Head of Department PSHE/CEIAG:
Miss J Blears
Qualifications: BA (Hons) Physical Education and Science
The intent of our PSHE curriculum at Pleckgate is to deliver an inspirational curriculum that meets the needs of all of our pupils and directly supports their education. We strive to give pupils a sense of empowerment and the knowledge, skills and understanding to become aware, active and responsible citizens, both at local, national and global levels. We aim to build the confidence in our pupils to make well informed decisions on how to stay safe and be involved in their communities and be the best possible version of themselves.
Our curriculum ensures current and future preparation for our students to help them become well rounded individuals that are prepared for life after Pleckgate High School. A core purpose of our PSHE programme is to tackle barriers to learning, raise aspirations, and improve the life chances of all students, including the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. PSHE helps our pupils to really think about themselves, how they treat other people, be aspirational and have good strong values through learning from all 3 core themes and the statutory content for RSE and health and wellbeing. This promotes academic attainment and helps build resilience and positive wellbeing, therefore PSHE is vital for our young people.
It ensures that each of our pupils will know more, remember more and understand more about how to play a positive and successful role within our society, both as a child and as an adult in the future. Pupils will have access to a broad and in-depth curriculum that focuses on the three core themes of PSHE – Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Sex Education and Living in the Wider World. PSHE also contributes to the whole school SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural education) which helps students develop a breadth of knowledge of the world around them.
There are additional PSHE enrichment activities throughout the year where new themes are explored in greater detail and previous learning is consolidated. These may be delivered by external professional speakers. Pupils will also have opportunities to access certain aspects of the PSHE curriculum in different subject areas, such as, but not exhaustive to, Science, RaW and ICT. Assemblies are also used to address and support key themes running through the PSHE curriculum.
The PSHE curriculum is not examined, however it is a crucial and purposeful educational component. We want all of our pupils, of course, to succeed academically, but we endeavour that through their PSHE learning that they know how to lead happy, healthy and fulfilling lives. This is supported by the PSHE Association,
‘PSHE education is a school 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.’ PSHE Association 2019.