver Our Time’s third session of the Secondary School Covid-19 Recovery Curriculum PSHE Programme ‘Looking after ourselves’.

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Session 4 resources: Supporting others and moving forwards (secondary school)

Download all the resources you need to deliver Our Time’s fourth session of the Secondary School Covid-19 Recovery Curriculum PSHE Programme ‘Supporting others and moving forwards’.

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