Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. It helps children and young people to stay healthy and safe, while preparing them to make the most of life and work. PSHE education also helps pupils to achieve their academic potential.
At JSTC, we strongly believe in the importance and benefit that PSHE education brings to our students. Our intent is to prepare students for the range of challenges they may face, not just throughout their time at school, but beyond their secondary education too. We aim to do this by providing students with the skills and knowledge to understand themselves and others, manage their wellbeing, create and sustain healthy relationships and ultimately make informed decisions about various aspects of their lives.
As of September 2020, the Department for Education published new Statutory Guidance, for Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education, which sets out what schools must cover as part of their PSHE education provision. Our PSHE provision goes beyond the guidance to ensure that our students are also gaining knowledge and skills surrounding: economic wellbeing, careers, enterprise and personal safety, including assessing and managing risk. Furthermore, our curriculum is selected to meet the needs of our students and the area of Lincolnshire that we are situated in.
Good PSHE education addresses both students’ current experiences and preparation for their future. We, therefore provide a spiral curriculum to develop knowledge, skills and attributes, where prior learning is revisited, reinforced and extended year on year.
There are three main strands to our curriculum:
- Health and Wellbeing
- Living in the Wider World
In KS3, students will cover each strand twice throughout the year. Many topics may fall under more than one strand meaning that students may learn about some topics more than once. This is important as it highlights to students the cross over between different aspects of their lives. It further supports reinforcing the knowledge, skills and attributes throughout the year. In KS4, each strand is covered at least once, however, the same retrieval principals are followed as in KS3.
We have a good teams of teachers responsible for teaching PSHE education lessons. Lessons are designed to be engaging and allow students to put their different skills into practice. A proportion of many lessons includes discussion opportunities. By voicing opinions and having constructive discussions and debates, it allows students to understand that each person will have individual views, but more importantly, students learn how to respond to opinions, particularly when they may disagree.
In addition to the lesson based curriculum, we are also developing a series of events where external organisations come into the school to deliver high quality workshops from experts in their fields. These currently include the Lincolnshire Stay Safe Partnership, Prison A Reality and the Smashed Project. These workshops build
In KS3, PSHE education is delivered during one designated lesson per week throughout the year. Our KS3 curriculum can be viewed by clicking the image below.
In KS4, PSHE education is delivered during one designated lesson per week for two terms. PSHE education is only taught for two terms as during KS4, is it on rotation with Religious Studies (referred to as PRS on timetables). Due to this rotation, groups will be taught topics at different times, therefore, the curriculum overview is not based on terms as with KS3. Our KS4 curriculum can be viewed by clicking the image below.