PSHE and Citizenship
Citizenship and PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economics) are taught across all three Key Stages at Spa School.
PSHE is broadly split into three strands:
- Health and Wellbeing
- Living in the Wider World
Each strand is addressed at least once a year in every class. British Values and Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural development underpin the entire PSHE curriculum.
In Key Stage 3, students focus on the concepts of friendships, emotional literacy, teamwork, safety in the home and basic road safety, spending money, stranger danger and personal care. These themes are then developed throughout the students’ experience at Spa and are returned to and reinforced as required.
In Key Stage 4, students are also taught about road safety, personal responsibility as a teenager, their role in the wider community, spending and earning, their responsibility towards the environment and healthy lifestyles as well as being a safe citizen in the virtual world and learning about government.
In Key Stage 5, the themes of being a good citizen, rights and responsibilities, voting, money management and budgeting, keeping safe online and working as part of a group are also explored in more depth.
Lots of the teaching in PSHE happens outside of the classroom. For road safety, students use the road markings in the playground and then trips into the local community to practice their skills. When learning about stranger danger and who can help, students visit local community amenities and practice asking for help in a controlled environment. When learning about money, students will buy things from local shops and visit banks to find out about accounts and services.
We have close links with a range of community services including Southwark Community Police Officers, British Transport Police, Southwark Travel Training services and Southwark recycling services.
All students have the opportunity to earn nationally recognized accreditation in PSHE. In Key Stage 4 students have 3 ASDAN weeks a year where they work towards the Transition Challenge ASDAN award.
In Key Stage 5, students either follow the Personal Progress Program from ASDAN or are entered for Entry qualifications through the Welsh exam board (WJEC). Students are also able to complete units towards the ASDAN Bronze, Silver, Gold award.
Students also have lessons which focus on relationship and sex education (RSE). Families are informed in advance of these units being taught and invited to a parent session exploring themes and resources that will be used. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from these sessions and are given the opportunity to do so before the work begins. Topics in RSE are taught across all three Key Stages and include work around public and private, body changes due to puberty, keeping safe, appropriate and inappropriate touch, consent and emotional changes due to puberty including developing sexual feelings.
Relationships and Sex education is delivered both by the class teacher and alongside the group Image in Action, a specialist group working with students with autism on issues around relationships, sex, puberty and public and private.