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Personal Development Curriculum

 

"The best thing we could do is work as hard as we can for what is right and what is good "
--Alexandria Ocasio Cortez

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Assistant Headteacher: Mrs R O'Donnell - o'donnellr@harpergreen.net  

Subject overview

 

The Personal Development Curriculum at Harper Green School comprises:

  • Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC)
  • Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic education (PSHCE)
  • Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

None of these subjects are tested or formally examined, but are incredibly important in enabling our young people to become well-rounded, happy and socially responsible young people.

Statutory guidance outlines what schools must cover, but not all that they should cover as part of broader PSHCE provision, which also includes economic wellbeing and careers education.  Health education is a compulsory part of every child’s education. Our curriculum offer at Harper Green School goes beyond statutory content in both breadth and depth, and although we recognise that parents and carers are the prime educators for children on many such matters, we aim to complement what they learn at home.

We advocate that young people are able to make the safest choices when they are armed with all of the relevant information, and in the increasingly complex world we live in, it is more important than perhaps ever before. We deliver content in a way that is objective and open. Only in doing so can we be confident that we are providing all of our young people with the knowledge that they need to make confident choices about their own health, careers, and economic choices.

Relationships and Sex Education, or RSE, is a statutory subject in all primary and secondary schools in the UK. This means that it is a compulsory part of every child’s education. The Department for Education rightly recognises that parents and carers are the prime educators for children on many such matters, and as a school, our aim is to complement what children learn at home.

PSHCE education at Harper Green is built on the school's key value of 'putting students first'. In an ever-changing world, it is paramount that our PSHCE curriculum is relevant to our students growing up in Farnworth and Bolton, and as a wider global citizen, and is based on answering the question, how will this help our students to lead happy and successful lives?

Throughout the five year programme of study there is a key focus on developing the "whole child" - not only as an individual, but also as a valued member of the different communities in which they live. Our PSHCE curriculum reflects the experiences and barriers our students encounter in their daily lives and is taught in an environment of mutual respect with the aspiration that our students will then in turn have a positive impact in their own community and the wider world.

Our PSHCE curriculum provides all students with the opportunities needed to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes to remain safe and healthy as they move towards adulthood.  

The PSHCE curriculum runs through the life of the school, and is central to our Personal Development Curriculum.  

All students will be taught PSHCE once a week by students' form tutors during form time. All lessons have been centrally planned in line with the new statutory guidance, including both Relationships and Sex education (RSE). 

There will be an additional PSHCE Day each term where themes are explored in greater detail and where appropriate external professionals speakers attend school to delve into the key topics for each year group. 

Students will have opportunities to access certain aspects of the PSHCE curriculum in different subject areas, such as, but not exhaustive to, Science and RE. Weekly assemblies are also used to address and support the key themes running through the PSHCE curriculum.

As we returned from COVID in September 2021 we continued our mental health focus with all year groups to ensure they were supported and knew where to ask for help as we transitioned back into full time education. These units will continue to be adapted ready for September 2022.

 

Please note that all parents and carers have the right to withdraw their child from elements of the RSE curriculum. If you are concerned or would like to further discuss the right to withdraw, please get in touch with our Assistant Headteacher, Mrs O'Donnell, in the first instance. 

Year 7

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Health and well- being

 

  • What is PSHE?
  • What is mental health?
  • How do I look after my mental health?
  • Why is sleep important?
  • What makes you worry?
  • How can you calm down if you feel anxious?
  • How to manage my emotional health?

 

Healthy Lifestyles

 

  • What constitutes a healthy lifestyle?
  • To understand the importance of a regular dental routine
  • What is a drug?
  • What are the risks of underage  drinking?
  • What are the risks to health from smoking/ vaping?

Belonging to a community

 

  • To explore ways in which decisions are made
  • Understanding people in my class
  • Understand that Britain is a multi-cultural society
  • What makes a good friend?
  • How do you resolve conflict?
  • Challenging bullying in my school and community.

