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Wider Curriculum (PSHE)

The Pastoral Curriculum

We recognise that a well-rounded education goes beyond curricular subjects and we have a strong vision for our wider, pastoral curriculum and educational experiences outside the classroom.

Wider Curricular Vision 2021- for website

The PSHE Curriculum

This is an essential part of our wider curriculum. Our model PSHE curriculum uses the Cambridgeshire PSHE Framework as a basis. This framework enables students to make progress over time in relation to several key concepts. We return to these concepts across Key Stage 3 and 4, returning to them over time from increasingly complex age-appropriate perspective.

Key aspects of the PSHE curriculum include:

Managing Risk

Managing Change

Healthy Lifestyles

Healthy Relationships (including RSE)

Citizenship

Economic Wellbeing

We deliver PSHE through a series of Conference Days where the timetable is collapsed and students engage in a range of activities focused on the PSHE curriculum. This allows us to use time more flexibly and invite external, visiting speakers to share their expertise with our students. We supplement these Conference Days with weekly PSHE session in tutor time and PSHE themes are a regular feature of our assembly programme.

From September 2021 we have strengthened our PSHE curriculum by allocating timetabled, fortnightly PSHE lessons at Key Stage 3 in Years 7 and 9.

Implementing the Statutory Relationships and Sex Education Framework September 2021

We have ensured that our PSHE curriculum is in line with the statutory RSE Framework. How this is put into practice is outlined in our RSE Policy.
We work within the Cambridgeshire PSHE Framework, which frames the curriculum in this area around a series of age-appropriate questions. A booklet that we shared with parents at Easter 2021 outlining the county-wide approach to meeting the statutory requirements of the RSE curriculum using this framework can be accessed here.

Responding to the ofsted report into sexual abuse and harassment

Below is a summary of our response to the Ofsted review into sexual harassment in schools. This summary follows on from the letter we wrote to you in June 2021 which can be accessed here. The case for schools taking action in this area is strong. Nine in ten of the girls ofsted spoke to told them that sexist behaviour was happening in their school community. Ofsted’s message to schools was clear: that schools should, “act on the assumption that sexual harassment is affecting their pupils”. If you would like to read the review and recommendations yourself, then you can find the report here. The definition of sexual harassment used in the Department for Education “Keeping Children Safe in Education” (2021) includes behaviours such as “sexual comments, remarks, jokes and online sexual harassment, which may be standalone or part of a broader pattern of abuse. “

In September we carried out compulsory staff training raising awareness of the issues raised by this Ofsted report and have adapted our curriculum to raise awareness of these issues with students in an age-appropriate way. We are working with the PSHE Service at the Local Authority to develop an approach to finding out about how aware students are of what sexual harassment is and its prevalence in our school community. As a result, all students from Year 8-11 will have the opportunity to complete a very brief, anonymous and voluntary online survey. Our survey reflects best practice in this area. We will share its main outcomes with parents and the results will be used to further develop the curriculum and continue to strive towards a create a culture where all children feel safe and respected, and where there is no place for sexist behaviour from November 2021. We have piloted our survey with some of Year 9 and Year 11 before rolling it out to the whole school.

Our curriculum has already been adapted to incorporate the issues raised by the report. A sample of how we have adapted our curriculum for a half term in the Autumn Term for Year 9 and Year 10.

We would also encourage you to talk to your child about this issue. Ofsted found that sexist behaviour is so normalised in our children’s culture that most of them simply accept it, and don’t feel it is worth reporting. We all have a part to play in challenging this culture. A conversation with their parents may help your child feel more confident discussing their feelings about the issues surrounding sexism and sexual harassment.