PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) deals with real life issues which affect young people, their families and other adults, including their teachers.
It enables students to make safe and informed choices, and plays a role in helping to tackle public health issues, such as substance misuse, and supporting young people with both financial and employability decisions that they will be required to make. Lessons are supported by visits from a range of specialist speakers who give presentations on topics such as health and personal hygiene, relationships, crime, drug and solvent abuse.
In Year 8 and 12 we are launching The PiXL Edge programme. It is a framework intended, over time, to develop and accredit the life skills and attributes that employers are telling us they need – leadership, organisation, initiative, resilience and communication. This will give students a qualification, which runs alongside their academic successes and recognises what they can do as well as what they know.
Students can qualify at three levels – PiXL Apprentice, PiXL Graduate and PiXL Master. In order to gain the qualification, students need to complete a range of activities from an approved list. The activities can be many and varied and can be undertaken in normal lessons, in extra-curricular clubs or outside of school.
Every Year 8 student will be entered at the Apprentice level. To gain the award they need to gain 2 credits for each attribute. For example Leadership; Take responsibility for teaching elements of work to others in the class (1 credit) or Lead a coaching session in PE. (1 credit). Every Year 12 will be entered at the Graduate level.
Progress on the scheme will be managed by students themselves using a specially designed on-line application, with tutors, RSLs and Miss Bailey (Greenshaw's PIXL Edge leader) providing an oversight and awarding credits towards achieving the qualification.
We believe that ‘The Edge’ provides a real opportunity for students at Greenshaw to benefit in the future as they apply to colleges, universities and for positions of employment.
PSHE lessons at Greenshaw aim to explore British values and prepare students for life in modern day Britain:
- Students develop an understanding of democracy and the rule of law, with particular focus on respect for the law and appreciating that law protects individual citizens and is essential for well being and safety. Students will critically discuss the advantages and disadvantages of democracy and understand democratic processes including an opportunity to take in mock elections and Sutton Youth Parliament.
- Students are encouraged to be respectful, having tolerance for other people and different cultural traditions. Students understand the importance of identifying and combating prejudice and discrimination.
- Through the Penn Resilience Programme and our commitment to Anti Bullying Week students are encouraged to reflect and accept responsibility for their behaviour and understand how they can contribute positively towards other people.
- Voluntary community work is encouraged with projects from the citizenship foundation; students are given the opportunity to take action on local and national issues they care about, as fundraisers, campaigners and volunteers.
Miss S Webb is Head of PSHE. Other members of the team are Mrs J Fice, Miss R Doherty, Miss Weatherhead, Miss Planas, Miss Adcock and Mr Higgins.