Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic education
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Members of the Department:
The Personal Social Health Citizenship & Economic (PSHCE) curriculum is a programme of learning through which our students acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHCE develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
PSHCE contributes to personal development by helping pupils to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help pupils to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives. The curriculum encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic wellbeing. A critical component of PSHCE education is providing opportunities for students to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.
This PSHCEe curriculum for year seven is drawn from the PSHE Education Programme of Study also incorporating key concepts of citizenship.
The Programme of Study can be found here:
It is also informed by the local Chimat profiles, staff, student and parent voice. The year seven PSHCEe curriculum is comprised of six units – each of these are assessed at the end of the half term through a written, canvas based or speaking and listening assessment. There are no formal examinations.
This PSHCEe curriculum for year seven begins with a focus on the transition from Primary school to Secondary school and how to adjust to new environment and expectations. This is done through an exploration of resilience, good learner vs good student and health. It moves on to think about the important topic of Bullying and E-Safety where students reflect on how to use the internet and social media safely and identify what bullying looks like and how to prevent it/deal with it. The next unit focuses on management of risk and prioritising personal safety with a focus on topics such as road and fire safety. This is followed by a unit discussing what puberty is and the changes it brings and some of the myths about body image. The next changes each year depending on UNICEF ‘Day for change’ but is always linked to themes of global citizenship and helping others. Finally students consider how to perform basic first aid both in terms of practical and emotional support as well as how and when to dial 999.
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.
Recommended websites/sources for support can be found on the main PSHCEe curriculum page
The programme is always under review to keep up to date to ensure it meet the needs of the students and in response to current issues/topics. For this reason, there may be some changes to the curriculum during the year. If there are any key areas/topics which you feel should be addressed and currently aren’t please contact Ms Barker (Head of PSHCE) on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Home learning is allocated on a weekly basis by each department. It may be an isolated piece of work, a project, research or an alternative task which challenges the students to solidify their knowledge and / or extend it.
This PSHCEe curriculum for year eight is drawn from the PSHE Education Programme of Study also incorporating key concepts of citizenship.
It is also informed by the local Chimat profiles, staff, student and parent voice. The year eight PSHCEe curriculum is comprised of six units – each of these are assessed at the end of the half term through a written, canvas based or speaking and listening assessment. There are no formal examinations.
The PSHCEe curriculum for year eight begins deepening students understanding of healthy relationships which were first looked at in year seven. This is done through the lens of friendships and a consideration of what healthy friendships look liked and how to manage the demands of peer pressure and conflict. This moves onto consider topic issues in sport including a discussion of some of the current ethical questions it faces. Spring one is an important topic for helping to inform student GCSE and BTEC preferences as they consider how to make decisions and what options are best suited for their needs and future career options. Following this, students continue to look at themes of healthy lifestyles, risks and safety first considered in year seven: in year eight these ideas are explored through a focus on some of the risks involved in the use of drugs and alcohol. The next unit links into the concept of citizenship initially explored in year seven with a focus on the UK parliamentary system, what it is and how it works. Finally students will consider how to be financially capable including setting up a bank account, using an ATM and budgeting.
This PSHCEe curriculum for year eleven is drawn from the PSHE Education Programme of Study also incorporating key concepts of citizenship.
It is also informed by the local Chimat profiles, staff, student and parent voice. 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.
Sex and relationships education (SRE): Parents do not have the right to withdraw their child from SRE that is part of National Curriculum Science. Parents do have the right to withdraw their child from other aspects of the programme (that are not statutory) that may be taught in PSHCE. If a parent wishes their child to be withdrawn from SRE lessons they should discuss this with the Headteacher and Miss Barker (Head of PSHCEe) and make it clear which parts of the programme they do not wish their child to participate in.
All students who follow this course will be given home learning weekly. Wider reading is always useful either from the websites offered, the text book or as directed by their classroom teacher.
It is also informed by the local Chimat profiles, staff, student and parent voice. The year ten 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 examinations.
The curriculum begins with an introduction to work experience that students are required to undertake at the end of year ten, helping them to consider where they might want to go and why. It also prepares their applications through the creation of a curriculum vitae and letter of application and provides an opportunity for them to practice interviews. In the second half of the autumn term they return to the topic of healthy relationships looked at in previous years but at a more mature level through a consideration of how to identify a non-healthy relationship and the importance of personal wellbeing both physically and mentally. In the Spring they discuss ideas relating to the necessity of recognising humanities role as global citizens through the lens of what happened during and after the Rwandan Genocide including the importance of combatting intolerance within communities. Following the half term, students discuss how to live as a consumer in the wider world including the importance of shopping ethically, and utilising skill skills such as budgeting. In the first Summer term they return to the topic of relationships and sex first look at in year nine, thinking at a more mature level about issues such as sexting and parenting. They end the year through further preparation for their year ten exams and work experience.
