Oakwood Park Grammar School
Personal, Social health and Economic Education is a planned programme of learning opportunities and experiences that help young people grow and develop as individuals and as members of families and of social and economic communities.
PSHE education contributes to personal development by helping young people to build their personal identities, confidence and self-esteem, make career choices and understand what influences their decisions including financial ones. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help them to form and maintain good relationships, and better enjoy and manage their lives.
Where appropriate external speakers with particular expertise are engaged to talk to classes.
Year 7 has one discrete lesson of 1 hour per fortnight. These lessons are delivered by a team of teachers from a range of areas in school. The curriculum is spiral so every topic is covered in years 7 but the lesson content is age-appropriate, content will be revisited and developed as students move up throughout the school. Key topics include; bullying, internet safety, conflict resolution, and healthy living.
Year 8 has two lessons per fortnight. Students have two teachers, a science teacher to focus on key topics like Keeping Safe and Sex Education and another teacher from a range of expertise to cover major topics such as Rights and Responsibilities, Economic Well-being and Relationships.
In Years 9-11 PSHE is delivered on enrichment days. These lessons are delivered by a team of teachers from a range of areas in the school and a variety of outside speakers. Students have talks from Kent Fire Service, The Kenward Trust, NHS and Good Lad Initiative to help them understand the communities they live in. In addition all year 9-11 students have 30 minutes of Tutor Period. The students follow a set curriculum looking topics like Gang culture, Role Models, Dealing with Stress, Revision and Homelessness.
Assemblies also address key topical issues, social problems, expectations and British values.
Please note that some aspects of PSHCEE are included in the cross curricular sections of most departments’ schemes of work.