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Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education (PSHCE)

PSHCE forms a part of the core curriculum accessed by all students throughout years 7 – 11.

Core Themes

  • 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.

Citizenship

‘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

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.
Mrs Moretta

Head of PSHCE

Autumn Term

Introduction to the 5 ways to Well-Being

School Structure

Settling in to a new school

Railway Safety

Road safety as a pedestrian and passenger

What makes a good friend

Anti Bullying Week

Relationships and Sex Education: Puberty, Changes in Boys/Girls, The Underwear Rule and Personal Hygiene

 

Spring Term

Diversity in our community

Drugs Education: Smoking, Volatile substances and Alcohol

Safer Internet Day

Economic Education

National Careers Week

National Apprenticeship Week

 

Summer Term

How to prepare for exams

The Sleep Factor

Stress from Social Media and Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO)

Mental Health Awareness Week

Oral Hygiene

First Aid – Basic First Aid, Recovery Position, CPR

Autumn Term

Diversity in the UK –and Ethnic Stereotyping

The United Nations (UN)

The European Union (EU) & Brexit

The United Nations Convention the Rights of the Child (UNCRC)

Anti Bullying Week

Understanding feelings

Reacting to emotional situations

Family

 

Spring Term

Drugs Education: Legal and Illegal drugs, Social and Emotional effects, Cannabis, Managing situations

National Careers Week

National Apprenticeship Week

Economic Education

Relationships and Sex Education: Healthy Relationships, The Underwear Rule, Menstrual Cycle

 

Summer Term

Conception

Contraception

Pregnancy Myths

Mental Health Awareness Week

The Sleep Factor

Stress from Social Media and Fear Of Missing Out (FOMO)

Homelessness

In Year 9 and upward, the PSHCE and Religious Studies lessons are combined to form PR lessons.

These lessons are delivered by the PSHCE/PR team. Each student will have one 50 minute curriculum lesson per week (outlined below), delivered by the PSHCE teaching team and two registration sessions per week, delivered by Form Tutors.

 

Autumn Term

Belief about Deity:

– The 4 Os

– Reasons for belief in God

– The Cosmos Argument

– The Design Argument

– What is a Miracle?

Good and Evil:

– Natural and Moral Evil

– The Problem of Evil

Equality:

– Gender Discrimination

– Prejudice and discrimination

– Martin Luther King

– The Civil Rights Movement

– Racism and Forgiveness

– Identity – LGBTQ+

 

Spring Term

Racism:

– Key Events in Race Relations in the UK

– Race Relations

– Respecting Rights – FGM

– The State of Race Relations in the UK Today

Safer Internet Day

Politics:

– What is Democracy?

– Political Parties in the UK

– How does Parliament work?

– Electoral Systems

– Manifesto

– Party Political Broadcasts

 

Summer Term

Relationships and Sex Education:

– Introduction to relationships

– Marriage/Civil Partnerships

– Abusive Relationships

– Consent

– Delay – Are you ready?

– Sexually Transmitted infections

– Contraception

– Pregnancy

Child Sexual Exploitation:

– Exploitation

– Grooming

– Sexting

– Sexualisation

In Year 9 and upward, the PSHCE and Religious Studies lessons are combined to form PR lessons.

These lessons are delivered by the PSHCE/PR team. Each student will have one 50 minute curriculum lesson per week, delivered by the PSHCE teaching team and two registration sessions per week (outlined below), delivered by Form Tutors.

 

Autumn Term

5 ways to Well-being

Law and Society:

– Life on a dessert island

– The need for rules in communities

– Anti-social behaviour

– Anti Bullying week

 

Spring Term

Careers research

Safer Internet Day

National Careers Week

National Apprenticeship Week

The message of Easter

 

Summer Term

The Sleep Factor

Stress from Social Media and Fear of Missing Out (FOMO)

Mental Health Awareness Week

Economic Education

In Year 10, the PSHCE and Religious Studies lessons are combined to form PR lessons.

