At the Warren School we aim to deliver PSCHE through tutor times. The aim is to ensure that the PSCHE programme helps students to lead confident and healthy lives both as individuals and as members of the wider community while developing their spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness.
PSCHE gives students the opportunities to reflect on their experiences and how they are developing. It helps them to understand and responsibly manage a wide range of relationships as they get older and to show respect for diversity and differences between people.
Through work in lesson time and a wide range of activities beyond the curriculum including outside speakers, students gain practical knowledge and skills to help them live healthy lives and to deal with the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues they face as they approach adulthood. Sex & Relationships education is to be delivered by specialists in hour long sessions during SRE weeks throughout the year. As a result, PSHCE seeks to help students to:
- Develop confidence, independence, responsibility and personal identity
- Make the most of their abilities
- Develop healthy, safe lifestyles
- Develop good relationships and to respect the differences between people
- Develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will help them to become effective and active members of the community
The specific units that are followed in each year group are:
- Year 7 – Bullying, Healthy Lifestyles, Community, Values, SRE and Drugs Education, Body Changes and Puberty
- Year 8 – Safety, Relationships, Global Politics, Crime, Stereotyping, SRE and Drugs Education, Puberty & Relationships
- Year 9 – Safety, The Environment, Global Citizenship, Options, SRE and Drugs Education, Consent, the law, are you ready for relationships, Contraception and Sexually transmitted infections
- Year 10 – Safety, Global Issues, Rights and Responsibilities, The EU, SRE and Drugs Education, Consent, the law, are you ready and realistic/ unrealistic expectations, Contraception and Sexually transmitted infections
- Year 11 – CVs, Interview techniques, Global Issues, SRE and Drugs Education
- Year 12 – Personal Statements, Thinking & Research Skills, Extended Writing Skills – essays and research, looking at Universities, Relationships, SRE and Drugs Education, Body image, SRE, Consent & the law, Gender & Sexuality, Drugs & Alcohol, Weapons, Stop & Search, First Aid, Road Safety, Financial Systems, Tax, Stocks & Currency, Democracy & Political systems, Human Rights, Legal Systems, Debating and Student Campaigning. Careers, UCAS applications, Personal Statements etc. are also covered through Future Pathways
- Year 13 – UCAS Applications, Thinking & Research Skills, Global Issues, Relationships, SRE and Drugs Education, Body image, SRE, Consent & the law, Gender & Sexuality, Drugs & Alcohol, Weapons, Stop & Search, First Aid, Road Safety, Financial Systems, Tax, Stocks & Currency, Democracy & Political systems, Human Rights, Legal Systems, Debating and Student Campaigning. Careers, UCAS applications, Personal Statements etc. are also covered through Future Pathways
In Key Stages 3 and 4, these topics are covered in 15 minute sessions at the end of the day.
At Key Stage 5, the students have a 1 hour session each week.
This is all done in the knowledge that the Warren School produces happy, healthy students with an insight into the world they live in.
For more information about the PSCHE programme of study please visit the PSHE association website https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/resources_search_details.aspx?ResourceId=495
PSCHE and British Values
The notion of British Values is also incorporated within and embedded within the curriculum. The five part definition of British Values is:
- The rule of Law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual Respect
- Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
With these values in mind, we aim for students to leave Warren as well rounded individuals, promoting the very strong British values of respecting other students of different faiths and races. They are equipped to deal with life in modern Britain. This helps them to understand and responsibly manage a wide range of relationships as they get older and to show respect for diversity. This is especially important at Warren where there are approximately 50 languages spoken as a mother tongue.
The concept of democracy is woven into the programme with elections being held for the Student Councils, Cabinet and the School Parliament with the students respecting the final decisions that are made. The recent General Election and Brexit vote allowed the students to debate, argue and defend their positions with the realisation that the majority vote wins. We will emulate this process again for the forthcoming mayoral elections developing the concept of democracy.