P.S.H.E / Citizenship Curriculum Intent
The PSHCE Curriculum offer is planned around the three key National Curriculum requirements of health and wellbeing, the wider world and relationships. The curriculum`s purpose is to ensure that our students are well prepared for adulthood and are set up to achieve personal success in their chosen pathways
To help them to do this there is a strong emphasis on helping pupils to be well informed and stay safe through topics such as safety, sex and relationships, media and technology, bullying and peer pressure, friendship /getting along with others and street safe (knives, gangs and guns). By equipping pupils with this knowledge we are preparing our pupils to contribute positively to society
The PSHCE curriculum offer also provides a wealth of extracurricular opportunities which engage and motivate students which promote a positive impact on wellbeing and mental health now and into adulthood. Further details of these can be found below.
Pupils are encouraged to recognise that learning is a lifelong pursuit for example pupils will learn in the classroom but learning will continue e.g. as a parent or learning new job skills or social development through relationships with others into adulthood.
The PSHCE Curriculum offer helps the School to meets the requirements from September 2020 to provide statutory sex and relationship education. The PSHCE Curriculum also contributes to whole School intentions around its statutory requirement to promote British values, E safety and safeguarding pupils both through lesson content and planned events which are also listed below
The PSHCE Curriculum offer has a crucial role in promoting the values set out in the School ethos statement that was updated in September 2019.
The 5 steps to achieve good mental health and wellbeing in the School ethos is incorporated into the PSHCE Curriculum offer.
The five steps to good mental health and wellbeing
Connect– connect with the people around you through positive relationships that are characterised by trust, certainty and positivity
Be active– Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life
Keep learning– learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence
Give to others– even the smallest act can count, whether it’s a smile, a thank you or a kind word .The PSHCE curriculum offer includes a recognition of how our positive actions can impact on others
Be mindful– be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. The PSHCE curriculum offer encourages pupils to develop the skills to overcome difficulties.
Further details of how these 5 steps are delivered in each year group can be found in the year group tabs below
The PSHCE Curriculum offer Promotes spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. This is done by celebrating the wide diversity of our pupils and educating them about discrimination on the grounds of ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or ability. These units help pupils to have a greater understanding of living in multicultural Britain. Further details of these units can be found in the Year group tabs below
Children need guidance in developing their own set of responsible behaviours to keep them safe when online these are skills that will equips them into adulthood.
Further details of these units can be found in the Year group tabs below
The PSHCE curriculum offer also helps the School to meet the statutory requirement to promote the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs, and for those without faith. This helps prepares pupils for the future as UK citizens with rights and responsibilities such as voting, working, paying taxes and the use of free speech. Further details of these units can be found in the Year group tabs below
The PSHCE curriculum offer includes many extracurricular activities that enhance pupil learning these include The PSHE Curriculum offer equips pupils with the skills and knowledge to lead safer lives into adulthood.
Blesma charity an injured war veteran’s charity who presented an assembly on resilience for all Year 9, 10 and 11 pupils followed by a workshop for year 9 pupils.
A gambling awareness presentation to all year groups
A safeguarding play called real voices performed by essential safeguarding about child criminal and sexual exploitation performed for all year 9, 10 and 11 pupil with a plenary
A Criminal exploitation day presented by CELLS for all Year 9 on the impact of Crime with workshops on Prison life, exploitation, gangs and drugs which included assemblies , an interactive Prison cell and workshops with reformed offenders and victims of crime
Ultra Drama presenting online plays on drugs, county lines, knife crime and positive relationships
A visit from George Howarth MP who took part in a question and answer session with Year 10 and 11 pupils reinforcing the values of free speech, democracy and individual liberty.
Engaging with Knowles Youth Parliament through an assembly and then voting for candidates
Bully buster’s assembly to all year groups followed by a plenary and targeted support to a group of pupils.
The PSHCE curriculum offer has been designed and is regularly adapted to meet pupils learning needs and prepare them for adulthood. Our offer is supported by enthusiastic and experienced teachers in the Department who use a variety of resources such as iPad apps, video clips, PowerPoints, interactive games and quizzes to engage pupils.
Pupils understanding is regularly assessed and feedback from pupils in the form of a questionnaire at the end of every unit helps inform the departments future planning.
The PSHCE curriculum offer equips pupil with skills to help them make positive choices though their experiences in life and how and where to seek further support.