In Years 7-10, all students have timetabled PSHE lessons. In Year 11 the focus switches to Employability Skills to ensure students are prepared for life after school. Elements from the PSHE curriculum in year 11 are covered through the delivery of Employability skills as well as in tutor time.
We use Jigsaw Resources, these demonstrate progression and the spiral curriculum, with concepts and topics introduced from Year 7 and repeated and built upon as students progress through the year groups. This means all students are able to develop an understanding of the ever-changing world in which we live, develop the skills necessary to take an active role in their community and manage their life effectively. Our curriculum is planned to be relevant, varied and take into account the particular needs of our students, and statutory requirements for Relationships and Sex Education.
At Key Stage Four we build on the learning at Key Stage Three - students are following the NCFE CACHE v.Cert Level 1 / 2 in Relationships, Sex and Health Education Our aim is to allow Key Stage 4 students opportunity to take a relevant qualification in PSHE. Employability Skills is taught as a separate subject in Year 11, and students work towards the NCFE Cache L1/2 qualification in this. We believe that our students have very individual needs, and the chance to focus specifically on the next stage in their lives and to develop an understanding of this is key, and has shown to be successful in the past.
Overall we have a curriculum that is broad and balanced and takes into account the differing needs of our learners. It is our intent to be mindful that many of our students will come from difficult backgrounds, and some of the topics covered may well be challenging for them to cover. Classes are taught in a sympathetic style, but with inclusive discussion.
PSHE is currently taught by a group of staff. The curriculum is planned and overseen by the line manager for PSHE and Employability Skills. In addition to weekly lessons, we aim to organise occasional drop down days and plan to increase our involvement with outside agencies in the future.
Discussion forms an integral part of our lessons. We aim to give students the opportunity to discuss issues which are of concern/relevance to them.
Students have weekly lessons. Individual topics based on the JIgsaw scheme of work are taught and assessed by individual teachers. This enables students to be taught an age appropriate curriculum that also includes statutory requirements. The links between Jigsaw and the NCFE means that all KS3 students can start to work towards the NCFE CACHE unit Level ½, continuing on into KS4.
Students have weekly lessons. They continue with the Jigsaw units which are all coursework based, but feed the evidence into the NCFE qualification. The aim is for students to achieve the Level 2 Award. Students can also get certificates for each booklet completed. Employability is the focus for the Year 11 curriculum with elements of the PSHE curriculum being included during tutor time and as necessary during the year.
At Key Stage 3, students have the opportunity to learn about the wider world PSHE covering statutory obligations, but also providing students with the resources for the next stage of their education. We emphasise equipping students with the tools, ie knowledge and skills to make safe and considered choices out in the wider world.
In year 10 we build upon the skills learned in Key Stage 3 and re-emphasise skills and understanding needed to make sensible choices. In addition, from 2020/21 we aim for students to gain a qualification in PSHE, and a separate one in Employability from unit certification to Level 2. This will i) give them wider options for college courses; ii) enable HCA to meet 2020 statutory obligations.