Aims of the Curriculum
At key stage 3 the curriculum aims for students to build on the knowledge and understanding, skills, attributes, and values they have acquired and developed during primary school.
The PSHRE curriculum (including statutory RSE) at Harris Academy acknowledges and addresses the changes that young people experience, beginning with transition to secondary school, the challenges of adolescence and their increasing independence. It teaches the knowledge and skills which will equip them for the opportunities and challenges of life.
Students learn to manage diverse relationships, their online lives, and the increasing influence of peers and the media. The curriculum is taught in a spiral approach so that students build on their learning year on year.
The core themes are:
Core Theme 1: Rights, Responsibilities, and British Values
Core Theme 2: Celebrating Diversity and Equality
Core Theme 3: Relationships and Sex Education
Core Theme 4: Staying Safe Online and Offline
Core Theme 5: Health and Wellbeing
Core Theme 6: Careers and Life beyond School
At key stage 4, students deepen their knowledge and understanding, extend and rehearse skills, and further explore attitudes, values and attributes acquired during key stage 3.
How PSHRE is taught?
In KS3 PSHE is taught in a discrete lesson, with each year group having one lesson of PSHRE per week, taught by a PSHRE teacher. The tutorial Programme also complements PSHRE, through the delivery of character education and delivering key aspects of SMSC and protected characteristics. We also deliver workshops and assemblies to further deepen and embed our young people’s knowledge and understanding.
At KS4 and KS5 PSHRE it is taught through Drop Down Sessions, tutor time, a careers programme, workshops, and assemblies.
The PSHRE curriculum underpins the DfE’s requirement to promote British Values. At Harris Academy St Johns Wood, we recognise the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the UK. We also understand the vital role we have in ensuring individuals are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to influence them unduly, or illegally. At Harris Academy we educate students to and follow equal opportunities guidance to guarantee there will be no discrimination against an individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status.
The five key British Values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect, and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs are underpinned by the school values which are throughout all elements of the curriculum but none more so than through assemblies and PSHRE where we, through the ‘Careers and Life beyond school’ strand prepare students for life beyond the formal, examined curriculum ensuring that we promote and reinforce British Values to all of our students.