Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)
PSHE will enable students to feel positive about who they are and to enjoy healthy, safe, responsible and fulfilled lives. Through active learning opportunities pupils will learn to recognise and manage risk, take increasing responsibility for themselves, their choices and behaviours and make positive contributions to their families, schools and communities.
Students will learn to recognise, develop and communicate their qualities, skills and attitudes. They build knowledge, confidence and self-esteem and make the most of their abilities. Students will learn to identify and articulate feelings and emotions, learn to manage new or difficult situations positively and form and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of people.
Our aim therefore for PSHE is to provide pupils with:
- accurate and relevant knowledge
- opportunities to turn that knowledge into personal understanding
- opportunities to explore, clarify and if necessary challenge, their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities
- The skills and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives.
At Ark we know that learning and undertaking activities in PSHE education contribute to achievement of the curriculum aims for all young people to become:
- successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
- confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
- responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.
In PSHE at Ark, we will:
- Create a comfortable class room climate where students are confident and discuss their hopes, fears and sensitive issues
- Develop a set of ground rules for the PSHE class room
- Model good practice in the way we talk to students
- Provide enrichment opportunities that support and develop our students emotional and physical well being
- Work with external providers to provide the best possible experience and expertise for our students
- Remain flexible with our Curriculum and respond to issues as and when they arise.
In Year 7, 8 and 10 students receive one lesson per week (55 minutes) of PSHE, delivered by Form Tutors. In Year 9 students have 3 “Drop down” days over the course of the year with a specific PSHE focus.
Overarching Concepts of the PSHE Curriculum
|PSHE Concept||What students will learn about:|
|Identity||Their personal qualities, attitudes, skills, attributes and achievements and what influences these|
|Relationships||Including different types and in different settings|
|A healthy balanced lifestyled||Including physically, emotionally and socially (including within relationships, work-life, exercise and rest, spending and saving and diet)|
|Risk||To be managed rather than siilitiesmply avoided, and safety (including behaviour and strategies in different settings)|
|Diversity and equality||In all its forms|
|Rights, responsibilities||Including fairness and justics, and consent (in different contexts)|
|Change and resilience||The skills, strategies and 'inner resources' we can draw on when faced with challenging change or circumstances something to be managed|
|Power||How it is used and encountered in a variety of contexts including persuasion, bullying and negotiation|
|Career||Including enterprise and economic understanding|
PSHE Core theme 1: Health and Wellbeing overview
In Key Stages 3 and 4, will be taught:
- how to manage transition
- how to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing including sexual health*
- about parenthood and the consequences of teenage pregnancy
- how to assess and manage risks to health and to stay, and keep others, safe
- how to identify and access help, advice and support
- how to make informed choices about health and wellbeing matters including drugs, alcohol and tobacco, maintaining a balanced diet, physical activity, emotional health and wellbeing and sexual health
- how to respond in an emergency including administering first aid
- The role and influence of the media on lifestyle.
* Sexual health is included within this core theme however it is important that it is also considered within the context of healthy relationships.
PSHE & SRE Core theme 2: Relationships overview
In Key Stages 3 and 4, pupils will be taught:
- how to develop and maintain a variety of healthy relationships within a range of social/cultural contexts and to develop parenting skills
- how to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships
- how to deal with risky or negative relationships, including all forms of bullying and abuse, sexual and other violence and online encounters
- about the concept of consent in a variety of contexts (including in sexual relationships)
- about managing loss, including bereavement, separation and divorce
- to respect equality and be a productive member of a diverse community
- how to identify and access appropriate advice and support.
PSHE & SRE Core theme 3: Living in the Wider World overview
In Key Stages 3 and 4 pupils will focus on ‘economic wellbeing, careers and the world of work’ and be taught:
- about rights and responsibilities as members of diverse communities, as active citizens and participants in the local and national economy
- how to make informed choices and be enterprising and ambitious
- how to develop employability, team working and leadership skills and develop flexibility and resilience
- about the economic and business environment
- how personal financial choices can affect oneself and others and about rights and responsibilities as consumers
PSHE Unit Overview
|What does it mean to be an Ark student?||Conflict and war||
Introducing Sex and Relationships
|Friendship & Bullying
|Friendships, Bullying and Online safety
|Issues and consequences of teenage Pregnancy|
|Democracy and Participation||Rights and Responsibilities||Careers Day
The Real Game
|Careers and Aspirations|
|Meet my Brain||Aspirations and Stereotypes||Drugs Education|
|Values and Being me||Alcohol education||Street Safety and Impact of crime||My Body- How can I stay healthy ( inc influence of the media)|
|How do I learn best?||Healthy relationships||Managing money|