It is also informed by the local Chimat profiles, staff, student and parent voice. The year eleven PSHCEe curriculum is comprised of five units – each of these are assessed at the end of the half term through a written, canvas based or speaking and listening assessment. There are no formal examinations.
The curriculum begins by building on their work experience undertaken in year ten. It considers skills that they utilised and could be required in the world of employment. It also focuses on the practicalities of paying tax, receiving a pay slip and being unemployed. In the second half of the autumn term they return to the concept of global citizenship through an analysis of refugees and migration and a debate on an appropriate response by the UK. They also prepare their applications for post-sixteen colleges or sixth forms. In the Spring they return to the topic of relationships and sex looked at in year ten, thinking at a more mature level at issues such as consent and sexualisation in the media. In the second half of the Spring term they consider what it means to have rights as humans and how these should be upheld legally regardless of gender, culture, sexuality and so forth. Finally, they spend their remaining lessons before study leave focusing on their managing their emotional wellbeing particularly during exams through an analysis of effective revision strategies and study skill techniques.
Useful Websites & Contacts:
All areas of PSHCEe:
www.childline.org.uk – Childline provide support to young people who have concerns about themselves or their friends. They are trained listeners who will never break your confidentiality and will never judge. They are available 24 hours a day, every day of the year. You can either call them on 0800 1111 or you can talk to them online at www.childline.org.uk
www.samaritans.org – Samaritans: call 08457 90 90 90 any time day or night.
www.youngminds.org.uk – Young Minds is a charity which focuses on young people’s mental health and emotional wellbeing. The site includes downloadable information leaflets on a range of topics, including self-harm, aimed at both young people and adults.
www.b-eat.co.uk – Beat, the eating disorders charity: the UK’s leading charity supporting anyone affected by eating disorders or difficulties with food, weight or shape
www.selfharm.co.uk – this is a website developed by someone who used to self-harm. It provides lots of support and information including access to ‘Alumina’, which is a six-week online programme to help you overcome self-harm. You can self-refer.
http://thewishcentre.org.uk/ - a local service offering self-harm support and recovery
Health and Drugs education:
http://www.nhs.uk/ - has lots of information ranging from puberty to staying physically healthy
http://www.compass-uk.org/compass-harrow - an organisation based in Harrow which works to prevent substance misuse amongst young people up to the age of 24. Self-referral is also possible.
Relationships and Sex education:
Staying safe online:
http://www.parliament.uk/education/ - contains lots of educational games and information on what it means to be a citizen in the UK and different forms of government
http://www.redcross.org.uk/What-we-do/Teaching-resources - website contains lots of information about humanitarian related topics and how students can become active citizens
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender support:
www.stonewall.org.uk/ - Stonewall works with a whole range of angencies to address the needs of lesbians, gay men and bisexual people in the wider community.
Tel: 020 7593 1850
www.metrocentreonline.org/ - Metro is a leading equality & diversity charity, providing health, comminity & youth services across London & the South East & national & international projects. METRO works with anyone experiencing issues related to gender, sexuality, diversity or identity.
Tel: 0208305 5000
www.akt.org.uk/ - The Albert Kennedy Trust supports young LGBT 16-25 year olds who are made homeless or living in a hostile environment.
Tel: 020 7831 6562
www.schools-out.org.uk/ Schools out is an organisation that aims to make schools safe and inclusive for everyone.
https://switchboard.lgbt/ - LLGS provides free & confidential support & information to lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgendered communities throughout the UK.
Tel: 0300 330 0630
www.fflag.org.uk/ - FFLAG is a national voluntary organisation and registered charity dedicated to supporting parents and their lesbian, gay and bisexual daughters and sons.
Tel: 0845 652 0311
www.mermaidsuk.org.uk/ - Mermaid offers family and individual support for teenagers and children with gender identity issues.
Tel: 0844 334 0550
www.brook.org.uk/ - BROOK provides free and confidential sexual health services and advice for young people under 25.
Tel: 07717 989023
www.bishuk.com/ - BISH UK is for everyone over 14, who are, or are thinking about, having sex and relationships. All genders and sexualities, people with disabilities, backgrounds, beliefs and values. Tel: 0844 334 0550
To be confirmed
Park High School, Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 1PL
Mr Emlyn Lumley
0208 952 2803