PSHE helps to give students the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. It aims to help them in developing personally and socially and it tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that affect young people today. It equips students with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.
We use PSHE to build, where appropriate, on the statutory content already outlined in the National Curriculum, the basic school curriculum and in statutory guidance on drug education, financial education, relationship and sex education (RSE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle. RSE is an important part of PSHE education and is statutory in maintained secondary schools.
PSHE is a non-statutory subject. However, there are aspects of it we are required to teach.
PSHE is taught as a spiral programme which is the recurrence of themes throughout the key stages. With each delivery of the theme, the level of demand increases, and learning is progressively deepened.
The PSHE curriculum is taught once a week for Key stage 4 and over Tutor sessions for Key stage 5. Students are taught in the main by their form tutors or designated PSHE Tutors on these days, however this is supplemented with teachers and outside agencies who have areas of expertise. There are visits from external agencies and speakers such as the West Midlands Police, Aim Higher Mentoring, The GAP, Base 25, CASH nurse, NCS and other organisations and charities. Students’ personal, social and emotional development is also encouraged by our supportive school ethos, where all are valued, and positive relationships are seen as important. A safe and secure school environment is created which is conducive to learning. Since becoming a statutory part of the curriculum in September 2020, we have used PSHE Association resources.