At the Maidstone and Malling Alternative Provision, the PSHE curriculum intends to deliver an inclusive programme of study that will support our students to live healthy, safe, productive and balanced lives. We believe that effective teaching of this subject will increase students understanding of a set of overarching concepts including; identity, risk, diversity and equality, rights and change. Our curriculum will give students the opportunity to explore their attitudes, values and beliefs and develop the skills, strategies and language necessary to manage these issues in their lives.
The PHSE Association programme of study has 3 core themes that underpin the teaching of this subject; Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. In line with recent government statutory guidance our main focus will be the Relationships and Sex Education element of the curriculum, however, feedback gathered from students, parents and the staff team has informed our decision to include topics from the Health and Wellbeing them which will include mental health, making informed decisions about drugs and alcohol and will also cover the important topic of online safety and how this can impact issues such as; mental health and personal safety. The core theme of Living in the Wider World will be covered in our discreet careers and personal finance lessons.
This broad approach to teaching the PSHE curriculum will avoid the tendency to teach the topics as one off subjects and enable students to revisit subjects and build on their previously acquired knowledge and make links to other topics, ensuring that learning is embedded and remembered by students, helping them to manage their lives now and in the future. This will be a challenge as we only have a year with most of our students, however, the related nature of much of the material will help student to make links between subjects and use their newly acquired knowledge. We aim to give all students the opportunity to ask questions and discuss any concerns they may have about the important issues facing them in their everyday lives whilst encouraging them to look at the wider issues and supporting them to increase their resilience and equip them with the tools to take responsibility for their choices.
We have planned an ambitious curriculum that meets the needs of students and also meets with the new government statutory guidance on the teaching relationship and sex education. Each topic has been carefully chosen to respond to the feedback received from staff and students and within in the time available, will enable students to develop and deepen their understanding of relationships while receiving as broad curriculum as possible. Please see the attached curriculum for further information.
Although there is no formal method of assessment for PSHE, it is important to assess progress for pupil motivation which also improves learning and retention of information. Our assessment model is designed to measure student progress from their starting point and assessing progress at the end of each topic. This will give us the following method for assessing learning in PSHE.
Baseline Assessment – Assessment for Learning – Assessment of Learning
Student progress through the curriculum will also be tracked and shared with the students to increase motivation and focus. I will also help us to identify students who have missed any important elements of the course and allow us to plan revision and catch up sessions.
We believe that a strong focus on a tailored PSHE curriculum will not only teach students specific factual information but also enable them to gain skills in personal effectiveness, interpersonal skills and managing risk and decision making.