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Welcome to our PSHCE curriculum at Pencalenick School 

At Pencalenick we aim to provide our young people with opportunities to develop/ further develop a positive self-image, make choices/ decisions, keep themselves safe and develop their personal autonomy by successfully offering a tailored well - balanced and effective curriculum that promotes safety and aspiration for all. They are actively encouraged and supported to embrace change, build upon personal experiences and feel positive about who they are.


PSHCE education should not necessarily be planned in isolation as it is most effective in a ‘health promoting school’ culture where links are made with other relevant subjects to ensure consistency and continuity for pupils. These include, but are not limited to, science, computing (on-line safety), physical education and design and technology. We take into account existing DfE guidance on Relationships Education and Sex and Relationships Education, preventing and tackling any bullying, radicalisation, promoting safeguarding education and equality. From September 2020 the new statutory guidance for Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education makes this area of the curriculum for young people one of the most important areas of development. “Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way.” (DfE Guidance 2020). We welcome and take into account DfE guidance on Relationships Education and Sex and Relationships Education, preventing and tackling any bullying, radicalisation, promoting safeguarding education and equality and have interweaved these areas within our breadth of study.

Our school adopts a Trauma Informed Schools (TIS) approach, where a more personalised approach to self-awareness and learning is linked to and developed for pupils within the school, encompassing aspects of PSHCE/ RSE.  It is recognised that some areas of the curriculum will be taught on a 1:1 basis or in smaller groups that are more appropriate for the subject content.

Intent: At Pencalenick, we aim to develop essential skills and strategies to be happy, resilient, valued citizens to achieve a full, interesting and productive life at Pencalenick and beyond.

Our breadth/ depth of offer will enable pupils to develop/ further develop their key skills & conceptual understanding of PSHE/ Relationships including where appropriate Relationships, Sex Education (RSE) & Citizenship. Our overarching intent will encourage pupils to develop their skills to:

  • develop, form & maintain appropriate relationships
  • recognise relationships that are less healthy, including those that may be formed on-line
  • maintain good physical, mental & emotional health & wellbeing
  • develop ways of keeping physically healthy & emotionally safe & ways to maintain this
  • identify ways to seek help & support relating to their personal health & well-being which may include basic principles of first aid
  • understand the roles of others particularly health professionals
  • understand appropriate behaviour/ personal safety issues which relate to online safety 
  • become confident in their ability to establish positive & respectful relationships, developing greater personal autonomy & independence
  • identify/ manage risks including on-line safety (link to on-line safety policy/ offer)
  • prepare for/ manage changes to their body
  • develop important functional/ coping skills which can be used/ applied in wider settings
  • develop & maintain a variety of healthy, respectful relationships, within a range of social/ cultural contexts
  • develop the skills to understand important decisions in the relationships they make
  • respect equality & diversity in everyday life & within their personal relationships
  • respect equality & to be a productive member of a diverse community
  • learn about where money comes from, keeping it safe & the importance of managing it effectively
  • how to make informed choices & be enterprising & ambitious


    PSHCE at Pencalenick School is delivered through long term planning of sequential learning within the timetabled framework of PSHE at KS3 and through Life Skills at KS4. Guided by the 3 core themes (from the PSHCE association) being; Term 1: Relationships. Term 2: Living in the wider world and Term 3: Health and wellbeing. See separate planning for more in-depth detail.

    The PSHCE curriculum additionally weaves through the SPT behaviour/well-being policy and sensory integration policy which addresses our learners’ needs; this ensures we are able to secure our learners development in this area and in their skills in relation to behaviour and safety.

    All staff involved in the teaching of PSHCE which includes citizenship paying due regard to a pupils chronological age and their developmental stage (this is particularly relevant when teaching RSE and therefore guides our school offer). It therefore seeks to be flexible by being responsive to individual need, developmental need and learning style.

    The design & rationale of the curriculum informs the implementation of our offer at each key stage. Our Long-Term planning framework identifies a clear overview of the three core areas which are delivered at key stage 3 & 4 to ensure all learning remains sequenced & well-planned (pupils build upon their previously acquired skills). This structure provides the teaching staff with a clear focus upon the frequency of delivery. Class timetables will clearly outline the delivery of this subject area.

    Impact: is measured using the 3 core themes; Relationships, Living in the Wider World and Health and Well-being.

    Formative Assessment

    Assessment will be used to support the effective teaching of PSHE and Life Skills; assessment of learning will therefore be used to:

    Assist teachers in producing clear next steps for pupils (differentiation of personal learning targets within key skill areas) Use assessment outcomes to ensure pupils embed their knowledge of the core skills, using such skills fluently before moving pupils onto the next stage Use individual; Bronze, Silver, Gold differentiated learning outcomes for each lesson.

    Summative assessment

    Assessment streams for PSHE and Life Skills will use the B₂ assessment framework; teachers will:

    Update B-Squared pupil assessment at the end of each term leading to informed summative assessment determining pupil’s progress over time.

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