‘Go back a little to leap further’
All schools must provide a PSHE curriculum that is broadly based and balanced, and which meets the needs of all pupils. Under section 78 of the Education Act 2002 and the Academies Act 2010 a schools PSHE curriculum should aim to:
- promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and
- prepare pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
PSHE education is essential to a whole school curriculum and to meeting schools’ requirement to promote pupils’ wellbeing. The Department for Education (DfE) has made it clear that schools should make provision for PSHE education and continues to promote the subject as a core element within the school ethos.
The importance of PSHE
PSHE education is a planned programme of learning though which pupils acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. As part of a whole school approach, it develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
At ST Matthias Park, the Programme of Study is based on three ‘core themes’ within which there will be overlap and flexibility:
1. Health and Wellbeing
3. Living in the Wider World
The unique flexibility of PSHE at St Matthias Park
Pupils at ST Matthias Park attend the school for different tenures and so it becomes important that PSHE provision is also flexible enough to accommodate individual needs in light of a pupils previous learning and experiences. Each pupil that joins the PSHE programme is required to complete a baseline assessment test in order for the department to be bale to identify and support any immediate areas for support and development.
From 2015, pupils at ST Matthias Park will work towards completing either an Entry level 1, 2 and 3 or Level 1 and 2 QCF Award and Certificate in Personal and Social education.
PSHE education equips children and young people with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives.
Beyond this, PSHE education should also enable children and young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes, and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and will do in the future. PSHE education is therefore also about developing young people’s sense of identity, their capacity to relate to other people and handle setbacks.