PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) education continues for pupils in POST-16, building on the skills and knowledge developed in Secondary school. The content delivered is appropriate for young adults who are readying themselves for the adult world. The lessons are designed to feel less formal, with a greater emphasis on group discussions and scenario considerations.
The three strands of PSHE education are the same:
However, the schemes of work are geared towards planning and readiness for the future, including understanding the impact of choice. The POST-16 programme allows for a needs-based curriculum which is catered to individual and group needs. Classes are timetabled according to the pupils’ interests and prior experiences. This provides an environment where all feel safe and secure to participate fully, share their opinions and engage in conversation about themselves.
PSHE is also delivered in tutor times each day, engaging pupils in activities that promote Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) education and support the development of values, respect and tolerance. These activities are then further explored in Care to ensure a positive impact on the whole child. Alongside these learning experiences, PSHE is also available in Care as drop-in sessions during the evenings. Space is provided to ask difficult questions and discuss personal issues in a calm and protected environment.
At all times, PSHE challenges discrimination in a supportive setting that is free from shame. Panksepp’s model of emotional systems is valued and adhered to, along with Trauma Informed School practices. Pupils are encouraged to develop healthy lifestyles, with fruit and drink being offered during each lesson and available throughout the school day.
Muntham House School’s PSHE Scheme of Work aims to equip our young people with the essential skills for life. It aims to develop the whole child through carefully planned and resourced lessons that develop the knowledge, skills and attributes young people need to protect and enhance their wellbeing. Through these lessons, our young people will learn how to stay safe and healthy, build and maintain successful relationships and become active citizens, responsibly participating in society around them. Successful PSHE curriculum coverage is a vital tool in preparing young people for life in society, now and in the future. The curriculum aims to cover a wide range of social and emotional aspects of learning, enabling young people to develop their identity and self-esteem as active, confident citizens. The themes and topics support social, moral, spiritual and cultural development and provide young people with protective teaching on essential safeguarding issues, developing the knowledge of when and how they can ask for help.
Our PSHE resources are fully in line with the Learning Outcomes and Core Themes provided by the PSHE Association Programme of Study which is widely used in England and is recommended and referred to by the DfE in all key documentation relating to PSHE provision in schools. The PSHE curriculum covers all of the required objectives and follows the three core areas of Health and Well-being Relationships and Living in the Wider World. This scheme of work fulfils the requirements of 2020 Statutory Relationships and Health Education, setting these learning intentions in the context of a broad and balanced PSHE curriculum.
Muntham’s PSHE scheme of work is designed to be taught in thematic units, these units are taught in a spiral curriculum that revisits each theme every year. This enables our young people to recall and build upon previous learning, exploring the underlying principles of PSHE education regularly at a depth that is appropriate for the age and stage of the young person. Lessons also signpost keywords, building a rich vocabulary to develop understanding. PSHE units are designed to be delivered in a creative manner, using many approaches such as role play, discussion and games with groups of various sizes. These activities enable young people to build confidence and resilience. Resources are also provided for communicating with tutors and care staff about how and why each theme is covered and suggestions for extending the learning in tutor times and at home.
Assessment for learning opportunities are built into each lesson, which enable self-evaluation and reflective learning and allow teachers to evaluate and assess progress. Each lesson begins with a discussion of the young person’s existing knowledge and experience, providing an opportunity for baseline assessment. Each lesson ends with an opportunity to consolidate and reflect upon learning. Tools, such as mind maps and Muntham Wheels, are provided for summative assessment, allowing progress to be recorded and tracked.
The PSHE scheme of work provides Muntham House School with an effective curriculum for well-being. Young people are enabled to develop the vocabulary and confidence needed to clearly articulate their thoughts and feelings in a climate of openness, trust and respect, and know when and how they can seek the support of others. They will apply their understanding of society to their everyday interactions, from the classroom to the wider community of which they are a part. Muntham’s PSHE scheme of work supports the active development of a school culture that prioritises physical and mental health and wellbeing, providing young people with skills to evaluate and understand their own well-being needs, practise self-care and contribute positively to the wellbeing of those around them.
Successful PSHE education can have a positive impact on the whole person, including their academic development and progress, by mitigating any social and emotional barriers to learning and building confidence and self-esteem. Evidence suggests that successful PSHE education also helps disadvantaged and vulnerable young people achieve to a greater extent by raising aspirations and empowering them with skills to overcome barriers they face. The Muntham House School PSHE and Citizenship scheme of work is used as a whole-school approach to positively impact well-being safeguarding and SMSC outcomes. This ensures that all young people are able to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to succeed at school and in the wider world.
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