What do our students say?
“I want to be a therapist because I want to help people with their mental health which I have been learning about in my PSCHE lessons” - Aween, Year 9
“I really enjoyed the PSCHE lessons on gang culture and violence especially when we had a visitor come in to speak to us. It helped me understand more about it and ways to stay safe in my community” - Meriem, Year 9
What do our parents say?
“As long as you live, keep learning how to live” – Seneca
PSCHE at OASB
Our PSCHE curriculum aims to nurture both students’ well-being and self-esteem, shaping the path for them to become model citizens both inside and out of the academy and have the self-confidence and aspiration to achieve their dream job. Throughout their five years of PSCHE education at OASB, we strive to give students a sense of empowerment and the knowledge, skills and understanding to become informed, aware, active and responsible citizens, both at a local and global level. We aim to build the foundations for our students to make well-informed decisions on how to stay safe in their communities and be the very best version of themselves no matter their starting point or background.
All students study one hour of PSCHE every week complemented by the Enrichment Curriculum where most of the Citizenship content is studied. PSCHE lessons are delivered from pre-prepared booklets by subject teachers in line with the Equality Act 2010. The main over-arching topics in PSCHE include mental health, relationships and sex education, drugs and alcohol awareness, healthy living and study skills. Students are introduced to many of the big topics at a foundational level in Key Stage 3 (Year 7 and 8) and then go on to study these topics in more detail in Key Stage 4 (Years 9, 10 and 11).
The curriculum embeds the ethos of the school with a strong commitment to equality and celebration of difference. Content is made accessible to all students including those with SEND through additional forms of media in lessons and through scaffolding throughout the booklets. New words are defined to increase students’ vocabulary and literary skills. All compulsory subject content is age appropriate and developmentally appropriate and will be taught sensitively and inclusively, paying due respect to the backgrounds and beliefs of pupils and parents while always with the aim of providing pupils with the knowledge they need of the law.
Our curriculum is ambitious in a variety of ways. Firstly, embedded into the lessons are articles discussing current affairs and issues occurring in the news at present or in the past, extending the students’ knowledge of the world around them. In addition to this, decision-making style questions are a platform for students to immerse themselves in real-life scenarios allowing extension of their knowledge and contextualisation of this knowledge to their own lives and society. Furthermore, frequent discussion-style questions provide opportunities for students to develop their communication skills in a classroom environment through sharing ideas and listening respectfully to the potentially opposing ideas of others, a skill we hope our students’ will carry with them throughout their careers and everyday lives.
For further information on the PSCHE curriculum at OASB please email firstname.lastname@example.org