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PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship & Economic)

DELIVERY OF PSHCE PROGRAMME

The school values PRIDE (perseverance, respect, independence, discovery and enthusiasm) are embedded throughout the curriculum. The PSHCE course, as well as being informative, has been designed to be skills-focussed stimulating and encouraging the development throughout the course of the Key skills of critical thinking, decision making and communication.

All boys receive a fortnightly PSHCE lesson with their form tutor on Gold Friday period 1 for Year 7 through to Year 11. The Year 7-10 programme of study is set out below. Year 11 follow an exam focused programme and Years 12 and 13 a programme specific to KS5 as put in place by the Director of 6th Form.

In addition to this, workshops with specialist speakers are organised for all year groups at different times throughout the year. These focus on specific age-appropriate issues such as anxiety, mental health, e-safety, drugs and alcohol, safe driving, and sexual relationships.

Students are provided with opportunities to discuss critical issues, to work together, to make decisions, to take responsibility for their own actions and participate in school and community events. We are seeking to make PSHCE an integral part of school life, rooted in the school ethos. When pupils leave CBSC we expect that they will be equipped with the knowledge, skills and attributes to become morally responsible and valued citizens.

As a result there are a number of different combinations of approach (as shown below), all or some of which may be used by staff to aid their delivery of the programme.

The range of approaches for PSHE and Citizenship delivery are:

  • At KS3 and KS4 there is discrete curriculum time of one period a fortnight of PSCHE- Tutor Time - lessons. On occasions outside speakers visit these lessons.
  • At KS5 PSHE is delivered through the 6th Form tutor programme. This is led and monitored by the Director of 6th Form  and includes issues such as SRE, drugs and alcohol, democracy, alongside driving skills and advice on progression through education and employment.
  • Teaching in and through other subject/curriculum areas.
  • Through extra-curricular activities and events.
  • Through the pastoral care and guidance systems.
  • Through assemblies.

Please click here for a list of current topics being taught in PSHCE lessons for each year group.

SEX AND RELATIONSHIP EDUCATION (SRE)

SRE is taught in two ways at CBSC.  Firstly, the Science Department teach about sexual reproduction to all students, and this is a statutory requirement of the curriculum. Secondly, in PSHCE lessons during Years 7-11, students follow a sex and relationships education programme in some of their lessons. 

As a parent you have the right to withdraw your child from this programme.  The aim is for it to be lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development. It is about understanding the importance of marriage for family life; stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care.  It is also about the teaching of sex, sexuality and sexual health.  It is not about the promotion of sexual orientation or sexual activity.  

If you want to withdraw your child from this programme, then please contact the relevant Year Manager, and we will make alternative arrangements for your child during these specific lessons.  Please do not hesitate to contact the school if you would like to discuss this further.

WORKING WITH PARENTS/CARERS

It is acknowledged that students come from a range of cultural and social backgrounds and that sensitivity is required to avoid offending students or their families. In providing PSHCE for students the school will respect the religious beliefs and values of all members of its community, and make provision to discuss its aims with parents/carers wishing to receive further clarification.  Parents/carers are able to contact the school about the policy and any queries are dealt with by the Assistant Principal with responsibility for PSHCE in the first instance. 

Parents/carers have the right to withdraw their children from any or all parts of the school's programme of sex education apart from those elements that are in the National Curriculum Science course.  Parents/carers can contact the Assistant Principal with responsibility for PSHCE for clarification of withdrawal procedures and are invited to discuss any worries or concerns that they may have.

Students are encouraged by their Tutors to discuss the content in their PSHCE lessons with adults at home.