Physical, Social, Health, Careers Education (PSHCE) is not an isolated curriculum area. It has a symbiotic relationship with all areas of School life including subject areas, pastoral concerns, social and economic factors and media exposure. There is also a nationwide safeguarding requirement to cover specific subjects. The curriculum provides an opportunity for pupils to understand real issues that contribute to their health, wellbeing, resilience and independence. As well as taught areas as specified below, we also embrace opportunities for external speakers to present to year groups.

We as parents and teachers have a duty, not just to explore the familiar, but to broaden horizons, create opportunities for students to understand the contribution the past has on the present and the context in which events have been created. PSHCE has a significant contribution to make in this journey.

We need to ensure that education supports students in being the best they can be in all aspects of life. Our young women will go on to support and grow with the community they inhabit and so the PSHCE curriculum at Handsworth is broad and balanced to enable our girls to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.

PSHCE encompasses 5 strands:

  • Sex and Relationships- personal wellbeing, healthy living , risk and

relationships

  • Personal Identity- personal identity, pressures, media portrayal and diversity
  • Economic wellbeing -career, capability, risk and economic understanding
  • Citizenship-examines democracy and justice, rights and responsibilities,

identities and diversity: living together in the UK

  • Wellbeing- strategies to promotes activities to enhance wellbeing

Aims

  • To provide a firm understanding of real issues that contribute to the health and wellbeing of young people
  • To educate students with the knowledge of what is acceptable in our society and giving them the knowledge to keep themselves and others safe
  • To encourage students to gain independence and take responsibility for the care and wellbeing of themselves and those close to them
  • To prepare our girls for their future in a variety of roles such as; parents, valuable citizens, employees and leaders

Curriculum

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Year 13

Term 1

Personal Identity: Body Image; Damaging images and messages; Body confidence

Mindfulness: Introduction – studies and benefits; awareness; meditation and relaxation

Economic Wellbeing and The Digital World: Chatrooms, social networking; Cyberbullying and the law; Sexting

Reliability

 

Term 2

Sex and Relationships: Puberty and periods; Relationships

Female Genital Mutilation

Citizenship: Radicalisation; Money awareness

Term 1

Personal Identity: Self-esteem; Healthy lifestyle and mind; Diversity

Mindfulness: Introduction; studies and benefits; awareness; meditation and relaxation

Economic Wellbeing and The Digital World: Reliability; Internet is a good thing v internet is a bad thing (viruses; Trojan; spyware)

 

Term 2

Sex and Relationships: Types of relationships; healthy relationships; Contraception; Management of periods

Citizenship: Staying safe – responding to current issues; effects of alcohol and drugs

Term 1

Personal Identity: positive thinking; peer pressure and making decisions; different lives

Mindfulness: The Mindful Brain

Economic Wellbeing and The Digital World: Reliability; digital citizen, digital footprint, identity theft

 

Term 2

Sex and Relationships: body image and change; contraception and safer sex; Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Citizenship: The Next Generation Awards; government and election

Term 1

Personal Identity: mental health; disability; sexuality and bullying

Economic Wellbeing and The Digital World: cyber security threats; social engineering; malicious code; methods to detect and prevent cyber security threats

Term 2

Sex and Relationships: contraception and safer sex; Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI); forced marriage; Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Citizenship: types of careers; radicalisation

Term 1

Personal Identity: media portrayal of body image; child and sexual abuse; body image and self esteem

Economic Wellbeing and The Digital World: Digital citizen DPA; Digital citizen CPA; online shopping

 

Term 2

Sex and Relationships: pregnancy; STI; pornography, abortion

Citizenship: conflict and migration; citizenship and fear

Term 1

Personal Identity: personal pros; breast care; curiosity

Economic Wellbeing and The Digital World: digital footprint; sexting; the ideal personal statement

Sex and Relationships: FGM; teenage partner abuse

 

Term 2

Citizenship: alcohol and drugs; election; government

Wellbeing: mental health; mindfulness

Term 1

Personal Identity: goal setting; presenting yourself

Economic Wellbeing and The Digital World: the economic impact of the internet; the destruction of jobs; digital technologies; cyber-attacks; privacy issues

Sex and Relationships: abortion; rape

 

Term 2

Citizenship: flat sharing; alcohol; budgeting; university and careers

Wellbeing: mental health; mindfulness

Staff

Mrs A Walters, Miss S Lester, Mrs S Shepherd and Mrs C Hubble teach the SRE curriculum.

A range of staff, including Pupil Achievement Leaders and members of the Senior Leadership Team teach the remainder of the curriculum, specialising in a specific subject area.

Additional Information

PSHCE is not an isolated curricular area. To be successful it needs that symbiotic relationship with other areas, and in doing so continues to make connections for students so that they begin to experience the interdependence of, for example, the political climate, gender roles, available media, literary influences on their personal development.  This underpins cross-curricular threads and breaks barriers or stereotypes, and creates opportunities for students to view learning as something other than subjects delivered in boxed time slots during a school day and as an evolving part of everyday life.

We as parents and teachers have a duty, not just to explore the familiar, but to broaden horizons, create opportunities for students to understand the contribution the past has on the present and the context in which events have been created. PSHCE has a significant contribution to make in this journey.

