- This PSHCEe curriculum for year nine is drawn from the PSHE Education Programme of Study also incorporating key concepts of citizenship. The Programme of Study can be found here: https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/resources_search_details.aspx?ResourceId=495. The year nine PSHCEe curriculum is comprised of six units – each of these are assessed at the end of the half term through a written or speaking and listening assessment. There are no formal external examinations – all assessments are internal.
- The curriculum begins with a consideration of what it means to live legally as a member of UK society and how the Criminal Justice system seeks to keep individuals accountable to this. It particularly focuses on this through the lens of gangs and knife crime, moving on to consider how violence is not an effective route to change and how the UK democratic system can be utilised for this process. This feeds into the next scheme of learning which concerns managing risks particularly online including how to prevent cyberbullying and keeping safe in relationships. In Spring they learn about the risks of a variety of drugs including the legal, emotional and financial implications of drug use. Following the half term, students consider the importance of their emotional wellbeing, thinking about what we mean by mental health including the importance of maintaining a healthy approach towards our bodies and eating. In the Summer term they look at what we mean by a healthy relationship including appropriate attitudes towards sexual relations and how to prevent risks of pregnancy and STIS. The curriculum ends with a return to the concept of citizenship by a focus on how and why it is important to combat prejudice and discrimination in society through an analysis of homophobic behaviour and language.
All these curriculum topics are looked at using a variety of learning strategies including role plan, discussion, debating, writing, and interactive learning techniques. They allow students to develop their self-awareness whilst broadening their understanding of the world and developing key skills such as empathy, critical thinking and collaboration.
- An appropriate starting points for further enquiries into this content would be on the PSHE association website: https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/content.aspx?CategoryID=1043. Other useful websites include Childline (https://www.childline.org.uk/Pages/Home.aspx), NHS (http://www.nhs.uk/pages/home.aspx), and CEOP (http://www.ceop.police.uk/).