Head of PSHCE Miss K Hyland
Our Curriculum intent for PSHCE is to provide a relevant, current, informative and empowering programme for all students which is underpinned by Fundamental British Values and through which we enable all students to think, question, empathise, challenge their own thoughts; be well informed and able to distinguish between myths & facts; make real connections between self, others and the rest of the world; and understand the impact of their actions on self, others and the wider world.
In particular our students will:
- become better informed on key issues around their own physical, social, emotional and mental health and well being, their personal safety and their changing relationships, knowing where and how to seek support for themselves or others
- have opportunities to develop a number of personal and employability skills and qualities as they begin to explore and make informed decisions on their future pathways
- appreciate the value and role of democracy and be encouraged to be active local and global citizens
What is PSHCE?
PSHCE stands for “Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education”.
Why do we study PSHCE?
The PSHCE curriculum at The Green School for Girls has been drawn up to meet recommendations from the DfE and the PSHE Association, in response to best practice guidelines and most importantly the needs and interests of our students. The purpose of PSHCE is to equip our students with the knowledge and skills they need to participate fully and succeed in their school lives and in the wider world now and in the future.
What do we study?
The PSHCE curriculum is designed to stimulate discussion, challenge our own thoughts and opinions and learn from experts and expert resources.
Students in years 7 to 11 receive one or two hours of PSHCE lessons a fortnight. Years 12 and 13 study PSHCE during drop-down sessions throughout the year. In addition to this, themes within PSHCE are integrated into form-time activities, assemblies and presentations and workshops from visiting organisations.
To view a full summary of our KS3 and KS4 PSHCE curriculum please click here.
By the end of Sixth Form, many young people will leave home for the first time and live as independent adults, possibly in new and distant locations. Our PSHEC Sixth Form programme aims to prepare them to manage their lives now and for their future. Students learn to research and recall information accurately, draw on skills and strategies and apply learning from earlier years. Students are offered opportunities to explore their attitudes, values and beliefs and to develop the skills, language and strategies necessary to manage health, relationship, legal, financial, employment and political issues when they encounter them in their lives.
Increasingly, future employers are asking potential employees not only to describe their key skills and attributes but also to evidence where they have demonstrated competence in applying them, for example describing when they have taken on a variety of roles within a team or led a team to a successful outcome. PSHCE education can provide opportunities to evidence these skills and attributes. Students extend the knowledge and understanding they have been developing throughout their PSHEC education, ready for independent living and the next stage in their education or career.
How do we study PSHCE?
PSHCE lessons are designed to allow discussion, reflection and teamwork exercises and often involve a practical or creative element such as creating a campaign or presentation. Students in years 7 to 9 will have the opportunity to undertake a practical “active citizenship” project which enables them to develop their understanding and utilise their skills to address an issue directly affecting their lives. PSHCE also allows time for students to reflect on and evaluate the on-going development of their learning constructs and the essential skills they needed across all subjects and beyond the curriculum.
Presentation of Work
Each term students work through a booklet of varied tasks and activities. Much of the learning takes place in groups and pairs as well as many opportunities for personal reflection. We look to provide practical strategies to deal with situations we may be faced with and always build into lessons where and how to access support. Through debating and discussing and investigating, students learn in form groups and often work together to create campaigns, presentations and out of school actions to apply their knowledge.
How parents/carers can support their children
Parents would best support their children in PSHCE by discussing the subject matter with them. Everything in the curriculum is designed to be relevant to students' lives, particularly when we learn about mental health for example, with statistics showing a rise nationally in mental health issues amongst young people. There will also be points where we will discuss topics that could be controversial, by having an open and honest discussion at home as well as in the classroom students can become more well rounded, analytical thinkers.
Students will be asked to undertake a formal assessment once a term.
Careers Leading on from PSHCE
The skills developed in PSHCE are what we call 'soft skills' and are important to any job in any industry. We all require a broad understanding of topics and issues that do not fit within the defined curriculum subjects. Our ability to comment on, analyse and discuss these with confidence is one of the ways that we integrate ourselves into society and the world of work.
- Careers in Public services such as social work, policing, NHS and teaching are areas that a strong background in PSHCE would support.
To view more information about our school Careers programme please click here