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 (January 2017), 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
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 (SMSC), 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. The PSME programme also covers Citizenship.
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is delivered as part of the PSME programme. RSE is compulsory from 2020. Further details can be found in the RSE Policy, details of which can be requested from school.
Education: This education develops the knowledge, skills and understanding that students need to play a full part in society as active and responsible citizens. Students will learn about politics, parliament, voting, human rights, justice, the law and British values. These will include democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance.
For further information on what your child will be covering in PSME please refer to the different year group areas on this website; links are available on the left hand side of this page.