Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic (PSHCE) education is a subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.
These skills and attributes help pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. In addition to this, they support pupils to become tolerant and respectful of others, which is key to our mission statement and vision of a world build on kindness, through ‘The Yavneh Way of politeness, kindness, courtesy and respect’.
The intent of our PSHCE curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and ensures that each of our pupils will understand more about how to play a positive and successful role within our society. Our aim is to support pupils’ spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development and prepare and equip them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. Furthermore, we aim to provide pupils with a knowledge of their world, locally, nationally and globally and give them confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues they are likely to face as they grow up. Central to the scheme is an intention to ensure pupils are in the position to make well informed decisions through developing a good understanding of these aforementioned issues. We aim to provide our pupils with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Finally, embedded in our curriculum is our aim to support and educate students to uphold British Values and Protected Characteristics.
Our key aims are:
- To promote outstanding personal development so that pupils become well-educated and well-rounded young adults.
- To foster an understanding of physical and mental health and the key issues that surround these, equipping pupils to make well informed decisions now and in the future.
- To support pupils to become citizens that contribute to a diverse, tolerant and respectful society.
The programme of learning follows the PSHE Association Programme of Study. The programme is also based on the DfE Statuary guidance for Relationships and Sex Education (RSE). The scheme is also supplemented with a programme of external speakers, coordinated by our Wellbeing Practitioner and Heads of Key Stage.
The curriculum is split into three core themes:
- Health and Well-being
- Wider-world and Citizenship
Pupils meet these themes throughout the course of the year and the themes are built upon as they progress through the key stages.
PSHCE is taught in a spiral and progressive curriculum which allows pupils to revisit topics or themes several times throughout KS3, 4 and 5. This allows pupils to access concepts with increasing complexity and approach issues appropriate to their age group. Learning is expanded upon and solidified each time pupils revisit the subject matter or topic. Built into the programme are assessment points following each unit of study. This gives Form Tutors and Heads of Years an overview of attainment and progress. The sequence of learning has been reviewed by Heads of Year and overseen by Heads of Key Stage. Each Year group has a rationale behind their sequence of learning and the order of topics covered.