PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) is a highly valued subject at St. Marylebone C.E School. The subject’s ethos, in line with the school’s overall philosophy, is to enable students to explore a broad range of issues in an age-appropriate, informative and reflective manner in order to prepare them for adult life as confident young people and critical thinkers who are able to make considered and informed decisions; lead healthy and happy lives; and contribute in an active and positive way to society.
Pupils are taught PSHE in form groups and lessons are primarily delivered by the form tutor. This implementation ensures that pupils feel comfortable to discuss sensitive topics, and tutors are available to provide any additional support needed. The PSHE curriculum is also supported by some drop-down days throughout the year and some topics are taught within other subjects by specialists, for example Puberty is taught within both the PSHE and Science curriculum, Internet Safety in Computing, Healthy Eating in Food Technology and concepts such as tolerance within RS. On a handful of occasions, carefully selected external agencies are invited into school to support St. Marylebone teaching staff with the delivery of PSHE. PSHE is also embedded in a whole-school approach through assemblies, themes of the week and national events.
The PSHE department works closely with the Pastoral Team which enables us to ensure the curriculum is flexible and adaptable to the needs of each individual cohort. This personalised approach allows your child to explore age-appropriate issues at the most pertinent time and is a real strength of our provision. This also ensures that vulnerable children, and students with SEND are fully supported.
From September 2020 RSHE (Relationships, Sex and Health Education) will be statutory. This is taught within the PSHE curriculum, although some topics are also delivered in other subjects e.g. the Key Stage Four Science curriculum. More information about Relationships and Sex Education can be found in the policy document.
PSHE lessons are broadly organised into three main topics:
- Health and Wellbeing
- Relationships and Sex Education
- Living in the Wider World
Due to the nature of the subject, many lessons will encompass all of these areas. For example a session on Internet Safety whilst classified under ‘Living in the Wider World’ will naturally also include learning about relationships and wellbeing.
Our current curriculum plan is below. However, due to the ever changing nature of the subject and our commitment to a flexible curriculum this is an adaptable programme. Many topics are revisited but to a greater depth and within a different context as your child makes their way through the school.
|Year Group||Health and Wellbeing||Sex and Relationships||Living in the Wider World|
|7||Puberty, Menstruation, Body Positivity, Healthy Lifestyles, Managing Emotions and Stress, First Aid.||Healthy Relationships, Friendship Strategies.||Careers, Esafety, Pride, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).|
|8||Body Image, Selfies and Self-Esteem, Smoking and Vaping.||Social Intelligence, Conflict Resolution, Safer Online Relationships||Stereotypes, Staying Safe.|
|9||Drugs, Alcohol, Learning for Life (a drop-down day which focuses on mental health looking at stigma, mental health illness, positive coping strategies, support and the importance of sleep and exercise).||Managing Relationships, Consent, Sharing Sexual Images, Contraception and Fertility.||Pride, Careers and Options Support.|
|10||Self-Esteem and Body Image, Alcohol and Drugs, Managing and Maintaining Good Health, First Aid||Consent, Contraception, Pregnancy, Sex and the Media, Child Sexual Exploitation, Sexual Harrassment||Preparing for Work Experience.|
|11||Drugs, Managing Wellbeing||STIs, Consent||
Preparing for Exams
Physical and mental wellbeing
Body image and sexual health
Managing relationships and consent
Bullying and discrimination in relationships
Employment rights and responsibilities
Equality and diversity
Mental health and Mental illness
Physical health, healthy lifestyle, diet
Equality and diversity