In keeping with our core values of respect, responsibility, and resourcefulness we encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community.
The PSHCE education programme at City makes a significant contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, their behaviour and safety, and the school’s statutory responsibility to promote pupils’ wellbeing.
Personal, social, health, citizenship and economic education (PSHCEE) is a planned programme of learning through which our pupils acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives both now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHCE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals and as members of wider society.
PSHCE education is delivered formally by form tutors, the head of PSHCE education, the heads of year, the school counsellors and external speakers during a one-hour timetabled lesson on a Wednesday for years 7-11, and also through a 20-minute form time on a Thursday which is led by tutors and sixth-form prefects.
Relationships and sex education (RSE) is taught across the school curriculum through biology, religion, philosophy and ethics – and also PSCHEE. The aspects of the RSE programme delivered through the PSCHEE programme are the responsibility of the PSCHEE coordinator. Assessment of pupils’ progress and understanding is undertaken by members of staff and during pupil voice sessions as deemed appropriate. Self reflection and evaluation are a crucial part of the RSE programme. The programme is developed in consultation with parents.
Details of the PSCHEE programme, including RSE, are published annually in the KS3 and KS4 curriculum booklets which are provided within the parents’ handbook. Parents are provided with annual feedback on their child’s progress.
In addition, whole-school and year-group assemblies incorporate many of the overarching concepts of PSHCE education, and pupils are strongly encouraged to organise and deliver a number of these assemblies themselves.