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Our curriculum is designed to ‘expand the opportunities of all students…continuously build on what they know and understand, whilst enabling them to explore the unfamiliar…and the world they will live in.’ PHSE is an essential part of our curriculum and has been designed to help our students navigate successfully through an increasingly complex and challenging world.
There are many safeguarding challenges that young people face growing up in Orpington and our PHSE programme is as important as other subjects and has been designed to help students deal successfully with matters that we know they may face.
- To ensure that students know and understand what they need to do to maintain their Health and Wellbeing, including about dealing with transition, physical/mental health, reproduction, identity, personal safety and risk;
- To ensure that students have a developed and broad understanding of and knowledge of Living in the Wider World, including aspiration, careers, finance, rights/responsibilities, globalisation and sustainability and racism, terrorism and discrimination;
- To ensure students know and understand how to develop Relationships, including identity and safety, attitudes to relationships and sex, staying safe (including from harassment and violence) and relationships and diversity;
- For many of our students, life is challenging and knowldges and understandig of them and our contextual safeguarding information, has informed planning for PHSE so that help students navigate successfully through many of the challenges that we know they may face;
- Student Voice informs our PHSE planning and implementation and is pivotal to our reviwing impact;
- PHSE lessons in Key Stage 3 and 4 are planned and taught by members of the Academy Leadership Team or senior members of the pastoral team;
- PHSE in Key Stage 5 is planned and delivered by the Head of Sixth Form;
- Students in Year 7-11 have a dedictaed PHSE lesson each week and this is combined with one tutor period each week, assesmblies and drop down days; (Appendix 1)
- Students in Key Stage 5 have dedicted drop downs days, tutor sessions and assemblies; (Appendix 2)
- Our Student Equalities Team are involved in co-planning and reviewing all PHSE lessons before the are delivered to the students and they provide feedback to the Faculty Director who leads on equalities;
- Students are assessmeed on PHSE knowledge and understanding in line with other subjects and it is included in the reporting cycle;
- Given the gaps in learning that were caused by national lockdown, we have mapped last years’ PHSE programme, identified particular areas that need to be revisited and ensured that this is clearly identified in 2021-2 planning; (Appendix 3)
Appendix 1 (Key Stage 3 and 4)
Appendix 2: (Key Stage 5)
Please see the links below for details of our PSHE curriculum: