PSHE is taught using the Jigsaw program of learning. This is used in all primary schools in our trust and allows for learning at KS3 to build on learning in KS2. The program covers all statutory RSE from 2021. There are 6 themes in the PSHE program, each theme lasts a half term and is revisited each year to allow learning to be developed in an age appropriate way, building on the prior learning.
Students are taught PSHE by their tutors, this allows them to work with a member of staff with whom they will already have a daily contact. All students in the same year group will study PSHE at the same time in the week.
Students often achieve in PSHE regardless of their educational needs or abilities. This is due to the discussion based nature of the subject. There are no exams in PSHE.
The 6 core themes PSHE is divided into are:
Being me in my world
- Students explore their feelings and how to manage them. They discover the impact that they can have on the people and the world around them. Students will be exposed to different cultures and the way that they live.
- Students will learn about how difference does not lead to inequality. Some areas that they will explore are: age, gender, sexual orientation and pregnancy. These areas will be particularly explored in the world of work and the balance of power.
Dreams and goals
- This section will challenge the resilience of the students and allow them to explore difficult situations that may require tactical thinking to overcome. It will challenge he students to develop their own strategies and philosophies of how they approach and tackle challenges that they may face. This may be by taking responsibility or managing the risks that they take.
- Students to go through the choices that they make regarding how choices affect their health, whether it be lifestyle, diet or mental health. It will give the students an insight of the possibilities an outcomes that are associated with their decisions.
- This section will guide the students in to recognising what a healthy relationship should look like and the signs of when something isn’t right.
- Students will reflect on what change means and how they act in times of change. It will then help to guide the students to explore different opportunities to encourage positive outcomes.
- The relationships and sex education (RSE) aspect is covered in this section. This supports the students understanding of what sexual health means, whilst underpinning family compositions, partnerships, marriage and friendships.