PSHE is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. (PSHE Association)
The PHSE programme is informed by the explicit needs of the students and the teaching of the Catholic Church. It helps the students develop a secure sense of identity and encourages them to play a helpful and active part in the life of the school, their neighbourhoods, communities and the wider world. In particular it promotes their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development making them more self-confident, resilient and responsible both in and beyond the classroom and supports the values we seek to uphold in modern Britain.
The PHSE curriculum across the Key Stages falls into four broad categories:
Personal, Social and Health Education
PSHE contributes to their personal development by helping students to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, to identify and manage risk and make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings.
There is a statutory requirement to teach Citizenship in schools. Key aspects include voting and democracy, human rights, laws and the justice system, financial awareness and global citizenship.
Careers, Advice and Guidance
PSHE lessons provide an opportnity to allow students to develop an understanding of the world of work. This includes learning about jobs and careers in Years 7 and 8, options in Year 9, Work Experience in Year 10 and future choices in Year 11, Key Stage 5 and beyond.
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
There is a statutory requirement to deliver RSE in schools. The emphasis is to ensure students are informed regarding issues around relationships, whilst encouraging informed decisions and positive choices in line with the Catholic teaching. Lessons and resources are planned with input from both the RE and Science Departments.
PSHE lessons are delivered by Form Tutors in weekly lessons in Years 7 to 13. Students study different elements of these topics at different stages as appropriate to their age. Discrete lessons offer opportunities to discuss and reflect on a range of issues in the safe environment of a form group setting. However, we recognise that PSHE extends beyond these individual lessons and it is embedded across the curriculum. It also permeates whole school life through assemblies, form time and special events. Each year we raise awareness through participation in national campaigns for example: Anti-Bullying Week, National E-Safety Day and Black History Month. Along with these events we also invite outside speakers and visiting theatre companies to support in the delivery of the subject.
At JFK E-safety is rightly recognised as an important and integral part of every student's education. In each year specific lessons are delivered as part of the PSHE programme surrounding issues such as keeping safe online, "netiquette" and appropriate use of social media. These are reinforced across the curriculum wherever possible.