Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

Our PSHE provision meets the school’s requirement to provide this as part of our core curriculum at Key Stages Three and Four. It is a planned programme of learning through which pupils acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. As part of a whole school approach it develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

PSHE at Test Valley School focuses on the well-being of our pupils now and in the future. It addresses pupils’ own experience and prepares them for when they leave school. A spiral programme ensures learning is revisited, reinforced and extended during a pupil’s five years by age and stage appropriate contexts.

Every effort is made to encourage pupils to develop their personal skills. These include communicating, making reasoned judgements and developing strategies for dealing with varying life situations, constructive criticisms and disseminating information. The development of tolerance, an appreciation of another’s point of view and self-respect are key elements of this programme.

All units of work are linked to at least one article from the United Nations Convention of Rights of the Child.

The Department of Education have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.” The PSHE curriculum at Test Valley School aims to meet these expectations and is delivered through three whole school days off the regular timetable, as well as weekly tutor sessions every Friday.

PSHE at Test Valley School covers the following topics. This list is not exhaustive and other topics may be covered if relevant to the year group.

Curriculum Programme

Year 7

Settling In –the expectations of the years ahead

Personal Hygiene – ensuring healthy lifestyles and coping with puberty

Anti-Bullying – pupils will work in pairs or small groups to make an anti-bullying campaign for the school

Internet Safety – the risks related to privacy, identity and access to information

Friendship — an understanding of cultural difference and healthy friendships

Year 8

Type of Person – understanding my identity and personal preferences, learning styles

Discrimination – intolerance, prejudice and discrimination

Democracy – the importance of democracy and alternative governments

Money Matters – pupils will look at different types of bank accounts and consider the implications of borrowing money from different lenders

Year 9

Corporal/capital punishment – an understanding of juvenile justice and detention

Money Matters – standard of living, budgeting and credit control

Sustainability – survival and development

Healthy Lifestyles – health and health services

Careers – preparation for life and making post 16 choices

Sex and Relationships– healthy sexual relationships, health and health services*

Year 10

Drugs – the risks of drug abuse; health and health services

Mass Media – the risks of privacy, identity and access to information

Citizenship – voting and the democratic process

Revision Skills – preparation for lifelong learning

Sex and Relationships– healthy sexual relationships, health and health services*

Money matters – an understanding of monetary security and standard of living

Year 11

Preparation for the Future

Post 16 Choices – writing college applications, personal statements and preparing for interviews

Money Matters – budgeting

Sex and Relationships – healthy sexual relationships*

Sex and Relationships Education*

The school’s Sex and Relationships Education programme places particular emphasis on developing a caring and responsible attitude towards relationships. It aims to help pupils to understand the importance and role of the family and to consider the part it can play in happy and fulfilling relationships. Attitudes towards relationships are considered alongside the moral and social issues involved. We aim to combat ignorance by giving our pupils the knowledge upon which to make informed decisions, to develop responsible attitudes to their own problems and to show consideration to those of others.

During Years 9, 10 and 11 the schemes of work cover the whole human reproductive system more thoroughly than in earlier years. Adolescence, contraception, sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV/AIDS), pregnancy, birth and family life are dealt with in the context of responsible moral attitudes.

We are happy to answer any questions about this aspect of the curriculum. The Governing Body has approved the Sex Education Policy, a copy of which is available upon request. An opportunity for parents to view the resources used during each key stage can be arranged. Although the Government believes that all pupils should be offered the opportunity of receiving a comprehensive programme of Sex Education, parents do have the right of withdrawal from any or all parts of the school’s programme, other than those elements which are required by the National Curriculum Science Order. We would ask parents to contact the school if they wish to discuss the issues involved.