PSHE education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain. Evidence shows that well-delivered PSHE programmes have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.’ PSHE Association 2019. The PSHE Department at St Mary’s Catholic aims to provide a coherent programme of personal, health, social, citizenship and careers education. As a department we aim to encourage high aspirations so as to maximise progress and to enable all pupils to experience the joy of success. Our aims for PSHE also reflect the DFE and Catholic Education Service PSHE curriculum which is to equip pupils to live healthy, safe productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives through core themes of health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world. Our intent is to provide and academic PSHE curriculum that provides opportunities for pupils to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.
Our spiral curriculum forms the basis for a whole child education which allows students to grow in wisdom, understanding, self-esteem and closeness to God. Our curriculum utilises resources from the Ten:Ten group which deliver topics centred on the Catholic view. The topics covered are age appropriate for each year group, taking into account their experiences and the risks they might face. The curriculum has been developed to include all statutory guidance from the DFE, topics designed around the local needs for our setting and careers lessons to build aspiration.
Year 7 forms the introduction to the spiral curriculum in PSHE. Topics covered in year 7 will give an introduction to the themes detailed below and will aim to provided them with knowledge and a range of skills to allow them to interact with the curriculum moving through the five years.
Year 7 topics aim to instil positive images in the vision of God, to manage risks as they become independent and introduce them to the world of work.
The Year 8 scheme develops the skills and knowledge for Year 7. Students will continue to develop the knowledge and skills to build their own eulogy values.
Year 8 specifically look at those risks that may begin to impact on them as they grow in independence with focus on high risk activities and County Lines.
Year 8 will also develop their knowledge of the working world and how to develop their employability skills whilst setting targets to be ambitious.
In KS4 the students will have spent three years developing their knowledge and skills of the main key focuses set out in KS3. They will now continue to learn about the factors and influences they might start to experience or be aware of. In KS4 students will learn more about sexual relationship, parenthood and abuse in order to identify it when they see it and know how to deal with this behaviour.
KS5 is a more fluid scheme of learning with takes into account the differing cohort of students that attend. Due to the ever changing nature of the work around them and their exposure to different settings and freedoms the Sixth Form team adapt the lessons more frequently based on the topics set out below.