Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education
Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE) aims to help improve the ways in which students learn, relate to others, grow socially, choose healthy lifestyles and become independent citizens playing a positive part in society.
The curriculum is delivered as part of our tutorial program by tutors in ‘Fitz Focus’. Our curriculum is based on ‘jigsaw’ and materials from the PSHE Association; and has been developed to fulfil the needs of our students in response to the social norm surveys completed annually with The Training Effect. The curriculum spirals year on year to build upon previous knowledge and deliver age-appropriate support and guidance as each jigsaw piece is completed. Students work to complete the following pieces each academic year: Term 1 ‘Being Me in My World’, Term 2 ‘Celebrating Difference’, Term 3 ‘Dreams and Goals’, Term 4 ‘Healthy Me’, Term 5 ‘Relationships’ and Term 6 ‘Changing Me’. The modules covered also are supported by other areas of the taught curriculum, for example, Food and Nutrition, Business Studies, Science and PE as well as our supporting Wider Learning Days where external speakers who may specialise in certain areas, for example, drugs education, relationships and careers advice visit school and complete sessions with students.
Our PSHCE program also ensure that our students receive appropriate Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) and that the statutory provision requirements are met. This work all combines to help students develop during their time at Fitzharrys so that they are able to make well informed life choices both now and in the future as adults.
The aim of the school’s Relationship, Health and Sex Education programme is for students to:
- Provide a framework in which sensitive discussions can take place
- Prepare students for puberty, and give them an understanding of sexual development and the importance of health and hygiene
- Help students develop feelings of self-respect, confidence and empathy
- Create a positive culture around issues of sexuality and relationships
- Teach students the correct vocabulary to describe themselves and their bodies
The various aspects of sex education such as physical development, the biology of reproduction, contraception and sexually transmitted infections are covered in the curriculum, notably within Science and PSHCE. In addition to this, Year 9 students spend a day participating in a series of expert-led workshops in our successful Sexual Health Education Carousel. This includes focus on the topics of contraception, relationships, sexually-transmitted infections, parenting and personal safety.
The school is aware that its role is complementary and supportive to the role of parents and our aim is to create an atmosphere in which responsible attitudes to all relationships are expected and encouraged.