Under section 78 of the Education Act 2002 and the Academies Act 2010, schools must provide a ‘balanced and broadly-based curriculum’ which promotes ‘the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life’. PSHE education makes a major contribution to schools fulfilling this duty. Schools also have duties in relation to promoting pupil wellbeing and pupil safeguarding (Children Act 2004) and community cohesion (Education Act 2006).
Implementation and Assessment
At St Paul’s High School, PSHE education is a curriculum subject through which our pupils develop the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy, safe, and prepared for life and work. The majority of PSHE education became compulsory in all schools in September 2020 with the introduction of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education at Key Stages 3 and 4. Statutory guidance outlines what schools must cover however economic wellbeing and careers education should also be explored across the Key Stages.
Our PSHE curriculum has regular time within our timetable. We aim to achieve continuity, progression and meaningful assessment from a cross-curricular approach to PSHE. This is implemented within a one- hour PSHE lesson each fortnight (Monday, period 1). Aswell as this, we have weekly tutor time allocation and ample opportunities to enhance learning through other subjects and events. Pupils are provided with regular opportunities to reflect on and identify what they have learned and what they need to learn next. This supports teachers’ needs to gauge pupils’ progress and make informed improvements to their learning when required. Assessment therefore is an integral part of the teaching and learning in PSHE education.
Explore the PSHE Learning Journey