Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education at Brook Mead Academy is a key part of our curriculum offer. At Key Stage 3, pupils build on the skills, attitudes, values, knowledge and understanding they have developed at primary school. We acknowledge the changes our pupils are experiencing, teach our pupils to manage diverse relationships and the increasing influences of peers and the media and how to make a full and active contribution to society. At Key Stage 4, pupils extend and rehearse the skills, further explore relevant attitudes and values and further deepen knowledge and understanding around similar themes as Key Stage 3.
Our PSHE curriculum is centred around three main themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world. These themes are addressed vertically throughout Key Stages 3 and 4, with topics and content we have decided to be appropriate for the age of our pupils. Our PSHE curriculum also reflects local priorities for our pupils and community.
Pupils cover six topics per year. These topics are explored in tutor groups with their form tutors. We use dedicated sessions fortnightly for these PSHE lessons. The topics also complement our assembly calendar where appropriate.
Throughout all themes and topics, pupils will learn how to identify and access help, advice and support.
The PSHE and Citizenship curriculum complements the whole school curriculum which promotes and embeds fundamental British Values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs while supporting pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development.