PSCHE at Churchill Community College – 2020 – 2021
The Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSCHE) programme at Churchill Community College has been developed to enable students to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain.
It is a whole college approach which contributes to the students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development as well as promoting their behaviour, safety and wellbeing in the community and school.
The aims of our PSCHE programme at Churchill Community College are that our students have:-
- Accurate and relevant knowledge of key themes and able to lead happy, safe fulfilling lives
- Opportunities to turn that knowledge into personal understanding
- Opportunities to explore, clarify and if necessary challenge, their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities.
- The skills, language and strategies they need to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives.
This is underpinned by core themes of:-
- Health and Well-being
- Living in the Wider World
Our Careers Education Information and Guidance (CEIAG) Programme and Edge Award (LORIC) also contribute to the personal development of our young people.
PSCHE Model at Churchill
Our PSCHE curriculum is delivered through four drop down days across the academic year, Tutor Time and aspects are also covered during curriculum time in relevant subjects. During our Challenge and Activities Day in the summer term students have the opportunity to participate in a range of experiences, develop and demonstrate their skills in leadership, teamwork, communication, problem-solving, building relationships, raising aspirations and experience local culture.
At Churchill Community College we uphold and teach pupils about Churchill Values which are defined as:-
- Rule of law
- Individual liberty
- Mutual respect
- Tolerance of different faiths and beliefs
These values are taught explicitly through Personal, Social, Health and Emotional (PSHCE), Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Education (SMSC), Religious Education (RE) and Ethics.
We also teach British Values through planning and delivering a broad and balanced curriculum.
The college takes opportunities to actively promote British Values through our daily assemblies/collective acts of worship and whole school systems. We also actively promote British values by ensuring that our curriculum planning and delivery includes opportunities for exploring these values. Actively promoting British Values also means challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values, including ‘extremist’ views.
Democracy is valued at Churchill. Students have the opportunity to have their voices heard through our student voice activities both within the school and outside, e.g. at local council events where they have the chance to give their opinions to impact on provision for all young people in North Tyneside.
Students have the chance to be part of our Student Council, Fundraising Society, Planning Committee and to be a College Ambassador. Churchill students apply to be the Young Mayor of North Tyneside or for places on the NT Youth Council, and are supported by the College to gain such positions. All Churchill students are given the opportunity to vote for the Young Mayor in tutor time, so they have the experience of making decisions and voting for who they believe to be the strongest candidate with policies they believe in. We also actively support debate and have an Up for Debate Club.
The Rule of Law
The importance of laws and rules, whether they are those that govern lessons, the school or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days. Our system for behaviour management is known by all of our college community and is build on being ready to learn, safe and respectful. There is a system of positive SIMS points to reward students for their excellent work inside and outside of lessons. Students are taught the reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police, Fire Service, etc. are regular parts of our calendar and help reinforce this message.
Students are actively encouraged to make choices at Churchill, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. We provide boundaries for our students to make choices safely, through the provision of a safe environment and planned curriculum. Students are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and are advised how to exercise these safely, through work in assemblies, tutor time and PSHCE lessons.
Topics covered include e-safety, substance misuse and extremism. Students are given the freedom to make choices, e.g. signing up for extra-curricular clubs, choose the level of challenge in some lessons/ homework and are becoming increasingly more involved in independent learning and leadership e.g. Sports Leaders in PE, Transition Buddies, Digital Leaders around iPads and digitial technology, leading assemblies, leading activities for primary pupils and enterprise activities to raise money for charity and both Ambassadors for Mental Health and The Edge Programme.
Our college ethos and behaviour policy are based around core Christian values such as ‘respect’ and ‘responsibility’ and these values determine how we behave as a community at Churchill Community College.
Assemblies themes are structured to outline to everyone how we expect them to go about their life at our school e.g. Equality and Diversity theme. Students and staff are challenged if they are disrespectful in any way. Opportunities are included for students to explore a range of faiths, groups and we include themes from the ‘Them and Us’ Programme.
Tolerance of Those of Different Faiths and Beliefs
This is achieved through developing students’ understanding of their place in a culturally diverse modern Britain, though they live in an area which is largely white British. Students learn about different cultures and religions through the RE curriculum, through the assembly programme and through PSHCE lessons. Aspects are also covered in other areas of the curriculum and staff take opportunities that arise to discuss issues with students in order that they are well-informed citizens.
Attached is a summary of key themes covered in PSCHE for each year group. Where possible we have included a web link for further information.
Students will also have the opportunity to hear from visiting speakers. Please note that sessions are subject to change.