Integrated Studies and PSHE Curriculum
The intent of the Integrated Studies and PSHE curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and ensures that each of our pupils will know more, remember more and understand more about how to play a positive and successful role in our society, both as a child and as an adult in the future. As a result of this they will become healthy, independent and responsible members of society who understand how they are developing personally and socially, and give them confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our students with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our students are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.
All students in Key Stage 3 have a weekly Integrated Studies lesson. The medium- and long-term planning of the 2-year programme is based upon guidance from the PSHE Association.
The Integrated Studies curriculum has three core learning themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world. It also incorporates the Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) scheme of work (in line with the new recommendations of teaching RSE in the National Curriculum – September 2020), Religious Education and identifies links to British Values and the values of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development.
All students in KS3 also have a PSHE Tutor programme which is split in to 3 PSHE themes. This supports their Integrated Studies lessons by re-enforcing their learning and encouraging them to develop other skills such as the ability to put their opinions forward and take part in a debate.
All KS4 students have 2 tutor sessions per week dedicated to PSHE, where again, it follows the same 3 themes being studied in KS3 in PSHE and Integrated Studies, focusing on age appropriate material in line with the PSHE Association guidelines and the RSE guidelines.
We want to equip students with the knowledge, understanding, life skills and strategies required to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. We want to encourage them to be enterprising and support them in making effective transitions, positive learning, career choices, and in achieving economic wellbeing and discuss and clarify their own values and attitudes. These opportunities come from the material learnt in lessons, extended with a range of activities on our PSHE days to enhance their cultural awareness.
- Integrated Studies including PSHE, SMSC, RSE and British Values, is an integral part of the whole school curriculum, and is therefore often taught in other subject areas.
- We encourage our pupils to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. We challenge all of our pupils to look for opportunities to show the school values.
- Assemblies are linked to PSHE, British Values, RSE and SMSC, and cover any additional sessions that would benefit the whole school.
By the time our students leave our school our key aim is that Integrated Studies and PSHE education contributes to personal development through positive mental and physical wellbeing. They will:
- be able to approach a range of real-life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves through modern life
- be on their way to becoming healthy, open minded, respectful, socially and morally responsible, active members of society
- appreciate difference and diversity
- recognise and apply the British Values of democracy, tolerance, mutual respect, rule of law and liberty
- be able to understand and manage their emotions
- be able to look after their mental health and well-being
- be able to develop positive, healthy relationship with their peers, both now and in the future
- understand the physical aspects involved in RSE at an age appropriate level
- have respect for themselves and others
- develop a positive self-esteem
- develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives.