PSHE / SMSC / IAG
Personal, Social, Health and Education (PSHE) and Citizenship helps young people to grow and mature in a range of ways. They develop their knowledge and understanding about becoming informed citizens, discussing both local and global issues that affect today’s world.
Students are also encouraged to discuss issues regarding their emotional and economic wellbeing and how to develop healthy lifestyles and demonstrate safe behaviours. There is also an emphasis on promoting the British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect as well as a tolerance of those with various faiths and beliefs.
Young people learn the importance of developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people.
In studying PSHE and Citizenship, students will improve their skills of enquiry, communication and participation. They will also grow in confidence and realise that they have a responsibility to make the most of their abilities.
Students study PSHE and Citizenship throughout all years in school.
In Years 7 and 8, students have classes once in a two week cycle, with an extra collapsed day in Year 8.
All year 9 students study one period a week of SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural) studies incorporating important elements of PSHE; healthy relationships, e-safety, sex education, issues surrounding body image and drugs and alcohol education.
SMSC lessons will also deliver Citizenship which covers Politics, Human Rights and the role of the media. In addition there will be important elements of Independent Advice and Guidance (IAG) which helps students map out their future career pathways.
All of this is in addition to the range of ‘collapsed days’ throughout the year where students engage in a range of activities focussed on careers and pathways, health and wellbeing, interview skills, sexual health, enterprise and government and democracy.
In Key Stage 5 students learn PSHE and Citizenship through their tutorial programme, collapsed days and from external speakers who talk to them about a range of subjects.
Grouping & Setting
Pupils are taught in mixed ability groups in years 7 and 8. Year 9 are taught their SMSC lessons in English sets. Much of the PSHE is taught in tutor groups.
Students are assessed as to how well they can apply their knowledge but more often as to how well they construct their ideas and thoughts about particular issues that they study. Students are given opportunities to discuss, to give presentations, to participate in group activities and to show leadership skills. There are a number of more formal assessments in years 7, 8 and 9.