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Our PSHE programme is an essential part of our curriculum it is designed around the needs of our children to ensure that as they journey through the College they develop the essential knowledge and skills to keep themselves safe, develop a broad understanding of the world around them and are ambitious for their futures.

This PSHE programme has been designed taking into account both the Statutory Guidance from the DFE from 2015 on the “Role of PSHE and SMSC in S5 Inspections” and the recognised Gatsby 8 benchmarks for a “Good Careers provision”

2015 (DfE)

Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is a planned programme of school-based learning opportunities and experiences that deal with the real life issues children and young people face as they grow up. It comprises three strands:

•Health and Well-Being
•Living in the Wider World

We aim to map inclusion of the issues raised across our curriculum as a whole and include the required elements of Social, Moral, Spiritual and cultural (SMSC) education. Examples include Physical Education sessions where pupils will learn about healthy lifestyles; in Science pupils are taught about the importance of safety; in Religious Education pupils are taught about other religions and cultures; in Design Technology pupils are taught about diet.

This will begin with form time. During this session of each day we will seek to set the tone for the school ethos and to drip feed the core social values we want students at The Marvell College to have. For example, tolerance of others, respect for each other, a spirit of kindness and an appreciation of the needs and feelings of everyone in our community.

Pastoral time, including assemblies and whole school charity work will help to maintain a focus on both national and local agendas. For example our charity work for the academic year supports local charity need.

2105-2016 Freddie’s Friends.

2016-2017 Emmaus

2017-2018 Special Stars

We work closely with and broker support from the following outside agencies who are well positioned to offer the most up to date and relevant information regarding a range of issues related to PSHE and citizenship. The police, the local authority, Mental Health Charities, Sexual Well-Being charities, Job Centre Plus

We also explore key topics in more depth during collapsed timetable days each half term where students return to their form groups for session lasting for two periods. The proposed programme of study is detailed across but is subject to change according to emerging issues locally and nationally.


This core theme focuses on:

1how to manage transition

2. how to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing;

3. how to make informed choices about health and wellbeing matters including drugs, alcohol and tobacco; maintaining a balanced diet; physical activity; mental and emotional health and wellbeing; and sexual health*

4. about parenthood and the consequences of teenage pregnancy*

5. how to assess and manage risks to health; and to keep themselves and others safe

6. how to identify and access help, advice and support

7. how to respond in an emergency, including administering first aid

8. the role and influence of the media on lifestyle


This core theme focuses on:

1. how to develop and maintain a variety of healthy relationships within a range of social/cultural contexts and to develop parenting skills

2. how to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships

3. how to deal with risky or negative relationships including all forms of bullying (including the distinct challenges posed by online bullying) and abuse, sexual and

other violence and online encounters

4. about the concept of consent in a variety of contexts (including in sexual relationships)

5. about managing loss including bereavement, separation and divorce

6. to respect equality and be a productive member of a diverse community

7. how to identify and access appropriate advice and support


This core theme focuses on:

1. about rights and responsibilities as members of diverse communities, as active citizens and participants in the local and national economy

2. how to make informed choices and be enterprising and ambitious

3. how to develop employability, team working and leadership skills and develop flexibility and resilience

4. about the economic and business environment

5. how personal financial choices can affect oneself and others and about rights and responsibilities as consumers

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