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:
- 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.