PSCHE

At Abbs Cross we aim to deliver PSCHE through tutor time. Our aim is to ensure the PSCHE programme helps pupils to lead confident and healthy lives both as individuals and as members of the wider community while developing their spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness.

PSCHE gives pupils the opportunities to reflect on their experiences and their personal development. It helps them to understand and responsibly manage a wide range of relationships as they get older and to show respect for diversity and differences between people.

Through work in lesson time and a wide range of activities beyond the curriculum including outside speakers and visiting groups, pupils gain practical knowledge and skills to help them live healthy lives and to deal with the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues they face as they approach adulthood.

PSHCE seeks to help students to:

  • Develop confidence, independence, responsibility and personal identity
  • Make the most of their abilities
  • Develop healthy, safe lifestyles
  • Develop good relationships and to respect the differences between people
  • Develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will help them to become effective and active members of the community

The specific units that are followed in each year group are:

  • Year 7 – Bullying, Healthy Lifestyles, Community, Values, SRE and Drugs Education, Body Changes and Puberty
  • Year 8 – Safety, Relationships, Global Politics, Crime, Stereotyping, SRE and Drugs Education, Puberty & Relationships
  • Year 9 – Safety, The Environment, Global Citizenship, Options, SRE and Drugs Education, Consent, the law, readiness for

Relationships, Contraception and Sexually transmitted infections

  • Year 10 – Safety, Global Issues, Rights and Responsibilities, The EU, SRE and Drugs Education, Consent, the law, are you ready and realistic/ unrealistic expectations, Contraception and Sexually transmitted infections
  • Year 11 – CVs, Interview techniques, Global Issues, SRE and Drugs Education

For more information about the PSCHE programme of study please visit the PSHE association website https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/resources_search_details.aspx?ResourceId=495

PSCHE and British Values

The notion of British Values is also incorporated within and embedded within the curriculum. The five-part definition of British Values is:

  • Democracy
  • The Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance of different faiths and

With these values in mind, we aim for pupils to leave Abbs Cross as well-rounded individuals, promoting the very strong British values of respecting other students of different faiths and races. They are equipped to deal with life in modern Britain. This helps them to understand and responsibly manage a wide range of relationships as they get older and to show respect for diversity.

The concept of democracy is emphasized in the programme with the concept of accountable representation being central for the Student Council, and with the School Council itself having a representative voice in School decision making. This has been further reinforced both this academic year, and last, with visits from a Peer of The Realm in Lord Lexden, and our local Member of Parliament Julia Lopez respectively. On both occasions our pupils were fully involved in lively and informative debate.

PSCHE – Topic Summary

The specific units that are followed in each year group are:

Year 7  Overview Calendar – Settling in, getting to know the tutor group/school, managing time, dangers of smoking/alcohol, British Institutions – Parliament and its history, the BBC and the NHS.

Year 8  Overview Calendar – Safety, Relationships, Healthy Eating, Benefits of exercise, awareness of drugs, British Institutions – Parliament and its history, the electoral system and advantages/disadvantages of First Past The Post.

Year 9  Overview Calendar – Different types of learning, how students themselves learn, skills related to jobs, internet safety, Options, The EU, its impact upon Britain and Britain’s role within it, Prejudice/discrimination and Female Genital Mutilation.

Year 10  Overview Calendar – Looking forward to GCSE’s, different types of learning, revision skills, the law related to smoking, UN – its impact upon Britain and Britain’s role within it, The Glorious Revolution (Bill of Rights), the Magna Carta, concept of National Insurance and the Birth of Trade Unions. We also look at Forced Marriages and Child Sexual Exploitation.

Year 11  Overview Calendar – Time management, revision skills, CV’s, Female Genital Mutilation, SRE, STI’s and Mental Health Issues.

Year 12  Overview Calendar – Mental Health, Parliament and its history, the electoral system and advantages/disadvantages of First Past The Post, EU, FGM, SRE, STI’s and Forced Marriages, Thinking Skills, Looking at Universities, Relationships, SRE and Drugs Education.

Year 13  Overview Calendar & 1 hour lesson overview – Thinking Skills, Global Issues, Relationships, SRE and Drugs Education

In Key Stages 3 and 4 (To also include Yr. 12), these topics are covered in 15 minute sessions at the end of the day.

At Key Stage 5, the students have a 1 hour session with their tutors each week.

This is all done in the knowledge that Loxford produces happy, healthy students with an insight into the world they live in.

Learning Links

BBC – Learning Zone Broadband Class
BBC – Careers Toolbox
BBC – Citizenship
Channel 4 – PSCHE Interactive resources
Channel 4 – Life Stuff Handz on
Citizenship studies
Online Grooming
CSE

https://educateagainsthate.com/

Activities

Holocaust Memorial week

Safer internet day

Safer internet for parents

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