Guidance & Social Education

Pupil Support: Guidance and Social Education

The Pastoral Team at Berwickshire High School forms part of the integrated Pupil Support structure, along with Learning Support and various external agencies.

The School Guidance System

The main purpose of the Guidance System is to enable all pupils in the school to make the best use of their educational opportunities and to provide help and support when needed.  All pupils in the school are organised into one of three houses – Douglas, Home and Scott.


The Pastoral Team aims to:

•Provide a point of personal contact for every pupil.

•Provide a point of personal contact for parents and carers.

•Monitor progress and achievement across the whole curriculum for all pupils.

•Offer support and guidance to pupils on any issue which affects their development and achievement.

•Help pupils to appraise their strengths and weaknesses and to review progress.

•Help pupils to manage anxieties.

•Prepare pupils for adult life in respect of being responsible for their own educational and vocational progress, by defining their aspirations, making informed decisions and negotiating the steps necessary to move forward.

•Work with external agencies and other professionals as appropriate.

•Plan and support pupils in all transition s from P7 to S6 and beyond.

•Promote and develop structures and processes to ensure the efficient achievement and the aims listed above.



The provision of Guidance to all pupils in the school is achieved through the House pastoral system together with the Social Education (SE) programme.

The Guidance Staff, comprising three (Full-Time) Principal Teachers, deliver the Social Education programmes. 


Personal and Social Education (PSE)

All pupils are allocated one period of Personal and Social Education (PSE) per week.  On the whole this lesson will be taught by their Pupil Support (Guidance) Teacher which allows for a regular point of contact.  Berwickshire High School’s Personal and Social Education programmes focus on a variety of topics with progression through S1 to S6.  These focus areas include:

•Health Education (Alcohol Awareness, Anti-Smiling and S.H.A.R.E)

•Careers Education (Coursing, Monitoring, Tracking and Target Setting)

•Further and Higher Education (UCAS, College Links and Study Skills)

•Social and Vocational Education (Working with Others and Work Experience)


Furthermore, the course is linked closely with Curriculum for Excellence and incorporates the six Health and Wellbeing organisers:

•Mental, Emotional, Social and Physical Wellbeing

•Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood

•Planning for Choices and Change

•Substance Misuse

•Food and Health


In S1 and S2, the SE course covers topics such as Settling In, Bullying, Smoking, Alcohol, Citizenship, Health, Sex Education and Inclusion.

In S3, pupils explore the following topics: Anti-Social Behaviour; Healthy Living and Eating; Sexual Health and Relationships; Study Skills; Anti Bullying; Self Esteem and Mental Health.  At the end of each topic pupils should have sufficient knowledge to allow them to have a well-founded opinion and to make informed choices about their lifestyle and future.  Pupils will benefit from input from a number of external agencies such as the Community Police, MYPAS and Skills Development Scotland.


The first topic covered in S4 PSE is Work Experience.  This includes information necessary to help with finding future employment and leads to a one week work experience placement.  In addition to learning some facts, more general skills and qualities are developed such as:

•Identifying interests and capabilities

•Finding out about work routines and expectations

•Exploring working with others

•Planning and organising

•Finding out about a placement


There are two methods of setting up a work experience placement.  Pupils either select a placement from a database of jobs on the WorkIT information website or arrange their own placement.    Following the work experience, the S4 PSE programme includes the following:

•Sexual Health & Relationship Education (SHARE)

•Substance Misuse and Equality


The S5 PSE programme continues to expand pupils’ knowledge and develop their skills and values to enable them to make informed decisions in a range of situations concerning health, relationships, academic progress and careers.  Pupils are encouraged to take an active participation of their learning.  Methods used include group and class discussion, case studies, questionnaires and quizzes, and outside speakers are frequently used.


The Social Education course in S6 deals with areas including work, careers and University and College applications.  The school works closely with the Lothian Equal Access Programme for Schools (LEAPS).


Careers Advice

Careers advice provided by qualified Skills Development Scotland staff and our own Pupil Support Staff is available to pupils throughout their time in the High School.