 

Managing risk/ First Aid

 

  • Sun safety
  • Swimming in reservoirs
  • Road Safety
  • Fire Safety
  • Antisocial behaviour
  • Who to trust online
  • What is a digital tattoo?
  • Live streaming
  • Why is it important to learn first aid?
  • Dealing with accidents
  • The recovery position
  • CPR
  • Choking
  • Bleeding and shock

Year 8

 

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Health and Wellbeing

 

  • What is PSHE?
  • What is a healthy lifestyle?
  • How can we recognise and manage our emotions?
  • What makes you angry?
  • How to manage your anger?
  • What is resilience?
  • Can I talk about my emotional health?

 

Living in a digital world- staying safe

 

  • How important is the internet to you?
  • Who are you talking to online?
  • How do I know who I can trust online?
  • Cyberbullying
  • First to a million
  • To analyse the consequences of sexting
  • Live streaming

The right to be me

 

  • What are human rights?
  • What is stereotyping/prejudice and discrimination?
  • I'm with Sam
  • Challenging racism
  • Gender stereotyping
  • Challenging homophobia
  • What is a hate crime?
  • Murdered for being different

 

Human Rights/ Government, Elections and Voting

 

  • What are human rights?
  • How are rights protected?
  • Case studies of when human rights have been abused
  • Right to privacy
  • Right to asylum
  • Extremism/ radicalisation - threats to our rights in the UK.
  • What is parliament?
    What is an MP?
  • The importance of voting

 

Year 9

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Health and Wellbeing

 

  • What is PSHE?
  • What is a healthy lifestyle?
  • How can we recognise and manage our emotions?
  • What makes you angry?
  • How to manage your anger?
  • What is resilience?
  • Can I talk about my emotional health?

 

Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco

 

  • What is healthy nutrition?
  • Healthy habits
  • The law on alcohol/ drugs/tobacco
  • The effect of drugs on my physical health
  • The effect of drugs on my mental health

Young people and the law

 

  • The system of the law in the UK
  • Causes of crime
  • The role of the police
  • The age of criminal responsibility
  • The process of arrest
  • How does a case get to court?
  • What happens in a criminal court?
  • The youth justice system
  • The death penalty
  • Is the prison system effective?

Relationships and sex education

 

  • Creating a safe environment
  • Understanding the body
  • How does a relationship develop?
  • How do you decide when to have sex?
  • To understand how to identify power and control
  • To recognise signs of grooming
  • The fluid game
  • Pregnancy and parenthood
  • The value of commitment

 

 

Year 10

 

Half Term 1

Half Term 2

Half Term 3

Health and Wellbeing

 

  • What is PSHE?
  • What is a healthy lifestyle?
  • How can we recognise and manage our emotions?
  • What makes you angry?
  • How to manage your anger?
  • What is resilience?
  • Can I talk about my emotional health?

 

Drugs Education

 

  • Why do some people take drugs?
  • Drugs and the law
  • Getting drunk – is it worth it?
  • Cannabis – what’s the harm?
  • Are energy drinks harmful?
  • Handling risky situations
  • County lines
  • Criminal Child exploitation 

Personal Safety

 

  • How far are you willing to go for a friend?
  • Criminal exploitation
  • Street violence
  • Life before knives
  • Domestic violence
  • Murdered by my boyfriend

Careers

  

  • Next steps - what options are available?
  • Careers - STEM
  • Employability skills
  • What is income and expenditure?
  • What is a pay slip? What is tax?
  • What does it mean to be enterprising?
  • What is an enterprising personality?

Year 11

Half Term 1

Half Term 2

Half Term 3

Health and Wellbeing

 

  • What is PSHE?
  • What is a healthy lifestyle?
  • How can we recognise and manage our emotions?
  • What makes you angry?
  • How to manage your anger?
  • What is resilience?
  • Can I talk about my emotional health?

 

Relationships and Sex Education

  • What is consent/the law?
  • Different types of relationships including LGBT
  • Healthy/unhealthy relationships
  • Sexual harassment/sexual violence
  • Forced marriage
  • Contraception - STIs /pregnancy

Focusing on the Future - post 16

 

  • Aspirations for the future and how to make it happen
  • Life on minimum wage
  • Understanding pay
  • Managing on a budget
  • The importance of saving and risks of borrowing money
  • How to set up a bank account
  • Post 16 options

Health and Wellbeing (Exam preparation)

 

  • Managing my time effectively
  • Study skills - how to revise
  • The importance of sleep
  • Healthy Nutrition
  • Managing stress and anxiety
  • Suicide