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PSHE stands for Personal, Social and Health Education and is a school curriculum subject at Bailey Street and throughout England that focuses on strengthening the knowledge, skills, and connections to keep children and young frames healthy and safe and prepare them for life and work.
RSHE is Relationship, Sex and Health Education – schools have a statutory duty to deliver this to every student (from Sept 2020). It covers the scientific and biological aspects of this area, alongside lifelong learning about physical, sexual, moral and emotional development.
The majority of the RSHE requirements will be delivered through the PSHE curriculum.
However, other subjects such as:
will also play a part in each students PSHE educational experience.
At Bailey Street Academy, we understand the importance of educating pupils about relationships, general health and sexual health, for them to make responsible and well-informed decisions in their lives.
Our PSHE programme is designed to aid students in making decisions about their interests, values and gaols.These decisions aim to make the students feel safer, healthier and happier. We understand that the decisions they make are theirs and will not be governed or controlled by external forces.
The teaching of PSHE can help to prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. It allows us to promote the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at school and in the wider society teaching them to navigate through a complex world.
We have an obligation to provide pupils with high-quality, evidence and age-appropriate teaching of these subjects. Below is an outline of how the school’s PSHE curriculum (including the RSHE requirements) will be organised and delivered, to ensure it meets the needs of all pupils. The programme will be informed by local and national data, it will draw on key trends and local issues.
All students have the opportunity to gain a qualification in RSHE. We aim for them to achieve a level 1 award by the end of key stage 3, a level 2 award by the end of year 10 and finally a level 2 certificate by the end of year 11. As students enrol with the school at different stages we will aim to enter them for a level one award first where appropriate.
At Bailey Street we believe that PSHE should:
The majority of the RSHE government requirements will be delivered through the PSHE curriculum. Although, some will also be covered through assemblies’ week long tutor time focus sessions. During these week long tutor time focus sessions, tutors will be given activities to do with their tutor groups that address issues of importance to our school community at particular times.
PSHE and RSHE will be delivered in a non-judgemental, age-appropriate, factual and inclusive way that allows pupils to ask questions in a safe environment.
Teaching of the curriculum reflects requirements set out in law, particularly in the Equality Act 2010, so that pupils understand what the law does and does not allow, and the wider legal implications of the decisions they make.Teachers will ensure lesson plans focus on challenging perceived views of pupils based on protected characteristics, through exploration of, and developing mutual respect for, those different to themselves.
The school will integrate LGBTQ+ content into the PSHE curriculum – this content will be taught as part of the overall curriculum, rather than a standalone topic or lesson, and will be included in lessons. LGBTQ+ content will be approached in a sensitive, age-appropriate and factual way that allows pupils to explore the features of stable and healthy same-sex relationships.
Teachers will ensure that pupils’ views are listened to and will encourage them to ask questions and engage in discussion. Teachers will answer questions sensitively and as honestly as they can. If a question is asked that the teacher does not know the answer to then they will agree to research the topic and deliver the answer next session.
Teachers will inform the students on the importance of marriage and healthy relationships when teaching PSHE.
Year 7: Good Friendships, Who Can I talk to? Puberty, Growing Up, Periods, Family Relationships, Aspirations, Self Esteem, Resilience & Facing Challenges, Wants & Needs, Keeping Healthy, Food, Diet, Nutrition, Eating Responsibly, Healthy Living, Consequences of not eating healthy, Smoking, Energy Drinks, Managing Anger, Managing Depression, Respect, Beliefs and Equality.
Year 8: Relationships, Sexuality, Homophobia, Marriage, Divorce, Separation, Conception and Pregnancy. Self-image, Self Confidence & Goals, Managing Behaviour to achieve, Mindfulness, Male Body Image, Female Body image, Personal Safety, First Aid, Vaping, Alcohol, E-Safety, Discrimination in History, Equality and Bullying.
Year 9: Contraception (All), Consent, Abusive Relationships, STI, Domestic Conflict, Sexting & image Share Danger. Peer Pressure, LGBGTQAI Community. Emotional Wellbeing, Growth Mindset, Behaving to Achieve, Coping with Stress, Interpersonal Skills, Managing Anxiety, Body image, Alcohol Awareness, Different Types of Drugs, The Law & Drugs, Equalities Act 2010 and the Law, Bullying, Respect and Equality.
Working with external agencies can enhance our delivery of PSHE, and brings in specialist knowledge and different ways of engaging pupils.
We work with external experts and invite them to assist from time-to-time with the delivery of the PSHE curriculum. These include experts in Drugs and Substance misuse from the charity Re-Solv, careers from the British Army, Nurses from the NHS to discuss sexual health and health in general.