Latymer hosts a wide range of expert speakers each year, who are invited to the School to speak to both pupils and parents. Students across all year groups have access to some of the leading speakers nationally, on a host of pastoral topics, through our PSHCE programme.
This programme includes issues such as drugs education, sex and relationships education, developing good mental health, keeping safe online, body image and healthy nutrition habits, to name but a few. The Sixth Form speaker programme includes a varied programme that changes regularly and has included recent speakers on what life is really like in prison, toxic masculinity and the refugee crisis.
Our PSHCE speakers stay on in most cases to talk to parents as part of the ‘Latytude’ parent pastoral programme, so that the message is a joined-up one between school and home on some of the most important issues facing young people and families today.
As well as the PSHCE programme, the Pastoral Department enjoys a close relationship with the Parents’ Gild, with whom they regularly hold joint public events, covering a range of relevant issues. Recent guest speakers have given fascinating and informative talks on such subjects as Dyslexia, Asperger’s Syndrome and other learning differences.
Internet safety and responsible technology usage is a whole school community issue, with educational messages embedded across IT, PSHCE and Sex and Relationship Education, as well as being part of the Latytude programme.