These lessons are delivered by the PSHCE/PR team. Each student will have one 50 minute curriculum lesson per week (outlined below), delivered by the PSHCE teaching team and two registration sessions per week, delivered by Form Tutors.

 

Autumn

Morality:

– What is morality?

– Moral responsibility

– Personal Safety as a pedestrian and passenger in a vehicle

Careers Education:

– Making informed choices

– Employment Law

– Equal Opportunities

– Careers research

Relationships and Sex Education:

– Relationships – heterosexual and LGBTQ+

– Attitudes to relationships and expectations

– Sexually Transmitted Infections

Is Religion dangerous?

– Dangers of religion

– Terrorism

– War

 

Spring

During the Spring and Summer terms, students will study one 4 week module of each of the following:

Abusive relationships:

– What is Domestic Violence?

– Identifying controlling behaviours

– Why people stay

– How to help yourself and others

Homelessness:

– Causes

– Stereotypes

– Lisa’s story

– Support

Drugs Education:

– Consequences of drugs use

– Alcohol

– Sexual health and drugs use

 

Summer

Work Experience preparation:

– How to make a good impression

– Making the most of the experience

– Benefits of a placement

– Writing to your employer

– Log book

– Reflection on work experience

– Completion of work experience statement for Progress Files

– Thank you letter to employer

In Year 10, the PSHCE and Religious Studies lessons are combined to form PR lessons.

These lessons are delivered by the PSHCE/PR team. Each student will have one 50 minute curriculum lesson per week, delivered by the PSHCE teaching team and two registration sessions per week (outlined below), delivered by Form Tutors.

Autumn

Prepare to succeed:

– The key to success

– Study behaviours

– Study skills

– Assessments and tests – how to approach them

Resilience

Anti-bullying week

 

Summer

Elections and voting

– Parliament and government

– UK legal system

– How laws are made in the UK

Safer Internet Day

National Careers Week

National Apprenticeship Week

 

Summer

Religion in the Global Media

Mental Health Awareness Week

The Sleep Factor

Stress from Social Media and Fear of Missing Out (FOMO)

In Year 11, the PSHCE and Religious Studies lessons are combined to form PR lessons.

These lessons are delivered by the PSHCE/PR team. Each student will have one 50 minute curriculum lesson per week (outlined below), delivered by the PSHCE teaching team and two registration sessions per week, delivered by Form Tutors.

 

Autumn

Progress Files:

– Work Experience statement

– Completing a CV

– Personal statement

– Progression Plan

Women in Religion:

– Biblical teachings

– The attitude of the Sikh religion to women

– For and against female rabbis

Christmas and it’s meaning

 

Summer

Human Rights – Rwanda Genocide

Beliefs and concepts:

– What do religions say?

– Islam and Christianity

Environmentalism:

– Problems facing the environment.

– Ways of preserving and protecting the environment

– Religious responses to environmental problems; Christianity and Buddhism

Relationships and Sex Education:

– Relationships – expectations, values

– Breast Cancer – signs and symptoms

– Cervical Cancer – signs and symptoms

Animal Rights:

– Issues regarding animal rights

 

Summer

Animal Rights:

– Christian beliefs about animal rights

– Protest and pressure groups supporting animal rights

 

In Year 11, the PSHCE and Religious Studies lessons are combined to form PR lessons.

These lessons are delivered by the PSHCE/PR team. Each student will have one 50 minute curriculum lesson per week, delivered by the PSHCE teaching team and two registration sessions per week (outlined below), delivered by Form Tutors.

 

Autumn

Economic Education:

– Life choices

– Bank accounts

– Bank statements

Continuing Education:

– Future Choices

– Use of Unifrog

– Sixth Form applications

Anti-bullying week

 

Spring

Careers research

Safer Internet Day

National Careers Week

National Apprenticeship Week

MPs, local and Regional Government, International Relationships

 

Summer

The Sleep Factor

Stress from Social Media and Fear of Missing Out (FOMO)

Mental Health Awareness Week