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Here at Meopham School, Health and social care gives pupils the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. We go into depth of how and why we develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and socially across all our different life stages from birth until end of life in later adulthood. We look into the factors as well as a range of predictable and unpredictable life events and the different lifestyles that could also hinder or benefit our development. The reason we go into so much detail, further than they need for the specification of the exam is we feel it is important for pupils to know what they have either experienced or are going to experience during their lifespan. Pupils get to understand their lives so far and understand who they are and why they are the person they have become. They also have a stronger understanding of others around them and accept that everyone is different.
We also go into great depth of the different professionals who work in health and social care. Looking at their job roles, the skills they need and the personal attributes to be successful which we then link to careers and get pupils to research the pathways needed to become the different professionals. We do this so that pupils can see the vast range of careers in the health and social sector to try and get them away from the stereotype of just a nurse or a doctor, and they begin to have ideas of what careers they wish to take up. Pupils get to see what professional/career would best suit their personal attributes which again is supporting pupils for a future in health and social care. If it isn’t a career they want then they finish the course with knowledge of the professionals where they have built a respect for those working in the health and social care sector.
Therefore, studying Health and Social Care at Meopham will encourage learners to be inspired, moved and challenged by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study and gain an insight into related sectors. Pupils here at Meopham are actively engaged in the processes of health and social care to develop as effective and independent learners. This will prepare pupils to make informed decisions about further learning opportunities and career choices for the future but most importantly, they develop their awareness of the influences of their own and an individual's health and wellbeing.