Personal, Social & Health Education
Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) is interwoven right through the core of our school community. We believe as a school that we cover these important topics in every aspect of our curriculum; however, we do pride ourselves in delivering stand-alone opportunities during our PSHE sessions. All pupils in our school receive one PSHE lesson per week on their timetable as a set session, however, we pride ourselves in addressing PSHE themes throughout the school as a whole, through assemblies, team days, social time support, lunchtime clubs, after school clubs and interventions.
PSHE helps pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain. The scheme of work we follow was developed by the Healthy Schools Partnership and Health Education Partnership (HEP). Our scheme of work aims to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team working and critical thinking in the context of learning grouped into three core themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world. The scheme is progressional and the learning outcomes are separated into year groups. With this in mind, it is essential to determine the stage of development and understanding that pupils have reached, together with their experience and perceptions, then use this information to decide upon teaching contents that are relevant. We do this by using our professional judgement as specialist teachers, along with any relevant assessment data throughout the school.
Most of the PSHE sessions across the school are heavily discussion-based, so all pupils can access it, contribute and develop their social skills along with their spoken language and attentive listening. There is an expectation that written evidence should be collected, however the way that this is collected is less pressuring than most other subjects due to the sensitive content covered. In Early Years and Key Stage 1 learning is evidenced on Tapestry, which is an online learning journal. The evidence might consist of photographs and observations from staff. In Key Stage 2 and our life skills class called Manchester (Key Stage 3-4), learning achieved is evidenced and collated in one large class floor book. This floor book might consist of photographs, written work, observations by staff, comments from pupils and activities completed.
In Secondary Key Stage 3 and 4, pupils use journals to record any written work, along with opinions, thoughts, worries or concerns about the lesson content covered, almost in a diary manner. Some individual classes currently use an online recording system on Google Classroom, due to their abilities.
Under Government proposals, all pupils will study compulsory health education as well as new reformed relationships education in primary school and relationships and sex education in secondary school. Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is taught within the personal, social, and health Education (PSHE) curriculum. Biological aspects of SRE are taught within the science curriculum, and other aspects are included in religious education (RE). Pupils in year 9 and across KS4 sometimes receive stand-alone sex education sessions delivered by a trained health professional from the school nursing team each year if they have availability.
As a school, we notify parents by letter when particular aspects of sex and relationships education is taught and all parents have the right to withdraw their child from all or part of the programme. If a parent wishes their child to be withdrawn from sex education lessons, they should discuss this with the headteacher, and make it clear which aspects of the programme they do not wish their child to participate in. The school will then support the child in any way in which the parents desire, either way, the school always complies with the wishes of parents in this regard. Parents have the right to withdraw their children from the non-statutory, non-science components of RSE. The RSE policy along with the PSHE scheme of work is available on the school website and printed copies can be made available upon request.