The aim of this department is to bring together personal, social, health and economic education, work-related learning, careers, enterprise, and financial capability.
There are two non-statutory programmes of study at key stages 3 and 4: personal wellbeing, and economic wellbeing and financial capability. The programmes of study are based on the existing frameworks and guidelines in these areas.
The study of PSHE equips young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in public life. It encourages them to take an interest in topical and controversial issues and to engage in discussion and debate. Students learn about their rights, responsibilities, duties and freedoms and about justice and democracy. They learn to take part in decision-making and different forms of action. They play an active role in the life of their schools, neighbourhoods, communities and wider society as active and global citizens.
PSHE encourages respect for different religious and ethnic identities. It equips students to engage critically with and explore diverse ideas, beliefs, cultures and identities and the values we share as citizens in the UK. Students begin to understand how society has changed and is changing in the UK, Europe and worldwide.
PSHE offers opportunities for students to:
- Develop an understanding of rights and responsibilities;
- To process and gain skills for social development;
- To learn about the importance of healthy lifestyles;
- To gain knowledge and skills linked to careers and financial capability
The personal, social and health development of students is naturally an integral responsibility of all subjects. At The Palmer Catholic Academy we teach PSHE explicitly as well in an attempt to create well rounded and balanced students. Students receive one hour of PSHE for nine weeks in years 7, 8 and 11. PSHE is also taught through other subjects such as History, Health and Social Care, Religious Studies and Drama and is embedded in the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural aspects of the school.
The emphasis is on the need to consider and discuss a number of issues relating to Careers, Citizenship, Economics, Health, Morality, Relationships, Culture and Society. References are made to the police, anti-bullying organisations, external speakers, audio-visual resources and written exercises are often used to provide a focus of interest and expertise.
Students in Year 7 are taught ‘Sex Education’ during the school year by designated PSHE teachers. Each class has at least one lesson covering topics appropriate to the maturity of the students. The aim is to encourage all students to develop an informed and responsible attitude to relationships through the prism of the Catholic faith, teachings and values. It is presented in such a manner as to encourage students to have due regard for moral considerations and the value of family life.
Parents and carers will receive further information through a letter sent home which details the specifics about what the students will be taught. The letter is sent at least two weeks before the lessons take place.
Note: Parental opinion has been regularly sought in this element of the curriculum and is kept under review by the Headteacher and the Governing Body. Parents have a right to withdraw from all or part of Sex Education where it does not form part of the National Curriculum.