Curriculum Intent for PSHE
The aim of the PSHE curriculum is to develop in students the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.
These skills and attributes help pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. PSHE at Valentines helps pupils to achieve their academic potential so that students of all abilities and backgrounds leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life to be successful, active and happy citizens.
PSHE at Valentines develops students’ knowledge and awareness in three main themes. The first is Health, Safety and Wellbeing. This aims to help students keep safe by by making them aware of the dangers facing them in areas such as drugs, knife crime, and online harms, developing their ability to make the right choices, their knowledge of how to seek support for themselves and others. Guidance on keeping mentally and physically healthy is developed by providing information and encouraging discussion of real scenarios and choices in lessons and in workshops.
The second theme is Living in The Wider World. This aims to develop students’ knowledge and skills around global issues, looking at issues around politics, both locally and globally, economic and financial well-being, and the work of local charities and groups in the community.
The third theme is relationships and sex education. PSHE will provide students with the knowledge and skills to make appropriate, safe and legal choices around relationships and sexual activity, and to make students aware of issues around identity, gender and sexuality.
Students are empowered to become informed and active citizens who know how democracy operates and how the UK is governed, are aware of their rights and responsibilities, are interested in volunteering and the charitable sector, and can manage their money effectively.
PSHE contributes to the development of students’ character, developing their resilience, aspirations, confidence, creativity, emotional intelligence and reflectiveness.
PSHE contributes to careers education, developing students’ knowledge and skills that will help them make informed, ambitious and appropriate choices at the end of each key stage: choosing KS4 options, applying to sixth form or college, applying to university, to employment or apprenticeships. It supports them in making high-quality applications for these destinations, developing their skills for the careers market of the future.