Although PSME is a non-statutory subject, at William Farr we see it as an important and necessary part of all students’ education. We particularly value PSME since DfE research has found that children with higher levels of emotional, behavioural and social well-being, on average, have higher levels of academic achievement. Therefore PSME has a clear place on our curriculum.
We follow the PSHE Association Programme of Study (October 2014), but tailor our programme to reflect the needs of our students and use PSME to equip them both with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills to make safe and informed choices.
The PSHE Association Programme of Study covers three core themes:
- Core Theme 1: Health and Wellbeing
- Core Theme 2: Relationships; and
- Core Theme 3: Living in the Wider World: Economic Wellbeing, Careers and the World of Work
Our PSME programme aims to fulfil our school’s responsibility to support students’ spiritual, moral and cultural development, as well as their mental and physical development, whilst preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences they will encounter in life.
In addition, the aims of our programme are to provide students with:
- accurate and relevant knowledge;
- opportunities for them to turn their knowledge into personal understanding;
- opportunities to explore, clarify and, if necessary, challenge their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities; and
- the skills, language and strategies that they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives.
The PSME Programme at William Farr makes a significant contribution towards students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development, their behaviour and safety, as well as the school’s statutory responsibility to promote their wellbeing. PSME is also essential in safeguarding students in all aspects of their lives including preventing them from being drawn into extremism and radicalisation.