PSHE education should …enable children and young people 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..……….PSHE education is……….about developing young people’s sense of identity, their capacity to relate to other people and handle setbacks.’ – Sir Alisdair McDonald
The PHSE curriculum at Rushey Mead Academy aims to develops students in becoming well-rounded and aware citizens who are equipped to cope with the challenges and changes in our modern society. Through engagement with a variety of topics, students are encouraged to question and discuss their beliefs and understanding of various issues that affect them and the rest of society. The curriculum aims to equip students with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives. Along with Stop the Clock activities and assemblies, as well as other curriculum subjects, the PSHE curriculum develops important understanding and appreciation of the British Values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and respect and tolerance.
Key Stage 3 features and summary
At Key Stage 3, Year 7 and 8 PHSE is delivered during Stop the clock sessions, assemblies and through the citizenship element of humanities lessons.
In year 9 all students have one dedicated lesson per week of PSHE The topics studied across KS3 include:
- Personal Relationships
- Sex and Relationships
- Drugs Education
- Risk, Extremism and radicalisation
- Mental health and wellbeing
- Financial literacy
- Basic first aid
The termly breakdown in Year 9 of one lesson per week:-
- Autumn term – Sex and Relationships Education
- Spring term – Careers, first aid, finance
- Summer term – Risk, Prevent, radicalisation, extremism
KS3 curriculum map & knowledge organisers
Key Stage 4 features and summary
In years 10 and 11, content is covered during Stop the clock sessions. Some elements are covered in assemblies and through tutor time work. There are no discreet lessons.
KS4 curriculum map & knowledge organisers
Stop the clock sessions
Assessment and feedback
No formal assessment for Stop the Clock
In Year 9 PSHE lessons there are some assessments built into lessons:
- Autumn term – written assessment at the end of the Autumn term SRE – Verbal feedback from teacher
- Spring and Summer terms – in-class presentations/ information posters – Verbal feedback and peer assessment.
Useful websites and resources
Websites/books/resources that students can access to help them in their learning:
- bbc.co.uk/newsround– general news articles
- parliament.uk/education –information about politics
- moneymakesense.co.uk -financial information for young people
- themix.org.uk/ information on drugs, health and relationships
- youngminds.org.uk– information about the emotional wellbeing of young people
- bullying.co.uk– advice about bullying
- familylives.org.uk -information for parents on dealing with issues which affect young people.
- www.phse-association.org.uk/phse-education-guide-parents Information for parents.
Further Reading KS3 PSHE – Link
Further Reading KS4 PSHE – Link
- Performances by outside agency – Chelsea’s choice
- Red Cross visits
- NHS visits
- Charities e.g. Karma Nirvana (forced marriage)
- Police visits
- Employers e.g. assemblies, interview technique, parent events
- Input from post-16 providers and employers
- National Citizenship Service
- Apprenticeship providers
Stretch and challenge opportunities
- Play performed by outside agency-Chelsea’s choice.
- National Citizenship Service-RMA is the champion of champions for take up- best take up in the east Midlands. Take up is over 50% of the cohort.
- Bespoke work experience Y10 including with the CPS, engineering, retail, businesses
- Experience days at post 16 providers
- University trips
- Speed networking with employers
- Lunchtime drop ins to meet with a variety of employers including the army
- National takeover challenge
- Oxbridge talks
- STEM opportunities
- Mock interviews
- University holiday clubs
Completion of tasks and research twice per half term.