PSHE and Wider Learning

PSHE at Banbury Aspirations Campus is very important to us. We carefully plan the programme to develop all our students and allow them to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. As part of a whole-campus approach, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes students need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

Spiritual, moral social and cultural education is a strength. Students are well-prepared for life in modern Britain and are proud of their inclusive school community. Fundamental British values are promoted well (Ofsted May 2018)

PSHE education contributes to all students’ personal development by helping them to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem and manage and identify risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help students to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives.

PSHE is delivered through a weekly mentor programme and 4 drop down days dedicated to the PSHE curriculum. Ethics/RE PSHE drop down days

Topic areas covered include

Year 7: Team building. British Values and what makes a good student. Healthy lifestyles, first aid/drugs education. Puberty and Health, introduction to University, raising Aspirations.

Year 8: British values and Extremism. Studio school experience. Decisions workshop and College market. Health and Sex, relationships education.

Year 9: Students learn to moderate their voice and body language when presenting their view to a group and when feeding back to individuals. They also understand the importance of motivation and respect to effective leadership. Students better understand the dangers associated with drugs and the importance of thriving relationships and how to maintain them. Students use appropriate language in all settings including online and in formal situations. They can identify organisational techniques that work for them and can apply organisation to their speech. They gain a clearer understanding of option choices for KS4 and making the correct choice. They also understand what British Values are and embrace them as well as have a better understanding of Brexit and the choices being made by Government. Students develop a sense of pride and confidence to help them overcome setbacks. They appreciate the attractiveness of both initiative and interpersonal skills to those around them and to future employers.

Year 10: Students embrace challenge as a means to improve and can effectively prioritise. Students also understand strategies to build independence and enhance performance. They understand what healthy relationships look like and make links between healthy minds and healthy bodies. They are exposed to the variety of careers available and understand the dangers of knife crime and how it can affect us all. Students can identify and act when others are at risk of harm, and can demonstrate compassion. Students are increasingly self-motivated and resilient, embracing feedback as a means of process. They understand the importance of healthy sleeping patterns. They also understand gender identity and consent and the implications associated. Students understand that both logic and empathy contribute to a strong personal performance as an individual and as a leader. Students can reflect and recharge, informing their decision-making and allowing them to sustain strong performance. They are also offered opportunities to experience the world of work.

Year 11: Students understand the importance of resilience and organisation to their studies, and how this can help them to maintain positive mental health. Students develop their critical thinking about the nuance of communication and how this will relate to their future. They also complete a suitable personal statement and start to plan for Post 16 life and understand how to be resilient. Students understand that the world is continually charged by who act on initiative and solve problems creatively. Students develop mental toughness allowing them to overcome setbacks and stay on track.  Road safety becomes critical as students begin to use more transport independently. Students become more aware of money matters and how to avoid types of fraud. Finally, the different ways that work for revision.

Year 12/13: Students are offered further understanding of skills for the future and debate about British values. They are also experiencing MADE revision workshops and opportunities to visit various universities and places of work through work experience programme and charity challenge.

These lessons are delivered by a combination of our staff and outside agencies that we closely work with to develop the best resources. Outside agencies are a really important element that enables us to offer the high quality lessons that all our students’ value.

‘PSHCE education is a strength. School information and discussions with pupils throughout the school shows that it is effective. Pupils feel well prepared for their futures in modern Britain. They are proud that their school is inclusive, promoting equality and tolerance.’  (Ofsted May 2018)