PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education) is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work as well-balanced and informed citizens in modern Britain.
RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) is delivered as part of the PSHCE curriculum with a focus on a wide range of relevant issues with the purpose of keeping our pupils safe from sexual abuse, sexually transmitted infections, unplanned pregnancy and abusive relationships. RSE within our PSHCE programme also aims to ensure that our pupils understand the range, diversity and characteristics of healthy relationships.
PSHCE and RSE are delivered at The Oaks Academy primarily through a series of Enrichment Days across the school year (typically one per half-term). During Enrichment Days, the normal school timetable is suspended so that our pupils can receive bespoke sessions that relate to key PSHCE and RSE themes (as determined by national PSHCE and RSE guidelines as well as by our locally determined need).
A yearly plan for our PSHCE and RSE programmes, outlining the areas of focus for each year group for each Enrichment Day, is designed by Mr Austin, our PSHCE Coordinator, and can be viewed using the link below. This plan ensures that our pupils receive a full and balanced coverage of our seven key PSHCE themes:
- Health and Well-being
- Living in the Wider World
- Study Skills
- British Values
In addition to our Enrichment Days, our pupils receive PSHCE education implicitly through a range of curriculum subjects. PSHCE and RSE themes are also picked up by Form Tutors on occasion and also through assemblies.
Promoting the social, moral, spiritual and cultural (SMSC) development of our young people, as well as raising their awareness and developing their understanding of fundamental British values, is a whole-school concern.
At The Oaks Academy we support our pupils` spiritual development by:
- providing a safe environment in which they can explore and express the beliefs – religious or otherwise – that inform their perspective on life
- promoting a sense of enjoyment in learning about themselves, others and the world around them
- encouraging the use of imagination and creativity in their learning and a willingness to reflect on their experiences
We support our pupils` moral development by:
- establishing a learning environment where the difference between wrong and right can be recognized, understood and embodied
- cultivating an understanding that actions have consequences
- encouraging exploration, discussion and debate about moral and ethical issues
We support our pupils` social development by:
- providing a range of opportunities for social skills to be used in different contexts, both inside and outside the classroom
- fostering a willingness to participate in a variety of social settings, cooperating with others and resolving conflicts effectively
- generating an interest in the way different communities and societies function
We support our learners` cultural development by:
- supporting an understanding and appreciation of the range of cultural influences that have shaped their own heritage as British citizens
- fostering a willingness to participate in, and respond to, artistic, musical, sporting, mathematical, technological, scientific and cultural opportunities
- generating an interest in exploring and showing respect for cultural, religious and socio-economic diversity in local, national and global communities