Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) forms part of our offer around health, wellbeing and Character & Culture development. It is fully planned curriculum programme delivered through timetabled lessons in Year 7-11. Each year the programme builds and develops knowledge from prior years introducing new age appropriate issues and relevant topics. In our last inspection Ofsted concluded that the programme contributes, ‘… very well both to pupils’ welfare and to preparing them for their future lives… with excellent provision for pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development’ and that the promotion of ‘pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding’ (Ofsted, 2017).
Students will undertake a range of modules including emotional wellbeing, physical health, equality and diversity, social and cultural issues, bullying, online safety, environment, the law and substance awareness.
Materials have been developed using resources from specialist sources such as The Tackle Homophobia Project, SHARHP (a clinically evidenced alcohol awareness project), Smart Moves Emotional Resilience, NHS Smoking Cessation, Home Office Democracy and Lloyds Money for Life. The full programme can be found on the school website.
We have also implemented an assessment process within PSHE to ensure that students are able to reflect and consider their development of knowledge, reasoning, skills and understanding. These self-reflective grades are combined with teacher assessment based on engagement and will appear in student academic reports as a percentage.
The school regularly engages with external agencies and partners to ensure the welfare and wellbeing needs of our students is met to the best of our ability. In addition to the educational delivery around health we have an extensive support provision within the school to support students physical and emotional wellbeing further details of which can be found here.
As part of the school’s PSHE programme every Year 7-11 student will receive Relationships, Sex and Health education (RSHE) lessons. Age appropriate materials have been developed in line with the government endorsed PSHE Association curriculum and in line with new statutory guidance that came into effect in September 2020.
Information regarding RSHE can be found on our website, in our new RSHE policy, and the statutory DfE guidance can be found on the government website.
Specialist workshops and assemblies will be delivered throughout the course of the year to complement the existing programme. During the academic year 2021-2022 we are leading on a county wide project that will see all secondary schools receive a package of lessons and workshops around County Lines and Harmful Sexual Behaviours. Students in Year 9 will take part in the County Lines element of the programme during Term 2, and educational experiences around healthy safe relationships will be delivered to Year 10 in Term 3 & 4.
During Terms 4 & 5 Students in Year 11 will undertake specific sessions around the C Card scheme that have been developed, and will be facilitated by staff trained in sexual health delivery.
The East Sussex C-Card scheme is a free and confidential co-ordinated condom distribution network for young people aged 13 – 24 years in East Sussex. It aims to provide quick and confidential access to condoms, supported by evidence based, accurate contraceptive and sexual health information, and sign posting to comprehensive contraceptive and sexual health services.
The scheme has been established in East Sussex for a number of years and currently includes providers from a wide range of organisations and sectors. To register for a C-Card, a young person must to go through a process of induction who has assessed their suitability for the scheme. The young person then receives their C-Card with a personal registration number, entitling them to free condoms at any of the distribution or ‘Pick Up’ points displaying the C-Card logo – including a number of GP surgeries, pharmacies and other community venues. Seaford Head School operates as a registration only centre for students in Year 11 and does not distribute condoms to students other than those in Year 12-13.
At Seaford Head School, we recognise the importance of high quality RSHE which supports young people to lead safe and healthy lives into adulthood. RSHE is an entitlement for all young people. We believe that its delivery should be inclusive, taking into account young people’s protected characteristics, learning needs, health, culture, individual and family circumstances. RSHE at Seaford Head School will seek to enable young people to develop knowledge, gain information and explore attitudes and values.
We firmly believe that RSHE is most effective when provided in a wider context of social and emotional development and therefore our programme places the emphasis upon relationships, and supports pupils’ understanding and skill in developing positive and healthy relationships alongside sex, sexuality, sexual orientation and sexual health. It is not about the promotion of sexual orientation or sexual activity. RSHE follows a spiral curriculum, as recommended by the PSHE association and Sex Education Forum. This means key areas, such as healthy relationships, peer pressure and consent, will be revisited throughout the students’ experience in an age-appropriate manner, providing timely and age appropriate information about their bodies and relationships, so that they can make their transition into adulthood with the confidence and knowledge to understand what is happening to them, and hopefully grow into confident and healthy adults able to make positive choices.
All of the work delivered in PSHE lessons will be enhanced by the ongoing social and emotional education that is imbedded across our curriculum and through our pastoral support system.
As part of the ongoing reflection and planning process of PSHE we regularly consult students to ensure the programme meets their needs. We also would like to gain regular parent and carer views on PSHE and as such have an ongoing survey open for you to access at any point.
Please visit our website for more information and if you have any queries please contact your child’s Director of Learning or myself.
Mr Sam Whittaker
Associate Assistant Headteacher
Seaford Head School
Phone : 01323 872724
Email : SamWhittaker@seafordhead.org
Health & Wellbeing : firstname.lastname@example.org