The aim of our Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education curriculum is to enable our students develop the knowledge, understanding, attributes, attitudes and skills required to keep themselves safe, healthy, happy and well; to develop healthy, nurturing relationships; to manage the opportunities and challenges they face now and in the future, and to become active and valuable members of an ever-changing diverse society. We want our students to grow into young adults who can think independently and critically, and have the knowledge to make informed choices around their physical, mental, sexual, emotional and economic wellbeing.
Through our spiral thematic approach, we cover six key themes in PSHE that are revisited and developed as students progress through School. This allows students to build on prior learning and to revisit areas and explore them at an age-appropriate level thus deepening their knowledge and understanding.
Our PSHE programme of study follows the framework provided by the PSHE Association (www.pshe-association.org.uk). This national programme of study covers Key Stages 3 to 5 and is based on three overarching themes:
1. Health and Wellbeing
3. Living in the Wider World
These are broken down further into the following core themes which also include wider elements of Personal Development:
Theme 1: Rights, Responsibilities & British Values
Theme 2: Celebrating Diversity & Equality
Theme 3: Relationships & Sex Education
Theme 4: Staying Safe Online & Offline
Theme 5: Health & Wellbeing
Theme 6: Life Beyond School
Teaching Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education is a statutory requirement and our School adheres to the guidance from the Department for Education. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from the non-statutory components of RSE; further information can be found here.
The PSHE programme is taught through a range of teaching methods, based on active engagement in learning. Students are given opportunities to consider and clarify their values and beliefs and to practise and develop enquiry and interpersonal skills. There are high learning expectations for all students as they are challenged to think deeply about the different aspects of PSHE and their rights and responsibilities in respect of being caring, thoughtful and responsible individuals. All students will be encouraged to contribute to sessions, though, due to the sensitive nature of some areas of the curriculum, there will be an awareness on the part of the teacher that a student may not wish to share a response with a larger group of their fellow students.
PSHE is delivered via the tutor programme in Years 7-13. Alongside these tutor time sessions, students in Years 7 and 8 receive an additional one-hour PSHE session every fortnight allowing them to explore content in greater depth. Student progress is measured through baseline and end-of-unit ‘confidence checks’ as part of our ipsative approach to helping students succeed in PSHE. All work is monitored and quality assured by our PSHE Co-ordinator, David Williamson-Ward, who also has oversight of the schemes of work and lesson resources. Due to the ever-evolving nature of some elements of the PSHE content, the curriculum maps below will be updated on a termly basis.
The PSHE curriculum is complemented by our extensive assembly programme and high-quality provision from external specialist providers who come into School to work with our students. Further details for Years 7 – 11 are found below. Years 12 & 13 follow their own lecture programme which includes regular visits from guest speakers on a range of topics.
The Student Health Guide can be accessed by clicking here. This annual magazine is an excellent publication that caters for all areas of student life, with an emphasis on health and wellbeing. Suitable for ages 14-18. In School there are other books kept in our ‘Pastoral Library’ found in Mrs Ford’s office that are suitable for a range of ages. A list of titles is found here.
Further Helpful Links
Online support and access to accredited counsellors
Practical and emotional support to those experiencing poverty and disadvantage
Support for victims of domestic abuse
Information about drugs, help and advice
Guidance and support across many different areas
Advice and support about bullying
Child Exploitation and Online Protection – report concerns about online communication
Advice and support about bullying
How to keep children safe online
Advice and information about sexual health services in Lincolnshire
Sexual health advice and information