PSHCE at Wykham Park Academy is very important to us. We carefully plan the programme to development 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-school approach, PSHCE 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)
PSHCE 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.
PSHCE is delivered through a weekly mentor programme and 4 drop down days dedicated to the PSHCE curriculum.
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. Space school experience. Decisions workshop and College market. Health and Sex, relationships education.
Year 9: Mini AEP introduction to Space Studio Banbury. Drugs Education, substances and relationships. British values and study support. Employability, visit to Microsoft.
Year 10: Oxford Brookes University Reading University Career opportunities in Banbury area. Human library / taster jobs. Work experience opportunity. Health and Sex education. British Values.
Year 11: Skills for the future. Made revision and British Values. Employability, introduction into 6th Form, NCS Summer opportunities.
Year 12/13: Skills for the future. British Values and Made revision. University Visit. Human library, taster employment.
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)