PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic education) is currently taught within the pastoral programme during 30-minute tutor time sessions. Please see the curriculum map below which indicates what is currently being taught. We are following the new statutory requirements for PSHE.
The aim of PSHE is to explore a range of topics that extend beyond the usual academic subjects. Students should study and reflect on those areas of life that affect us all, developing knowledge, skills understanding, resilience and reflection.
The curriculum is based around the PSHE programme of study which became statutory in September 2020, including learning about Relationships, Sex and Health.
There are a number of overarching themes:
- Health & Well-Being
- Living In The Wider World
- Relationships (RSE)*
We also use the Gatsby 8 Pillars to inform our careers programme.
Whilst much of the PSHE content is taught within the vertical tutor groups, where this is not possible due to the nature and content of the lessons, students will be placed into classes based on year groups.
For the latest government guidance on RSE please click here.
The right to withdraw your child from sex education
Whilst we always try to work with parents and carers to explore their views, we also accept that parents and carers can exercise their right to excuse their child from the sex education elements of our programme (other than that which comes within the Science curriculum).
There is no right to withdraw from Relationships Education or Health Education.
The RSHE we provide is planned to meet the needs of all pupils and give them the knowledge and skills they need to lead healthy lives. Withdrawing pupils from Sex Education can be detrimental and lead to them receiving less accurate, second-hand information from peers.
Requests for withdrawal Sex Education should be put in writing and addressed to the Principal, who will then arrange to speak with parents and carers to explore their views and ensure that the nature and purpose of Sex Education is understood. A written record will be kept of this discussion.
Except in exceptional circumstances, the school will respect a parent’s right to excuse their child up until three terms before a pupil’s 16th birthday when the child can choose to be included in Sex Education. The process above is the same for pupils with SEND; however, in exceptional circumstances, the Principal may take account of a pupil’s specific needs arising from their SEND when deciding whether to agree to a withdrawal request.
A copy of withdrawal requests will be placed in the pupil’s educational record. The Principal will discuss the request with parents and take appropriate action. Staff will plan appropriate, purposeful education for pupils who are withdrawn from sex education.
If you still wish to withdraw your child from the sex education aspects that are taught in year groups of term 2, under the Relationships unit in the PSHE curriculum. Please e-mail the relevant year team outlining your reasons for withdrawal.