PSHE education is a specific school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain. Evidence shows that well-delivered PSHE programmes have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. In George Salter Academy all tutors are given regular training and deliver PSHE to their tutor group. This has the double advantage of ensuring staff are well prepared to deliver these sensitive topics but also have the established and positive relationships with the students that are more likely to illicit thoughtful, open and honest responses.
Our Programme of Study for PSHE education aims to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, teamworking and critical thinking in the context of learning grouped into three core themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world (including British Values, Citizenship, economic wellbeing and aspects of careers education).
The national curriculum also states that "all schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice". PSHE education is essential to Ofsted judgements in relation to personal development, behaviour, welfare and safeguarding. GSA was judged Good for this in its last Ofsted inspection in 2017 with comments such as: "Pupils benefit from an extensive and wide-ranging programme that helps them learn about ways to keep themselves safe and well. This includes mental health, knife crime and the risks posed by extreme views. Opportunities to contribute to pupils’ personal social and health education and promote British values are carefully mapped and effectively delivered through the curriculum."
From 2021 the relationships and health aspects of PSHE education will be compulsory in all schools.
From 2020/21 RSE is compulsory within all Secondary Schools. It covers the following topics: Different types of relationships; Sex, sexual health and sexuality; How to recognise, understand and build healthy relationships; The effect of relationships on health and wellbeing, and Healthy and safe online relationships.
We already deliver the agreed content through our re-modelled curriculum. The majority of RSE, most particularly the relationships side, is delivered through PSHE both in the weekly lessons but also in the drop down PSHE days. We use the input of experienced groups such as the Sandwell Brook Advisory Service for assemblies for all year groups but have also trained specialist teams of staff to ensure our lessons are delivered confidently, sensitively and effectively. We also use the expertise of our Safeguarding lead to ensure we are amplifying the learning in areas of RSE that are a particular issue in our local community. We also use our compulsory RE programme to deliver aspects of relationship education.
Many of the physical and biological aspects of our RSE programme are delivered through the science curriculum. Please find our RSE Policy linked at the bottom of the page.
The aim of physical health and mental wellbeing is to:
Ensure students understand the relationship between good physical health and good mental wellbeing. Give students the information they need to make well-informed, positive choices and good decisions about their own health and wellbeing. Help students to recognise what is normal, and what is an issue, and when these arise, how to seek support from appropriate sources. Students should know the contribution that hobbies, interests and participation in their own communities can make to their overall wellbeing.