Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship & Economic Education
The purpose of the PSHCEE curriculum is to provide pupils with the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain.
The five year curriculum develops skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management and critical thinking in context of learning grouped into core themes; health and wellbeing, relationships, living in the wider world, careers and citizenship. It also aims to supports pupils’ spiritual, moral, cultural, mental (SMSC) development and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
Year 7 pupils' introduction to PSHE includes two units of health and wellbeing, providing an opportunity for support in their transition from primary schools. Health and wellbeing is also addressed in Years 8, 9 and 10 with the topics reflecting their age and maturity. Through the years students will gain the knowledge of how to keep themselves healthy, both emotionally and physically including through exercising, healthy eating and sleep.
Relationships and living in the wider world will develop pupil’s personal development, so that they are well prepared to respect others and contribute to a wider society and life in Britain. They will develop the knowledge and skills to help form healthy and recognise unhealthy relationships and how to seek support. The curriculum also aims to develop their understanding of how to keep themselves safe from relevant risks such as abuse, sexual exploitation, extremism, use of the internet and social media.
Careers and citizenships is delivered in each year group from Year 7 to Year 10, again building on their prior knowledge and also reflect their age and maturity. Students will develop employability skills so that they are well prepared for the next stage of their education, employment, self-employment or training as well as financial literacy. Learning about economic wellbeing and preparing for work are vital and inextricably linked to health and relationships.
During year 10, pupils will study two units on careers, one at the beginning of the academic year, focusing on employment, skills and application for apprenticeships and then at the end of the academic year focusing on post 16 options in preparation for the wider world.
In year 11 PSHE is addressed within the whole curriculum as well as in specialist days, visitors and assemblies.