Head of Faculty: Mr Chris Young
Head of PSHE and Careers: Miss Anna Starbuck
About the Department
PSHE education is part of the Global Faculty. As a Faculty we seek to develop the idea that our students are global citizens. Global citizenship is all about encouraging young people to develop the knowledge, skills and values they need to engage with the everchanging world. It is about the belief that we can all make a difference.
The benefits are felt across the school and beyond. Global citizenship helps young people to:
- Build their own understanding of world events.
- Learn to communicate in languages other than their own
- Think about their values and what's important to them.
- Take learning into the real world.
- Challenge ignorance and intolerance.
- Develop an argument and voice their opinions.
- See that they have power to act and influence the world around them.
Global Citizens learn about and are informed about the culture, beliefs, values, history and structure of the local, national and international communities they engage with.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic education plays directly into the development of our student’s understanding of Global Citizenship. PSHE looks at enabling students to continually develop their emotional literacy as well as understanding how to engage and be tolerant with others. We help students understand their personal wellbeing, values and power whilst encourage them to use it within society. PSHE provides students with the opportunity to discuss topical issues in a safe and cross-curricular environment.
Across both KS3 and 4 these are the topics covered.
Taught during tutor time, across various subjects, and through 5 LEAD days, this content will be delivered by both the tutors and PSHE subject champions. The LEAD days will include activities within school, trips to places of importance and interest, and external agencies providing training for our students.
Within the classroom each teacher will also develop their own ground rules with their class together to make sure all PSHE lessons are safe and effective.
We have designed our curriculum so that each half term students will have a thematic focus of either Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural or Economic, with the LEAD Day matching that theme. This will be based off a key question that students will learn about for that half term. By using SMSC(E) as our themes this has enabled use to integrate elements of PSHE, Careers, Citizenship and Religious Education together. This gives our students to opportunity to broaden and develop their perspective on all elements which a required for being a Global Citizen.
Further information on SMSC(E)
As per the government’s statutory guidance a significant element of the PSHE curriculum will focus on relationships and sex education (RSE). Aspects of this curriculum will include healthy relationships, including friendships and intimate relationships, families, becoming independent, including consent and keeping safe; developing self-esteem and confidence. All elements taught will be tailored to the age of students accessing the curriculum. These topics will be delivered alongside the tutor time and LEAD day programs.
You can also access key information from the government about the SRE curriculum ·
- Relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
- Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) (Secondary) - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
- Understanding Relationships, Sex and Health Education - a guide for secondary school parents (publishing.service.gov.uk)
- Relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education: FAQs - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
As a school we are committed to working in partnership with all members of our school community and will be sharing regular updates and support for parents and carers regarding the subject matter that is being taught. We will also be working with the student body to draft the curriculum as it develops so that they have a clear input and ownership of it.
The right of withdrawal
The statutory guidance for RSE and health education came into effect in all secondary schools from 2020. A letter will have been sent out to parents/carers about the right of withdrawal with access to the online form.
Furthermore, the following information must be taken into account when considering whether you wish to withdraw your young person from elements of this curriculum:
- Parents and carers will not be able to withdraw their young person from any aspect of relationships education or health education
- Parents and carers will be able to withdraw their young person (following communication with the school) from any or all aspects of sex education, other than those elements which are part of the science curriculum, up to and until three terms before the age of 16
- After this point, the guidance states that ‘if the child wishes to receive sex education rather than be withdrawn, the school should make arrangements to provide the child with sex education during one of those terms’
- If a young person is withdrawn from sex education the school should document this process and ‘ensure that the pupil receives appropriate, purposeful education during this withdrawal’
If you have any queries about withdrawing a pupil, or any other element of RSE please contact email@example.com