’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
Intent- What are we trying to do?
Personal Social Health Education (PSHE) including Relationships Sex Education (RSE) is at the heart of our school values and ethos and runs throughout all that we do. The PSHE Department at Grange Park School 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 PSHE Association syllabus 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
• To help pupils to aspire to be the best they can be, to have dreams for their future and know what is required to reach them.
• As a Gold Rights respecting school we provide opportunities for our pupils to learn about rights and have an understanding of how and why they can become World Citizens. They also appreciate what it means to be a valuable member of an ever-changing diverse society. We will help them to understand and consider many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up in Modern Britain.
• To deepen our pupils’ understanding of the fundamental British values of democracy, individual liberty, the rule of law and mutual respect and tolerance
• stimulate, challenge and nurture children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity.
• help pupils to understand the importance of their physical and mental health, understand emotions and feelings and have strategies to help them become resilient and confident so they are ready for the transition to Secondary school.
• help pupils to have a good understanding of themselves, to have empathy, an ability to work with others and to form and maintain positive relationships treating everyone equally with tolerance and respect.
• teach our pupils’ age-appropriate understanding of healthy relationships through appropriate relationship and sex education.
• teach our pupils about personal safety (online and off-line) and we will ensure pupils know where and how to get help if needed.
• Provide expert independent, up-to-date careers guidance that gives our pupils the best information and opportunities available and helps them progress into further education, training and employment.
Implementation: How do we deliver the PSHE / RSE curriculum?
- Pupils are taught regularly timetabled Grange Park Time, Citizenship and World Citizens lessons by a member of Grange Park staff with whom the pupils are familiar.
- Students have a weekly form group discussion about their rights, where they look at the UN Convention of Rights for the Child (UNCRC). During this time they focus on one article where they discuss the right, how it is implemented in school and how they ensure this right is met in the wider community/world.
- Students discuss weekly in tutor group a British value, how these relate to a Right in the UNCRC.
- Staff follow our tailor-made whole school scheme to plan their lessons.
- Teaching staff link their subject schemes of work to PSHE and how their lessons and how they cover the key topic in each Key Stage.
- Lessons are adapted to meet the needs of each individual class / pupils and to deal with issues as they arise.
- Lessons are delivered in a way that ensures pupils feel safe and encourages participation by using a variety of teaching approaches with opportunities to develop critical thinking and relationship skills.
- PSHE Day- We have 6 PSHE Days across the academic year which ensures the KS2,3,4 and 5 curriculum is met. These are fun engaging days, where the students are off timetable, having visitor speakers, out on trips, meeting real people in a profession of interest, looking inside a police car and parents visiting for special events.
- Our weekly Assemblies discuss what is going on in the world, what our Right of the week is and it is a celebration of all the pupils have achieved.
- Having the Leading Parent Partnership award show how we work in partnership with parents informing them about what their children are learning and when required, providing guidance towards resources that can be used at home.
Impact: What difference is the curriculum making to our pupils?
• We are proud of the PSHE / RSE work that we deliver at Grange Park School, the evidence being seen through the well-rounded, confident, tolerant and independent pupils that we see day in and day out.
• The pupils’ attitude, behaviour and demeanour around school, within lessons, at playtimes’ and out in the community demonstrates the respect, tolerance and high aspirations that our pupils have of themselves and each other.
• Pupils leave us ready for their next step and are armed with skills, knowledge and understanding that they can take forward into adulthood.
• Our pupils leave us prepared for life in an ever-changing modern Britain. They have the tools they need to succeed, keep themselves safe and thrive.
Having two PSHE Subject leads over the Secondary and Primary schools ensures the impact is measured, adapted and personalised for our pupils. This can be done through lesson observations, work scrutiny, Pupil voice, staff discussions, yearly schemes of work completed and areas for development are discussed, and addressed for the next year and are collaboratively developed.
For more information on our PSHE curriculum, please contact Mrs Sarah Hume.