PSHE & RSE
Through careful design, the PSHE curriculum is intended for students to build upon core knowledge as they move through the school. The core concepts are taught throughout all year groups and knowledge over time progresses to be more relevant to age. We hope, that by addressing these concepts in every year group, students will be able to build up a web/spiral of knowledge that builds in both depth and difficulty and allows them to make sense of the world around them.
It is important that students have the opportunity to recognise and reflect on how learning is relevant to them and how it can be applied to their own lives.
PSHE & RSE education has a rich body of knowledge taught through carefully planned topics with overarching fertile questions to encourage students to think critically. The chosen topics should provide a context to progressively expand and enrich core concepts and transferable skills. Some of what we cover includes:
- Identity - student's personal qualities attitudes skills, attributes and achievements and what influences these, including faith influence.
- Relationships - the Catholic ideal with respect for self and others at the core and including different types of relationships and different settings.
- A healthy, (including physically emotionally and socially) balanced lifestyle including relationships, work-life, exercise and rest, spending, saving and diet.
- Managing risk rather than simply avoiding it; safety including behaviour and strategies in different settings.
- Diversity and equality in all its forms recognising the intrinsic value of all human life.
- Rights and responsibilities including fairness, justice and consent.
- Change (as something to be managed) and resilience (skills and strategies as an inner resource to be drawn on when faced with change or circumstance).
- Power - how it is used and encountered in a variety of contexts including persuasion, bullying, and negotiation.
- Career guidance including enterprise and economic understanding.
Please look at the documents below for additional information on what we teach through the PSHCE curriculum in line with government guidelines. These documents have been carefully reviewed and considered in order that the content should be included within our core concepts and subsequent planning.
Our PSHE & RSE curriculum is true to not only statutory requirements but also to our commitments as a Catholic school. Below are the documents and further explanation on how we use these to help plan our citizenship curriculum in line with diocesan requirements:
Any teaching about love and sexual relationships in a Catholic school must be rooted in the Catholic Church’s teaching about what it is to be truly human in Christ, what it means to live well in relationship with others and be presented within a positive framework of Christian virtue. Catholic schools tend to speak about Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) rather than Sex and Relationship Education (SRE), since this emphasises the importance of healthy relationships to human well-being, as the core learning within an RSE curriculum.
The learning needs to reflect each stage of the development of the person so we will ensure the content of PSHE & RSE is appropriate to the age and stage of development of young people during the different phases of their education. It also needs to be continuous and developmental.
Since a Catholic school is committed to the education of the whole person, teaching on relationships and sexuality needs to be reflected in each relevant part of the curriculum. Whilst, for example, some aspects of RSE will be more appropriately explored in Science lessons and some more appropriately explored in Religious Education lessons, each should be informed by the other. Each discipline should speak with consistency about the meaning of human love and the virtues that are enshrined in the Church’s teaching on human love.
Ideally, pupils should hear a consistent message about the meaning and value of human sexuality at home, in the parish and at school. This can only be achieved if the home, parish and school work to integrate the teaching of RSE.
We hope to give our students opportunities to research topics in advance of some of their PSHCE sessions so that they bring some knowledge and understanding to the classroom; this will include asking questions at home.
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