Gumley House School FCJ

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Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education (PSHE)
Personal Development (PD)

Subject LeadMs J Claro

Our PSHE and PD programme is coordinated by the Assistant Headteacher in charge of Personal Development and Careers.  The programme is delivered by our RE department and the Assistant Headteacher in charge of students in receipt of Pupil Premium and BTEC qualifications.

The impact of PSHE:
‘PSHE education helps children and young people to achieve their potential by supporting their wellbeing and tackling issues that can affect their ability to learn, such as anxiety and unhealthy relationships’.

The work we do in PSHE, helps our young people succeed across all of their subjects - as well as their daily lives.  It is crucial to support their understanding and development and to signpost how they get support if they need it.  PSHE topics can bring many emotions and experiences of our young people to the forefront so it is essential that they are supported by our wonderful team of teachers who embed our values and walk in companionship with our learners at each stage of their learning and development.

Citizenship education is delivered within the PSHE programme and gives pupils the knowledge and skills to understand, challenge and engage with democratic society, including politics, the media, civil society, the economy and the law. It promotes fundamental British values

The subject aims to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team working and critical thinking. The subject is taught one lesson a week to all key stages.

Students have dedicated lessons across both Key stages, with Sixth Formers receiving input through their dedicated tutor programme. Our programme is taught by specialist teachers. Students also have sessions delivered on health and well-being during form time.  Students also receive lessons from outside agencies such as Daniel Spargo Foundation, Mizen Foundation, Police and other faith leaders/groups.  Topics are further explored in form time and during assemblies.


Curriculum Map for PSHE (All Years)

Curriculum Map for PSHE (All Years)

 The aim of PSHE and Citizenship education is to provide pupils with:

  • Accurate and relevant knowledge
  • Opportunities to turn that knowledge into personal understanding
  • Opportunities to explore, clarify and, if necessary, challenge their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities
  •  The skills and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives.

At Key Stages 3 & 4 this consists of Economic Well-being and Financial Responsibility, Citizenship and Personal Wellbeing, including the latest statutory guidance on health education, relationships education and relationships and sex education (RSE).

In addition, in Year 7 students study the ‘Friends for Life’ Programme to aid with the transition from primary to secondary school and the difficulties young people may experience.  A mindfulness programme is also covered in year 8.

Study Skills and Radicalisation are covered in Key Stage 4.

Our PSHE curriculum supports our bespoke Careers program, especially with the requirements of the Gatsby benchmarks.  Our learners know to how to progress within their career and are fully aware of the pathways they can take, and the options available to them.  This careers support is enhanced by the specialist support from Dr Esslin-Peard (affectionately known as Dr E-P), our dedicated Careers Advisor, who advises on everything from Apprenticeships to UCAS, to courses at College and contacts with Business and our Local Careers Hub.  Click here for more information on our Careers Service.

Our students use 'traffic light' / confidence sheets to reflect on their PSHE/Careers learning.  This, in turn, creates both reflective and evaluative learning - and a PSHE experience which is constantly relevant and evolving.  The feedback from students is always considered in the planning and execution of our bespoke PSHE program.

PSHE & PD in Year 7

We will help you to understand the transition between primary school and your new place in our Year 7. Our welcome is designed for you to reflect on life looking at goals, friendships, bullying, the nature of enterprise and how we keep you safe. We will help you to begin to understand your place in the world and in our community. 

Curriculum Map for PSHE (Year 7)

Curriculum Map for PD (Year 7)

PSHE & PD in Year 8

We expand on the ideas from Year 7.  We ask you to explore how you see yourself and others and understanding your role in British Society. We will develop you understanding of business, enterprise, finance, ethical decisions. We also start to develop your understanding of our Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) topics, intertwined with a study of 'Mindfulness' which helps train your attention to be more aware of what is actually happening, rather than worrying about what has happened or might happen.

Curriculum Map for PSHE (Year 8)

PSHE & PD in Year 9

We will help you to develop your ideas of self and how this can be affected by many things including social media and fake news. We deepen your understanding of keeping mentally, physically and emotionally healthy. We help you to understand how the laws from privacy to Prevent, affect you. We explore the ever changing world of the job market, financial decisions, human rights and our role as global citizens.  You will also gain an in-depth look at how your GCSE option choices shape your future academic, creative or technical journey.

Curriculum Map for PSHE (Year 9)

PSHE & PD in Year 10

We help you to think about your wellbeing when faced with grief, social anxiety and self-esteem issues. How the Law affect and supports you through various aspects of our changing relationships from conflict resolution to to stalking and county lines. We discuss issues such as terrorism, racism, hate crime, homelessness, suicide, employability and careers. We also cover age appropriate Relationship and Sex Education (RSE).

Curriculum Map for PSHE (Year 10)

PSHE & PD in Year 11

We explore your next steps, be it apprenticeships or university. We reinforce the skills needed to be successful. We discuss the world of your ‘mind’ from procrastination to risk taking decisions.  We cover the Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) topics such as fertility, relationships and consent.  We explore the impact of privilege, identity and diversity as well reinforcing our British Values. We examine our impact on our communities and the world.

Curriculum Map for PSHE (Year 11)

PSHE & PD in our Sixth Form

In the 6th form, PSHE dives deeper into the RSE topics and your place in the world.  Many of these topics are also covered in our General RE programme.  Whatever, you next step is, we will help you understand yourself and your skills better. Ready to launch our Gumley students into the world. Ready and prepared.

Curriculum Subjects for Year 12:

Personal Finance
Mental Health and Well being
6th form Careers
Personal Safety

Curriculum Subjects for Year 13:

Revisiting Sexual Health
Drugs Education
Personal finance
Emotional Wellbeing
Independent Living

Curriculum Map for PSHE (Year 12)Curriculum Map for PSHE (Year 13)

Where can PSHE take me?

PSHE is about ensuring you have the personal qualities, skills and knowledge to succeed and thrive in whatever field you choose to pursue in the future. An additional key focus in all 3 Key Stages is on careers related learning.