Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education (PSHCE)
PSHCE forms a part of the core curriculum accessed by all students throughout years 7 – 11.
- Economic Wellbeing and Financial Capability bringing together careers education, work-related learning and financial capability.
- Personal Wellbeing makes a significant contribution to a student’s personal development and character. It creates a focus on the social and emotional aspects of effective learning, such as self-awareness, managing feelings, motivation, empathy and social skills.
- Citizenship Education helps to develop social and moral responsibility, community involvement and political literacy.
Students receive one 50 minute lesson each week. The curriculum is broadly based, balanced and meets the needs of all students, promoting their spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development.
Lessons are enhanced by the involvement of external agencies that specialise in key areas of the curriculum including Personal Finance, Personal Health and Safety, Drugs Education, Relationships and Parenting Education. The core themes are revisited throughout Key stages 3 and 4 as part of our spiralling curriculum and students are given regular opportunities to develop and consolidate their knowledge.
‘Active Citizenship’ is encouraged across the whole school, with students’ actively participating and recording citizenship activities in their personal planners that will inform their Personal Statements in year 11. Citizenship is embedded within the PSHCE curriculum in years 7, 8 and 9 and students are involved in self evaluation of their progress across the range of topics studied. Teacher assessment based on students’ performance across Key Stage 3 are recorded each year and formally reported to parents/ guardians as an End of Key stage level in year 9.
Homework is not generally set for PSHCE although there is encouragement of maintaining an awareness of current news and global incidents concerning citizenship, and personal health issues.
The PSHCE curriculum – following national curriculum guidance – aims for all students to become:
- Successful learners who enjoy learning, making progress and achieving.
- Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
- Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.