PSHE education is a subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain.
Evidence shows that well-delivered PSHE programmes have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. Our PSHE programme is constantly evolving to ensure the needs of all of our students are met through this vital part of the pastoral curriculum. We are proud to be an ‘early adopter’ school, which means that we are implementing the new RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) statutory requirements a whole year before other schools in the country. Not only will meeting these new standards ensure that our students are discussing, debating and learning about issues that directly affect them, we also have an opportunity to work with the DfE to shape training materials that schools nationwide will use once the new standards come into effect in September 2020.
PSHE is largely delivered during tutorial time. The material delivered by form tutors is relevant and up to date and covers a range of topics such as friendship, healthy lifestyles and revision. PSHE is delivered once per week however, due to the dynamic nature of our delivery, it may be delivered more regularly if there is an important subject matter that requires addressing in a timely manner.
The quality of the delivery of PSHE sessions is reviewed in much the same way as the quality of teaching and learning is elsewhere in the school. Such is the importance we place on the pastoral curriculum.
The materials delivered are mostly created in-house by a large number of teachers and specialists who produce activities and PSHE resources that are in line with the Southgate PSHE ‘brand’. We have embedded PSHE in the school and students are able to identify the PowerPoints being used and the teaching and learning techniques as being particular to PSHE. For example, students always have an opportunity to think independently about the topic being delivered and then to pair and share their thoughts. Video clips are often used to bring a subject to life and the tutorials are often timed to accompany the weekly assembly theme.
PSHE tutorials are how we also develop our students’ understanding of British Values. Tolerance, Respect, The Rule of Law and Democracy are not only taught through PSHE and in many other ways but these values are embedded in the culture of the school. Students will see displays around the school building and British Values underpin so much of what is done here, from policy writing to behaviour management.
Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural development of students is also an indicator of the effectiveness of our school. As part of our self-evaluation tools we expect to see curriculum subjects promote and advance these crucial elements to personal development.
PSHE is also delivered through Drop Down Days. These are times during the year when students are off timetable to hear from speakers and/or to take part in activities that we deem should be delivered by professionals and expert agencies. Some subjects are too crucial and too sensitive to be delivered in any other way and so these very special days are arranged so that students receive the most up to date advice about being safe in an ever-changing world.
The PSHE programme for Years 7-11, including details of our planned Drop Down days can be found in the links below.