Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education
At KS3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)
PSHCE is delivered in Modules throughout KS3 for all classes. Each form group spends one term on each Module every year.
The Modules are:
- Sex and Healthy Relationships ( SRE ) and Health Education
- Careers and Finance
- St John’s Ambulance
- School nurses
- Outside Chance
- Drugsline Education
- Macmillan Cancer and Teenage Cancer trust
- Orchid Testicular Cancer
- Our local church youth leaders
- Parents of students- eg a midwife on parenting and a police officer with responsibility for domestic abuse
- Healthy Schools
- MIND Mental Health
- Amnesty International
- Fire Service
- Body Gossip
We believe that the best delivery of PSHCE is by trained, experienced specialists as this subject is of vital importance in the development of students’ health and well-being. The Head of Department has been awarded with the National PSHE Certificate. The Careers and Finance teacher is the Head of Careers and the Citizenship teacher is an experienced history teacher.
Sex and Healthy Relationships
In SRE, issues are presented to provide students with opportunities to analyse, reflect, speculate, discuss and argue constructively about the skills, attitudes and values required to have safe, fulfilling and positive relationships. The emphasis is on students taking responsibility for their own sexual health and well- being but providing support and guidance when necessary. This is taught in the context of a safe and comfortable environment where ground rules are agreed and understood. As a Christian ecumenical school we reference the teachings of Christ and remind students of the moral issues as well as discussing the social and cultural pressures.
Lessons are in form groups. Both genders are taught together to promote understanding and empathy. Interpersonal skills and communication are developed through role play and drama, facilitated by outside speakers who develop awareness of effects of high and low self- esteem.
Careers and Finance provides students with opportunities to consider career options and to provide them with the ability to research resources online, to make wise financial choices, avoid debts and understand the cost of living.
Citizenship education is about enabling young people to make their own decisions and to be aware of their rights and responsibilities in their own lives and in the wider community. This covers all the statutory Citizenship requirements.
HOW IT IS ASSESSED.
Assessment is vital in all aspects of PSHCE. Students receive termly grades and an end of year written report. Each module begins with a baseline assessment. It is important to find out what knowledge and understanding students have at the beginning. This can then be compared with the results at the end of the module. In addition, there are regular assessments including self and peer as well as teacher assessments. At the end of each lesson students are expected to complete a Learning Journal entry. The learning outcomes are made explicit at the beginning of the lesson. The students’ entries include their own knowledge and understanding and importantly their thoughts and reflections on their attitudes and values. Self – assessment is included and opportunities to consider how they will improve in subsequent lessons. Active listening skills as well as verbal contributions are assessed by students. These entries are shared and discussed as well as evaluated to encourage more detailed responses.
The delivery of PSHCE in years 10 and 11 is through Focus Days and in the tutorial programme.
All aspects are delivered through a wide range of experienced providers with proven track record of success as measured by student and staff evaluations. There is follow up by tutors wherever possible in the Tutorial programme.
We use a wide range of speakers both at KS3 and KS4 to include:
Child protection and Safeguarding issues are covered extensively throughout the PSHE programme at Davenant. Many areas of SMSC (Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural) are also covered in the delivery of the subject. The ethos of the PSHE classroom is to create a safe, comfortable environment where students can be encouraged to develop communication skills including active listening. Decision making, the ability to make moral judgements and interpersonal skills are best developed in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect.
As a year 9 student reported in an end of module evaluation:
‘PSHE allows you to get into your brain in a different way from other subjects like maths and English. It’s about real life and helps us to cope with different situations like friendships. We get the chance to talk about issues that are important to us now and that will help us in the future as well.’
Child Protection and safeguarding issues including consent are covered extensively throughout the PSHCE programme at Davenant Foundation. Many areas of the Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural policy are covered in the delivery of PSHCE. Thus the subject remains a priority.