PHSE Curriculum

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Due to the current situation, departmental curriculum plans are not currently available.

Here is the Cowley COVID resuming plan as an interim guide.

Curriculum aim

In PSHE, pupils will have be provided with the tools they need for personal development and growth. Students will become confident in sharing their thoughts and opinions in class discussions. They will listen considerately and be supportive of one another.  Staff are committed to ensuring the curriculum remains relevant to students, keeping up to date with the latest developments in this fast-moving curriculum area. We are an ‘early adopter’ of statutory Relationships and Sex Education and are working with the Department for Education to ensure our curriculum is of the highest possible standard. 

During their time at Cowley, pupils are equipped with the tools and skills essential for personal, moral and social development and growth: providing opportunities that will see this growth and development extend beyond their years at school. Our pupils are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community. Students are given every opportunity to share their thoughts and voice their opinions in class discussions. They are also encouraged to listen considerately and be supportive of one another, fostering a strong spirit of community and a network of support across the school. PSHE is integral to the development of children’s values in order for them to become a positive citizen in a forever changing community.

Our school is committed to ensuring the curriculum remains relevant to its students, keeping up to date with the latest developments in this fast-moving curriculum area. We are an ‘early adopter’ of statutory Relationships and Sex Education and are proactive in working with the Department for Education to ensure our curriculum is of the highest possible standard for our students.

Curriculum structure

At Cowley International College, we structure the PSHE curriculum in a way which allows pupils to re-visit topics and progress at an age-appropriate level, building upon knowledge year on year to making lasting and meaningful links in their understanding.

For example, in year 7, pupils will study what healthy relationships look like, with a particular reference to relationships with families and friends.

In year 8, pupils will apply this learning to romantic relationships.

Year 9 pupils will examine the link between relationships and consent.

In year 10, pupils will look at beginning, taking part in and ending intimate relationships; and in year 11 pupils will understand how to handle bad relationships.

This cyclical approach to learning allows pupils to review issues they may come across in their own lives on a regular basis, giving them the support they need to navigate life.

Homework is set every four weeks and encourages pupils to implement the knowledge they have learnt in lessons.

Pupil work is marked regularly, and teachers pay particular focus to marking for literacy.

Pupils are taught PSHE in ability groupings, and this allows teachers to ensure that pupils access the content at a level appropriate for them: accounting for the needs of all pupils, ensuring progression for all pupils as they move through the school.

Curriculum in action

Curriculum Beyond the Classroom
We are keenly aware of the importance of visits from outside agencies within PSHE, allowing students to meet with experts and gain a greater understanding of the topic. We work closely with the health services in St Helens to identify key professionals whom students will benefit from meeting, including the Sexual Health service and the Stop Smoking team. We also make use of offers from charity organisations including Coppafeel. Our curriculum is regularly revised to ensure that it meets emerging needs and current issues.

There are also plans to set up an extra-curricular pupil wellbeing group in September 2019.

Subject Expertise
We are members of the PSHE association. This supports us in remaining up to date with the most recent developments in the subject, including providing opportunities for CPD. Members of the department are  active users of social media networks, including Facebook and Twitter, and we share good practice through this. We are developing good relationships with our federation partner at Haydock so that both departments can benefit from shared expertise and reflective practice. All staff within the department have taken part in whole school CPD on mental health awareness. Two staff have a qualification in understanding children and adolescent mental health, with a third being a qualified Mental Health First Aider. Our subject lead has recently completed a Level 1 Counselling qualification.

Teachers from outside the department are supported with detail lesson plans and mentoring from within the department.

 The entirety of the PSHE curriculum seeks to ensure that all students leave Cowley with the skills they need to be successful in their own lives. Each year, pupils will study topics which support them with their future choices. The first unit of work in year 7 helps pupils to develop the skills and strategies they need to manage the transition from secondary to primary school, a transition that can be difficult and challenging for pupils. In year 8, pupils study a series of lessons on careers and future choices to support them as they choose their GCSE options. In year 9 pupils complete a scheme of learning on employability and enterprise, where they have the opportunity to look at the skills needed to develop a new business. In year 10, pupils will study economic well-being and will understand the effects their future financial decisions may have on them and those around them. Finally, in year 11, pupils will study a unit of work on careers to support them with their transition to post-16 education.