The intent of our PHSE curriculum is to deliver a wide variety of topical issues and current affairs that are accessible to all of our pupils. At the heart of it we are promoting Catholic values and virtues in teaching. We will ensure that students are offered a balanced programme that offers a range of viewpoints on issues that enable pupils to become happy and successful individuals who can make a positive contribution to society. By focusing on the three key areas of ‘Health and Well-Being’, ‘Living in the Wider world’ and ‘Relationships’, we equip our pupils with the skills and knowledge they will need to meet the challenges of our diverse and increasingly complex world.
“GOD IS LOVE, AND A PERSON WHO LIVES IN LOVE, LIVES IN GOD AND GOD LIVES IN THEM”
Through the PSHCE curriculum, we will cover the following core themes – Health and Well Being ‘Created and Loved by God’, Relationships ‘Created to Love Others’ and Living in the Wider World ‘Created to live in a community’. Each of these topics encourage our students to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives – now and in the future.
Within our PSHCE and RSE lessons we want to develop an understanding of the key concepts with our pupils in order to deepen and broaden their knowledge, skills and understanding. This is done by:
- understanding that personal identity is affected by many factors
- recognising what affects confidence and self-esteem and realising that they can change with personal circumstances
- understanding that physical, mental, sexual and emotional health affect our ability to lead fulfilling lives
- using information to make informed and responsible choices
- appreciating that pressure can influence decisions in risky situations and that by developing the confidence to face challenges safely pupils can help protect themselves from harm
- encouraging tolerance of differences within our communities
- understanding career paths and exploring what qualities, skills and attitudes are needed for employability and the risks involved in career choices
- being able to manage their own finances and to appreciate enterprise and economics, understanding that there are risks involved in business