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Swaffham academy prepares for pupils’ future

Students at Nicholas Hamond Academy in Swaffham take part in a PSHE day. Head of Humanities Emily Thomason runs a party planning lesson with year 7 pupils.

Students at Nicholas Hamond Academy in Swaffham take part in a PSHE day. Head of Humanities Emily Thomason runs a party planning lesson with year 7 pupils.

Dozens of community and business leaders joined students of the Nicholas Hamond Academy in Swaffham to prepare for life beyond the school gates.

Pupils took part in a Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education day last Thursday, which included workshops on a host of subjects.

Assistant principal Trudy Welham said: “We want to help prepare our pupils for the challenges they will face when they leave us.

“We believe it’s important to dedicate time to those important life skills, such as social, economic and sex education.

“Our aim is to provide inspirational and engaging days that we know our pupils enjoy and will benefit from in the future.

More than 35 people took part in the day, including representatives of the Iceni Youth Group, who led a discussion about relationships and contraception, and local police who discussed how to stay safe on the streets.

Staff from the town’s Barclays Bank gave advice on employment and interview techniques, while some of the younger students had a lesson in budgeting by planning a party.

 

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