We need to ensure that education supports students in being the best they can be in all aspects of life. Our young women will go on to support and grow with the community they inhabit and so the PSHCE curriculum at Handsworth is broad and balanced to enable our girls to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.

PSHCE encompasses 4 strands:

  • Sex and Relationships- personal wellbeing, healthy living , risk and relationships
  • Personal Identity- personal identity, pressures, media portrayal and diversity
  • Economic wellbeing -career, capability, risk and economic  understanding
  • Citizenship-examines democracy and justice, rights and responsibilities, identities and diversity: living together in the UK

How can parents help?

Parents can support the teaching of PSHCE by keeping up to date with the curriculum and encouraging their daughter to have an open mind when learning about issues that are new to them.

  • With a rapidly growing virtual world that is part of our everyday lives it is important to keep up to date with social media. Having conversations with your daughters about what is appropriate use considering time, language and media.  
    • Consider the life events you, your family or friends have experienced.
    • From marriage to childbirth, career change to relocation, love and bereavement.
    • Life throws so many events at us and whilst some we can plan and prepare for, others can be unexpected and sometimes a shock. PSHCE supports girls in dealing with many life events. Parents can support their daughters by talking to them about what they are learning, making links between lessons and real life, strengthening the value of their learning through discussion and debate.

    Parent Channel TV
    http://www.familylives.org.uk/how-we-can-help/parentchannel-tv

Where next

Pupils are asked for feedback on the PSHCE provision and the PSHCE Head of Department collaborates with the Pupil Achievement Leaders to ensure that any concerns that arise through the year, can be addressed immediately or built into the planning process for the next academic year. The PSHCE Head of Department follows recommendations from the PSHE Association and Birmingham City Council requirements which may involve amendments to schemes of learning each year.

Opportunities out of lessons

Bar Mock Trial (Year 12)

Next Generation Awards (Year 9)

Sketchbook Circle

Magistrates Mock Trial- Year 9
We are proud to state that we are the current champions of the Magistrates Mock Trial 2014, in fact KEVIHS has won this competition for four years in a row! The competition enables young people from all over Britain, to act in school teams to battle out mock criminal trials in real crown courts, gaining an insight into the workings of the legal system.

http://www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk/main/comps.php?176

An extract from the school newsletter written by students

Mock Trials Report

On the 15th of March, a group of us, accompanied with Mrs Walters and Mrs Holmes, got the opportunity to represent the school in the mock trials competition. This competition was held in the Birmingham Magistrates court where 10 teams were competing against each other. We all worked hard as a team and did feel nervous closer to the day, however once we arrived, we had time to take in the competitive yet exciting atmosphere.

We had to participate in two rounds: one where we were defending, and the other, where we were prosecuting. The prosecution side of our team went up first along with three of our magistrates. We were prepared on what to say thanks to the help of Mrs Holmes.  Later that day, our defence team went up and had their time to demonstrate what they had practiced along with the magistrates. We again enjoyed observing and taking part in the competition. Thanks to the team effort overall, and especially with the guidance from Mrs Holmes, we won both cases!

Throughout the rounds, each member of the team was being assessed by the judges on how well they played their role, and how we, as a team, worked together and presented our case. When the results were called out, we were delighted to hear that our team had won overall. The thought that all our work collectively had paid off, felt very good. When individual awards were handed out, we again had the greatest feeling to hear that one of our team members, Virtue, won an award for best prosecution lawyer!

This competition gave us the chance to think and improvise on the spot. We enjoyed going up against the other team as we got the opportunity to gain sense of how they worked together as a team too. We definitely felt that collaboration in this competition was vital. Overall, we had a great time and this was a new experience for all of us that we really enjoyed!

By Farah Ravat & Lubna Jameel

Bar Mock Trial

Whilst similar to the Magistrates Mock Trial the Bar Mock Trial is aimed at Year 12 students in Handsworth. Students are given court cases and photographic evidence to plan their case as both the prosecution and defence. We are delighted to have made it to the finals this year with one of our pupils receiving a special award for performance.

http://www.citizenshipfoundation.org.uk/main/comps.php?175

Challenging Changes evening (parents)- Year 7

This a an evening where year 7 patents’ will be able to see a display of thoughts from Year 7 regarding the challenges, concerns and issues they may face over the coming years and how they intend to overcome these. Each year is different responding to the concerns and worries of the current year 7. Presentations are delivered offering practical advice, ideas and information in supporting your daughter during her time at school. There will also be a presentation from an outside speaker from the Health Education Service about the ways that you can support the physical and mental wellbeing of your daughter.

Next Generation Awards- Year 9

This involves a series of lessons and an Activity Day run in school with the Civic Society who passionately believes that children have important contributions to make towards the development of Birmingham. This award programme provides a means for them to make those contributions, drawing their attention to the fact that they are the future citizens of Birmingham and that their ideas, hopes and expectations do matter. They must conduct research and develop proposals for actions that would improve some aspect of life in the future. The scheme asks pupils to work in teams to identify issues and trends affecting people in their community, student work in small groups within forms and create presentation exploring the issues. Peers elect one group per form to make their presentation to a member of the Civic Society. We are delighted to have achieved second place last year and awarded a cheque to make the project ‘Help the Homeless’ a reality. Congratulations girls!

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