Curriculum Intent Statement
Curriculum statement: PSHE
'The final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.’
~ Anne Frank
In PSHE, it is our goal to equip pupils with the ‘toolkit for life.’ This encompasses the knowledge and skills that they need to make informed choices about their health and relationships, which enable them to live safe, happy and healthy lives, both now and in the future.
We want to empower students with the confidence, resources and resilience required to take responsibility for their own physical, mental, social and financial wellbeing, along with the ability to recognise when support may be necessary and to know where and how to access it.
Pupils will be encouraged to reflect on the world around them, considering a wide range of current issues and scenarios to help shape their own opinions and decisions. They will be expected to express their opinions respectfully, participating in regular discussion with their peers.
We will ensure that lesson environments are safe and encouraging, so that everyone feels able to participate, as well as engaging pupils with content that is relevant both to the real world and themselves. We aspire for our pupils to be open-minded, inquisitive learners, who celebrate diversity and make a positive contribution to society.
There is a wide breadth of provision to ensure that pupils are able to reach their full potential both academically and beyond. All year groups will have weekly lessons and tutor time sessions. These are complimented by several specifically focused drop down days, which are designed to extend and enrich pupils’ experiences beyond the classroom. This includes a careers day in Year 11, where each pupil is interviewed by an external professional from a variety of industries. Additionally, Year 9 pupils participate in a ‘Prison! Me? No Way!’ day where they explore the potential consequences of decisions around involvement in gangs and drug crime, as well as the realities of prison life.
Key Themes covered:
- Health and wellbeing
- Living in the wider world
Pupils will explore and consider a wide range of relevant, engaging and age-appropriate topics under each of these headings, including all aspects of the statutory content. Pupils are actively encouraged to discuss and debate issues, developing their communication skills along with the confidence to express their opinions and beliefs on important issues. Examples of these include: features of a healthy lifestyle for both physical and mental wellbeing; characteristics of positive and negative relationships; intimate relationships and consent; stereotypes and discrimination; pregnancy, contraception and STIs; and online safety in different contexts.
We work closely with external providers to ensure pupils receive the most relevant and engaging sessions regarding current issues covered. These include The No Way Trust who run the crime awareness day mentioned above, as well as the Pintsize Theatre group who run interactive drama workshops on topics such as online relationships and grooming, consequences of teenage pregnancy and the influence of alcohol on risk taking behaviour. This also gives students the chance to communicate with a range of people from different backgrounds, whose own experiences can also be of great benefit to our pupils.
The curriculum is designed to meet the fundamental objective of PSHE, which is to fully prepare pupils to deal with and manage issues relating to their own health, relationships and wellbeing, as well as being a valuable member of our society.
Throughout the year, PSHE offers pupils the opportunity to participate in fundraising activities, encouraging them to show empathy towards others. As a school we support national initiatives such as Comic Relief, Children in Need and Remembrance Day, along with more local and personal charities. In recent years we have participated in the Young Minds Hello Yellow campaign, which raises money to support young people's mental health.
Careers and ambitions are interwoven in the PSHE curriculum and enrichment from Year 7 to 11. In Key Stage 3, pupils are given support when considering which options they want to choose for further study at Key Stage 4, with a view on linking these to career prospects and aspirations.
At Key Stage 4, there is an even greater focus on careers and work experience, with an abundance of support in place for pupils. All pupils create CVs and personal statements that they can use to help with work experience, post-16 and further education applications. Year 10 students complete a one week work experience placement, providing extremely beneficial insight into potential career paths. These placements are undertaken in a wide variety of workplaces, with previous examples including The Co-op, Halfords, Barton Buses, KAM servicing and many local nurseries and primary schools for our budding teachers and childcare professionals. As mentioned above, Year 11s participate in a careers day which provides an invaluable experience of what the interview process entails.