Subject Leader – Miss D Hooper

Introduction

At Edward Peake Middle School, personal, social, health and citizenship education (PSHCE) enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.

We believe that the purpose of PSHCE education is to build, where appropriate, on the statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum, the basic school curriculum and in statutory guidance on: drug education, financial education, citizenship, personal safety, relationship and sex education (RSE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.

At Edward Peake, we believe that PSHCE plays a vital part of education and needs to be taught weekly. This enables staff to ensure full coverage of PSHCE (including RSE) is taught to each year group. PSHCE is integral to the development of children’s values in order for them to become a positive citizen in a forever changing community. PSHCE is also an important part of collective worship, where children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.

Intent:

The intention of the PSHCE curriculum is to equip pupils with essential skills for life so that pupils can stay safe and healthy, including online. Pupils have the knowledge and skills to build and maintain healthy relationships and are able to assess risk and make safe and informed decisions now and in the future. The PSHCE curr iculum ensures every child is offered challenging and engaging learning experiences with Christian values at heart. 

Our main aims are to:

  • Live: Ensure pupils develop as independent, confident and successful learners so that they can make an active contribution to society and their communities, as well as making informed and safe decisions within their own lives 
  • Love: Ensure pupils are prepared for the next stage of their education and broaden pupils’ horizons through developing the knowledge, skills and attributes to manage life’s challenges
  • Learn: Develop an understanding of self and the importance of physical and mental wellbeing and to support pupils in recognising risks and how to ask for or receive support

The PSHCE curriculum has three core concepts threaded throughout. These are: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. The curriculum has been designed with these concepts in mind to ensure that all pupils benefit from a well structured approach to their learning in PSHCE.

The PSHCE curriculum allows equal opportunities for all pupils, regardless of their starting point or any possible barrier to learning. PSHCE allows pupils to enhance their understanding of themselves, their communities and the wider world. Pupils’ cultural capital is expanded as PSHCE provides opportunities for pupils to learn about and explore cultures beyond their own. 

Implementation:

Pupils are encouraged to broaden and deepen knowledge of PSHCE whilst showing a positive attitude to learning. The intent is implemented in PSHCE through a series of discussion, questioning, explanation and research. The PSHCE curriculum is designed and implemented so that it builds on prior knowledge and prepares pupils for the next stage in their learning. Vocabulary is available during learning time and is built upon throughout the curriculum. Pupils are given time at the beginning of lessons to display their existing knowledge and are given opportunities at the end of lessons to reflect and review what they have learnt. 

 

Live: Ensure pupils develop as independent, confident and successful learners so that they can make an active contribution to society and their communities, as well as making informed and safe decisions within their own lives

 

Love: Ensure pupils are prepared for the next stage of their education and broaden pupils’ horizons through developing the knowledge, skills and attributes to manage life’s challenges Learn: Develop an understanding of self and the importance of physical and mental wellbeing and to support pupils in recognising risks and how to ask for or receive support
In the classroom

MTPs have sequenced objectives – schemes to have a balance between Health and Relationship Education for all year groups, and Sex Education for Year 6,7 and 8. Citizenship is taught through Living in the Wider World and Young Leaders’ Award

Opportunities to discuss and collaborate with peers

Consistent expectations for pupils and their attitudes to learning

A clear focus on Christian and British values

Development of pupils’ cultural capital through celebration of diversity and multiculturalism 

Sequenced learning with prior learning revisited and built upon. 

Young Leaders’ Award programme 

Opportunities in lessons to explore aspects of local, national and world issues, stigmas and misconceptions, and to explore ethnicities, cultures, traditions and religions

Young Leaders’ Award

Tenner Challenge 

Quality first teaching 

Stimulating learning activities

Opportunities for open discussions with teachers and peers

Broad, balanced and knowledge-rich curriculum offering

MTPs give opportunities for a range of skills to be taught and enhanced such as using vocabulary to articulate thoughts and feelings, applying knowledge through written tasks and review of prior and new learning

Out of the classroom

Appropriate & challenging home learning.

Access to online resources & knowing where & how to get support.

Close links with feeder lower schools & upper schools

Visits from members of the wider community & world of work.

Staff CPD on recent changes to the curriculum.

Opportunities to contribute to the school community.

Pupil voice contributes to understanding of how communities & society works.

Impact:

Pupils achieve academically, are ready for their next steps in education and have high aspirations for their future.

Live: Ensure pupils develop as independent, confident and successful learners so that they can make an active contribution to society and their communities, as well as making informed and safe decisions within their own lives Love: Ensure pupils are prepared for the next stage of their education and broaden pupils’ horizons through developing the knowledge, skills and attributes to manage life’s challenges Learn: Develop an understanding of self and the importance of physical and mental wellbeing and to support pupils in recognising risks and how to ask for or receive support

Pupils are able to question confidently and support their responses.

KS2 pupils attain broadly in line with national averages, given their starting points

Progress across the four years is at least good

Pupils, regardless of backgrounds, are prepared for the wider world and are able to apply knowledge and skills to social situations

Pupils are prepared to move from one year group to the next

KS3 pupils are secondary ready

Pupils learn about self-worth and what goals and aspirations they want to pursue now and in the future 

Pupils are able to manage risks and use positive strategies for challenges and change

Pupils have high aspirations for their future

Pupils are prepared for the wider world

Pupils extend their cultural capital

Pupils will have a greater appreciation of the world as a community and the diversity within it

Pupils will be able to reflect on their decisions and the impacts they may have

PSHCE & RSE Guide For Parents

Relationships & Sex Education Policy