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PSHE

Curriculum Intent:

All elements of the Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) Curriculum are incorporated at RGS. Within this subject, pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. It helps our students to stay healthy and safe, while preparing them to make the most of life and work.

The three core themes which run through the PSHE curriculum are:

  • Health and Well-Being
  • Relationships
  • Living in the Wider World

RGS will be following the statutory guidance set out by the Government for delivery from September 2020. For further information, please see the RSE Policy.

Key Stage 3 & 4 PSHE

Curriculum Overview Key Stage 3 & 4

All students in Years 7 to 11, will have one PSHE lesson per fortnight, with the PSHE curriculum using a thematic spiral approach, in line with recommendations from the PSHE Association. This will be delivered by the House form tutor team and students will be in House year groups for PSHE lessons. Students will build on the knowledge and understanding they have acquired and developed at primary school through a sequenced, age appropriate lessons.

Through PSHE lessons, students will acknowledge and address the changes that young people experience along with the challenges of adolescence and their increasing independence. They will develop the knowledge and skills required in order to approach the future opportunities and challenges of life. Students learn to manage diverse relationships, their online lives, and the increasing influence of peers and the media.

At Key Stage 4, students deepen knowledge and understanding, extend and rehearse skills, and further explore attitudes, values and attributes acquired during Key Stage 3. PSHE education reflects the fact that students are moving towards an independent role in adult life, taking on greater responsibility for themselves and others.

Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3 Unit 4 Unit 5 Unit 6
Year 7 Transition and Safety Developing Skills and Aspirations Diversity Health and Puberty Building Relationships Financial Decision Making
Year 8 Drugs and Alcohol Community and Careers Discrimination Emotional Wellbeing Identity and Relationships Digital Literacy
Year 9 Peer Influence, Substance Use & Gangs Healthy Lifestyle Respectful Relationships Intimate Relationships Setting Goals Employability Skills
Year 10 Mental Health & Well-Being Exploring Influence Healthy Relationships Addressing Extremism and Radicalisation Financial Decision Making Skills and Experiences
Year 11 Building For The Future Independence Communication In Relationships Families Next Steps

Assessment

Although PSHE is not an externally assessed subject, it is important for PSHE teachers to assess students’ understanding in order to ensure they are well equipped to deal with the issues they will face in their day to day lives. Teachers assess understanding through questioning and observation during core discussions.

Home learning is set throughout the unit and will be self or peer assessed, depending on the nature of the topic. There will also be a quiz set at the end of the unit which will be marked by staff. This will allow staff to ensure students have gained a solid understanding of the topics students have covered and provide students with the opportunity to reflect on their progress in the unit.

Key Stage 5 PSHE

Curriculum Overview Years 12 & 13

Student’s in Year 12 & 13 will also have one PSHE lesson per fortnight with the curriculum aiming to further deepen the knowledge and understanding gained from Key Stage 3 & 4 PSHE whilst providing students with the opportunities to learn vital life skills for their time after RGS. This will be delivered by the House form tutor team in House groups for Year 12 and by 6th Form tutors in form groups for Year 13.

Year 12 and 13 will cover the following topics over the course of the year (not necessarily in this order):

Yr 12 Yr 13
Mental Health Mental Health ‘
Substance Abuse Mock Prep
Safe Driving CAS
Metro Charity Metro Charity
Health vs. Controlling relationships Payday loans and debt & Pensions
Study Skills Date Rape/Consent/Sexual Assault
Radicalisation Substance Abuse & Drugs – Alcohol and Parties
Date Rape/Consent/Sexual Assault UCAS
Drugs – Alcohol and Parties Student Finance
Social Justice
Study Skills
Organisation
Relaxation and Stress
Cultural Appropriation
Sex and Media
Personal Branding – Careers
Preparing for Work
Virtual University

Assessment

Although PSHE is not an externally assessed subject, it is important for PSHE teachers to assess students’ understanding in order to ensure they are well equipped to deal with the issues they will face in their day to day lives. Teachers assess understanding through questioning and observation during core discussions.

Home learning is set throughout the unit and will be self or peer assessed, depending on the nature of the topic. There will also be a quiz set at the end of the unit which will be marked by staff. This will allow staff to ensure students have gained a solid understanding of the topics students have covered and provide students with the opportunity to reflect on their progress in the unit.