PSHE Education

PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) Education is formally studied at St Mary’s during one hour sessions which run once a week and include all members of the teaching staff. The aim of our PSHEE course is firstly to introduce our students to the concept that they are part of a wider community. They are taught that there is an existing democratic frame work in our British Society, where dialogue and tolerance are encouraged. Students are actively encouraged to participate and engage with all aspects of school life. Being an active member of the school community facilitates the students understanding of the role of good citizenship in the wider community and the world around us.

The programme of study across all Key Stages (3-5) includes three core themes:
• Physical and Mental Health
• Relationships and Sex Education
• Living in the Wider World (including British Values and Careers)

PSHE education is a planned, developmental 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. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. PSHE education equips pupils to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. It encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic wellbeing.

A critical component of PSHE education is providing opportunities for children and young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future. PSHE education contributes to personal development by helping pupils to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, 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. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help pupils to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives.

PSHE education is to provide pupils with:
• accurate, balanced and relevant knowledge
• opportunities to turn that knowledge into personal understanding
• opportunities to explore, clarify and if necessary challenge, their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities
• the skills, language and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives
• opportunities to develop positive personal attributes such as resilience, self-confidence, self-esteem, and empathy

Curriculum Map

The link below allows you to see when topics may be covered; this is a guide for information only and has the potential to change as the year progresses.

Curriculum Map 

At Key Stage 3, pupils build on the skills, attitudes, values, knowledge and understanding they have acquired and developed during the primary phase. PSHE education acknowledges and addresses the changes that young people are experiencing, beginning with transition to secondary school, the challenges of adolescence and their increasing independence. It teaches the skills which will equip them for the opportunities and challenges of life. Pupils are encouraged to manage diverse relationships and the increasing influence of peers and the media. PSHE education allows them to be more confident in addressing the challenges of effective learning and making a full and active contribution to society.

At Key Stage 4, pupils extend and rehearse the skills, further explore attitudes and values, and deepen knowledge and understanding acquired during Key Stage 3. PSHE education reflects the fact that learners are moving towards an independent role in adult life, taking on greater responsibility for themselves and others. This includes many aspects of career education and development, and skills required for future employability.

The aims of RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) at St Mary’s:

• be faithful to the Church's vision of human wholeness whilst recognising the contemporary context in which we live today;
• provide a positive view of human sexuality and dignity of the human person;
• equip young people with the ability to make practical judgements about the right thing to do in particular circumstances;
• explore and promote virtues which are essential to promoting respect and dignity;
• be delivered in an age appropriate way which reflects the development of the child;
• be sensitive to the needs of the individual pupil and recognise the mix of pupils with different sexual orientations, genders and family backgrounds in each class;
• be delivered by competent professionals who understand the Church's teaching (RE teaching staff).



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