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.
PSCHE 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
2022-2023-OVERVIEW-PSCHE-YEAR-7.Pdf (Subject to change)
Year 8 – Safety, Relationships, Global Politics, Crime, Stereotyping, SRE and Drugs Education, Puberty & Relationships
2022-2023-OVERVIEW-PSCHE-YEAR-8.Pdf (Subject to change)
Year 9 – Safety, The Environment, Global Citizenship, Options, SRE and Drugs Education, Consent, the law, readiness for
2022-2023-OVERVIEW-PSCHE-YEAR-9.Pdf Subject to change)
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
2022-2023-OVERVIEW-PSCHE-YEAR-10.Pdf (Subject to change)
Year 11 – CVs, Interview techniques, Global Issues, SRE and Drugs Education
2022-2023-OVERVIEW-PSCHE-YEAR-11.Pdf (Subject to change)
For more information about the PSCHE programme of study please visit the PSCHE association website
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 pupils of different faiths, ethnicities, and gender orientations. 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 age, and to show respect for diversity.
The PSCHE Programme aims to build understanding and knowledge of key social issues. Visiting speakers and groups, such as the Metropolitan Police and The London Ambulance Service provide pupils with a greater grasp of key social issues at both Key Stages.
The concept of Democracy is emphasised 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. The School Council, having been derived from a democratic process at Abbs Cross from Tutor Group level up, has directly influenced and - on occasion - driven, key changes. Visits from a Peer of The Realm, Lord Lexden, and our local Member of Parliament Julia Lopez, have reinforced this democratic process. On both occasions our pupils were fully involved in lively and informative debate. Pupils have also visited Parliament, on at least two occasions in this academic year, having been invited by our local Member of Parliament, Ms Lopez. Year 9 have also engaged in a presentation from Parliament’s Education Unit, which was very well received, and furthered the pupils’ political literacy and understanding of the value of democracy, and the workings of Parliament.