PSHE- Personal, Social, Health and Economic
At Pedmore we believe PSHE is a fundamental part of our students’ education, to enable them to become safe and active citizens with the ability to make well informed decisions to manage their own life, both in the present and future. PSHE strives to give our students the knowledge, understanding and emotions to enable them to make positive decisions to ensure healthy related behaviour is developed and to promote respect and tolerance. PSHE supports many of the principles of safeguarding and links closely to our school Safeguarding and Prevent Policies. PSHE is a subject that can develop many skills and attributes, such as: teamwork, communication, resilience, grit and determination. It can also contribute to a student’s academic potential. Within our school, PSHE helps promote students spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development.
PSHE is an integral subject within our students lives. It allows them to develop the knowledge and skills to manage their own life, both in the present and future. It can support students in understanding how to stay healthy, safe and prepared for life and work. PSHE is a subject that can develop many skills and attributes within our students, to allow them to thrive in society, as a family member and as individuals.
“A growing body of research shows that pupils who are emotionally healthy do better at school. PSHE education helps children and young people to achieve their potential by supporting their wellbeing and tackling issues that can affect their ability to learn, such as anxiety and unhealthy relationships”. (Taken from: https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/)
In an environment where parents welcome a partnership between home and school, we are much more able to support their children’s personal and social development, and help to deal with issues of increasing complexity such as those related to mental health and staying safe, both online and offline. (https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/)
How do we deliver the PSHE / RSE curriculum?
All students receive at least 1 x 50 minute weekly PSHE lesson, supplemented by a further 20 minute tutor time allocation.
Our PSHE programme comprises of the 3 core PSHE themes- Health and Wellbeing, Living in the Wider World and Relationships and also the statutory areas of; RSE (Relationship and Sex Education) and Health Education.
Lessons are predominantly taught by form tutors, with whom our students are familiar with. We also receive support from external agencies such as, the school nurse, TIE companies (Loudmouth), Fire service, Police liaison officer and The Brook.
Lessons are adapted to meet the needs of individual class/ students.
Lessons are delivered in a way that allows students to feel safe, and are encouraged to ask questions.
Staff follow our tailor-made Scheme of Work to plan and deliver their lessons.
Assemblies are planned to cover any additional sessions that would benefit the whole school.
During Key Stage 3, students will:
Build on the knowledge and understanding, skills, attributes and values they have acquired and developed during the primary phase. PSHE education acknowledges and addresses the changes that young people experience, beginning with transition to secondary school, the challenges of adolescence and their increasing independence. It teaches the knowledge and skills which will equip them for the opportunities and challenges of life. Students learn to manage diverse relationships, financial capacity, their online lives, the increasing influence of peers, the media and false news.
During Key Stage 4, students will:
Deepen knowledge and understanding, extend and rehearse skills, and further explore attitudes, values and attributes acquired during Key Stage 3. PSHE education reflects the fact that students are moving towards an independent role in adult life, taking on greater responsibility for themselves and others.
It is essential that lessons are sensitive to a range of views but we ensure students always have access to the learning they need to stay safe and healthy, and protect and enforce their human rights. This will include clear, impartial information in relation to matters such as forced-marriage, female genital mutilation and abortion.
RSE- Relationships and Sex Education
As of September 2021, the DfE require all schools to deliver the statutory subject of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE).
Our RSE subject is designed with the intention of providing our students with age-appropriate information, to enable them to make positive decisions to ensure healthy related behaviour is developed.
Within our RSE curriculum we cover themes such as: respectful relationships, families, including friendships, online and media, being safe, intimate and sexual relationships, including sexual health. In addition, we will also teach our students how to recognise and report abuse, such as emotional, physical and sexual.
It is important to empower our students with the correct knowledge, understanding, skills and confidence to ensure they thrive in a forever developing world.