We have a five-year PSHE curriculum offer, tailored specifically to meet the needs of the school’s local context whilst at the same time equipping pupils with the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to play their full part in an ever-changing world of the 21st Century. Our programme includes the delivery of RE (Religious Education), RSE (Relationships education, relationships and sex education), PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic), CEIAG (Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance) and fundamental British Values, delivered through a combination of discrete timetabled tutor times, assemblies and drop-down days. We emphasise a number of cross-curricular links across a wide range of subjects, and map these on Gridmaker to demonstrate cohesion across the curriculum.
Our curriculum places social and personal development at the heart of its design, with group discussion, self-expression and the promotion of tolerance and respect towards the opinions of others in each unit of work. Providing opportunities for pupils to develop confidence, resilience and knowledge to stay mentally and physically healthy are also included and developed in topics such as 'physical health and fitness’ and ‘healthy relationships’ and BTEC Sport and Health & Social Care.
At Key Stage 3, pupils explore an array of pertinent issues such as online and offline risks, including gangs, radicalisation and extremism through half-termly topics such as Diversity, Prejudice and Discrimination. The inappropriate use of mobile technology and social media is also reinforced through the ICT curriculum as well as being emphasised and revisited in our Tutor time and assembly programme, promoting for example national ‘Safer Internet Day’ across the Academy and key stages. We also receive visits from the local Police Force to deliver assemblies and reiterate these themes.
Religious Studies is also embedded throughout Key Stage 3, as pupils are able to explore the religions of Christianity, Islam and Hinduism through the lens of ‘What would a religious person do in this situation?’ in order to develop skills of reflection, respect and tolerance. Religious quotes are woven into schemes of learning such as Evil and Suffering and are interpreted alongside some religious practices and core beliefs. All lessons have a Learning Question, to be in-line with local SACRE (Standing Advisory Council for Religious Education) guidance.
With income deprivation and unemployment levels in the local area above national averages, we are fully committed to ensuring that our curriculum provides sufficient time to achieve all 8 of The Gatsby Benchmarks, working alongside organisations such as The FORCE and The National Citizenship Service. We also have a strong relationship with the Careers and Enterprise Company who support in meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks. A mixture of tutor time activities and progressive career opportunities allow the following targets to be met:
1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance
Our RSE curriculum provision gives due regard to the DfE’s statutory guidance on sex and relationship education as well as focussing in more detail on issues most relevant to pupils in our local context. Specific needs, as they arise are responded to and incorporated into our planning. We also aim to bring in outside companies/agencies to deliver bespoke sessions to meet the specific needs of our pupils throughout the Academy. For example, we have a School Nurse drop-in service, Domestic Violence Awareness workshops and Sex Education delivered by the NHS. Key issues such as teenage pregnancy, consent, STIs and contraception, healthy relationships and domestic abuse are all delivered by external agencies and specialist through a series of drop-down days.
The Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development of our pupils has always been at the heart of the education offered in Delta Academies. The Academy’s approach to SMSC is embedded in the Delta ethos of mutual respect, partnership working and collaboration; an approach that we believe is fundamental to a full and positive participation in life in modern Britain. As part of the Delta Family, we all live and breathe ‘Changing Lives’.
Broad PSHE themes are allocated throughout each academic year and revisited so that they can be reinforced and developed over the years:
Half Term1 Personal Action Planning
HT2 Diversity, Prejudice and Discrimination
HT3 Personal Finance & Being a Critical Consumer
HT4 Emotional Wellbeing & Sex and Relationships
HT5 Careers choices, relationships, behaviour and practices in the workplace
HT6 Drugs & Healthy Lifestyle
Examples of how fundamental British Values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs are actively promoted across the Academy and include:
• Weekly year group assemblies led by academy leaders or guest speakers
• Student Voice activities
• Student Council
• Personal, Social, Health and Education (PSHE) tutor sessions and Drop Down days e.g. E-Safety delivered by the Police.
• Religious Education
• Healthy schools’ initiatives
• Cross curricular initiatives
• After school clubs and enrichment activities
• Charity and fundraising work
• Sporting events
• Links with the wider community including ‘Plastic Free Friday’, ‘Armistice Remembrance Day’ and ‘Christmas against Loneliness’.
• Educational trips and visits and other opportunities for learning outside the classroom.