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Lead Teacher : Miss Natalie Shinkwin

Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE) is a key part of our curriculum offer in St Mary’s College. Sitting squarely within the wider context of our Roman Catholic Christian ethos, it affords a vital opportunity to draw together key strands from across the Curriculum & to introduce some themes that are not explicitly covered within the curriculum with the aim of supporting our young people to become positive members of society and to contribute to building God’s Kingdom.

In partnership with HeadStart, the College is committed to supporting all our young people in taking great care of their mental health and emotional wellbeing. To this end we have adopted the ‘Jigsaw’ PSHE programme as a key vehicle to ensure that all our young people have access to opportunities to reflect upon the challenges that face our young people as they grow and develop in modern Britain and indeed in our local context, enabling them to develop strategies to help them to manage change and to understand and deal with the inevitable range of challenges that will come their way.

The PSHE curriculum supports key transitions such as choosing Options for Key Stage 4 and the range of choices available for Post-16 learning. Our Relationships and Sex Education programme, whilst delivered across the curriculum, notably in RE and Science, retains an important place within PSHE, especially in examining what constitutes healthy relationships and the importance of a positive self-esteem and assertiveness in enabling people to handle ‘peer pressure’.

PSHE is currently delivered via a ‘drop down’ model. This involves two hour slots being created at regular periods throughout the academic year to enable quality time to be committed to a series of important issues. It is delivered through a combination of Pastoral teams, whereby the staff who know our young people best are the most appropriately placed to help deal with sometimes sensitive issues, and external experts who ensure that information advice and guidance is up to date and fit for purpose.