To embrace the challenges of creating a happy and successful adult life, pupils need knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships and to build their self-efficacy. Pupils can also put this knowledge into practice as they develop the capacity to make sound decisions when facing risks, challenges and complex contexts. Everyone faces difficult situations in their lives. PSHE can support young people to develop resilience, to know how and when to ask for help, and to know where to access support. To allow the school to meet statutory requirements on PSHE including RSE as set out by the DfE, and be able to explicitly demonstrate this through the work produced by the students within a variety of lessons. The lead teacher to work closely with colleagues in related curriculum areas to ensure the PSHE curriculum complements every other subject area, and to avoid duplication.
The guidance published by the DfE on the PSHE curriculum has been used to produce a detailed breakdown of what needs to be covered through KS3 and 4. This focuses around three core themes: Relationship, Health and Wellbeing, and Living in the Wider World. These themes have then been broken down into key component topic areas. The PSHE curriculum has then been mapped extensively across all subjects at KS3, and where possible, KS4. Where subjects can identify that they are covering a particular area of the PSHE curriculum, within that scheme of learning, lessons are expected to carry a PSHE lesson objective. This objective will relate closely to the lesson being taught, but allow students to develop a wider understanding of what they are doing and the relevance to their own lives. Within the lesson, at least one task will be required in order to show that lesson objective being met, and this can be denoted in books with a ‘PSHE link’ subtitle and bubble drawn around the work. This is then further reinforced with each half term being given a theme, and a particular event that as a school we will be celebrating. Throughout the half term, students will have assembly and tutor time activities to help them further discuss and understand issues arising within these key themes. Departments will also be linked to these half termly themes, and will provide a range of lesson, homework or extra curricular activities around the key event being promoted in school.
Maintain a high expectation and standard of the quality of student’s work for PSHE as within any other subject area.
Students see consistency within the PSHE curriculum and see how it applies to other subjects, making it more relevant to them and what they are studying.
Students see PSHE as an integrated part of the curriculum, rather than a ‘bolt-on’, and see how various aspects of their subject areas are relevant to their own lives.
PSHE is covered with each year group throughout the year, through every subject.
Work relating to PSHE can be seen, tracked and monitored, and although there is no requirement to formally assess PSHE, teachers can assess and demonstrate outcomes through written tasks and self-evaluations of students.
Whole school half termly themes allow for consistency across the school in PSHE experiences, and allows us as a school to promote various important key issues with students.