PSHE is a statutory but non-examined subject. Our intent is to help students understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. During these lessons our students will learn about topics such as bullying, discrimination, drug education, healthy eating, physical activity, mental and emotional health, wellbeing, citizenship, sex and relationships.
We have broken down core knowledge into units of manageable size which we communicate clearly to students, in a carefully sequenced way, within a planned series of lessons. We also include well-chosen opportunities for students to embed new knowledge so that it can be used confidently in real life situations.
Our Programme of Study aims to develop integral life skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team work, critical thinking and communication skills.
Topics covered within PSHE are grouped into the following core themes:
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), which is an important part of PSHE education and has been made statutory by the Department for Education for all secondary school pupils.
Health Education, which is also statutory and teaches students about physical health and mental wellbeing to give them the information they need to make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing.
Aspirations (Careers Information, Education, Advice and Guidance), which is characterised by an ambitious approach of wide possibilities for students and is aimed to ensure high aspirations.
Citizenship, where students are taught the knowledge they need to prepare them to play a full and active part in society.
Responsive lessons, as we believe it is important for PSHE to be responsive to the needs of each year group. For these lessons, the content will be planned in response to students' needs at the time and informed by the pastoral teams' reflections.
It is essential that we ensure our curriculum addresses the full statutory content, and we also want to ensure it has been understood by ALL students. Therefore, every young person, at the end of each PSHE lesson, completes a 'Quiz Time' exercise. This comes in the form of multiple-choice questions where the form tutor can see from the student's answers if they have fully understood the lesson content and any misconceptions can be addressed. If form tutors still feel there is a student who remains unclear on the content, then they will be referred to the Subject Leader of PSHE who will meet with them and support further. The core purpose of this subject is to ensure our students are given the skills and knowledge to remain happy, healthy and safe both now and in their adult lives. Therefore, we believe that this part of the lesson is vitally important.