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Personal, Social & Health Education & Citizenship Policy *

Statement of Intent

Personal, Social and Health Education and Citizenship (PSHE & C) form part of StreetVibes Academy’s (SV) curriculum and is embedded across our full-time courses for 14-16 year olds. As a curriculum area it is designed to help give pupils the skills, knowledge and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and become informed, active, responsible citizens.

At SV this means all our pupils are encouraged to take part in a wide range of activities and experiences across and beyond the curriculum, contributing fully to the life of our school and local communities.
 

In so doing, every pupil learns to recognise their own worth, work well with others and become increasingly responsible for their own learning. They reflect on their experiences and learn to understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up.

Pupils also find out about main political and social institutions that affect their lives and about their responsibilities, rights and duties as individuals and members of communities. They learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning.

Aims

At SV we aim to give our pupils opportunities to:

  • Take and share responsibility
  • Feel positive about themselves
  • Take part in discussions
  • Make real choices and decisions
  • Meet and talk to people

· Develop relationships through work and play

  • Consider social and moral dilemmas
  • Ask for help
  • Find information and advice
  • Prepare for change

We do this because we believe in the fundamental value of these experiences.

Guidelines

At SV we deliver the non-statutory framework for PSHE & C using the four strands outlined in The National Curriculum.

1.Developing confidence and responsibility and making the most of pupil’s abilities.

2.Preparing pupil’s to play an active role as citizens.

3.Developing a healthy, safer lifestyle.

4.Developing positive relationships and respecting the differences between people.

We do this through:

Timetabled PSHE & C Lessons

Every class has 60 minutes a week of dedicated PSHE & C time with their class teacher.

School Ethos

At SV we believe it is important that many of the skills and attitudes we wish pupils to develop are taught and demonstrated throughout the school in a variety of ways. Pupils will have opportunities to develop their understanding of these issues through:

  • Organisation ethos
  • Assemblies
  • Organisation-led trips
  • Extra curricular activities
  • Classroom and free time rules

· School council and Youth Ambassador programme

PSHE & C and its relationship to other curriculum areas

Some aspects of the PSHE & C framework may also be taught and re-visited in other curriculum areas, e.g. through filmmaking and music-making projects etc.

Links

This policy has links to other school policies on:

  • Sex and Relationship Education
  • Drug Education
  • Managing Drug Related Incidents
  • Child Protection
  • Confidentiality
  • Behaviour
  • Equal Opportunities/Inclusion

Conclusion

The following members of the school community were involved with the development of this policy:

  • Teachers
  • Support staff
  • Parents
  • Pupils
  • Governors
  • L.A. advisers

This policy was prepared by David Potter, Mentoring, Pastoral Care & IAG Programme Manager.

 

* This policy will be reviewed annually. This policy was last revised August 2018.