We teach PSHEe in a variety of ways to develop key skills: as a discrete subject, through social and emotional aspects of learning (SEAL), ASDAN lessons, via assemblies, specialist outside agency workshops and through other curriculum subjects.
All Key stage4/5 pupils follow ASDAN programmes, towards qualifications, which offer flexible ways to accredit personal and social education, citizenship, skills development and enrichment activities.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEe) and Citizenship are taught at Bank View High School from Year 7 to Sixth form and offer programmes which aim to promote healthy, independent and responsible members of society. Pupils are encouraged to play a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community through class and school councils, fundraising events, supporting nominated charities and involvement in outdoor and community activities. Age appropriate Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is taught as an integrated part of the PSHEe programme at all key stages.
Key Stage 3: Lower School
In year 7 8 and 9, pupils follow the PSHE Association recommended Programme of Study and scheme of work interspersed with current events, topical issues and celebrations i.e. Diversity week, Fair Trade Fortnight, Refugee Week, elections and charity fund raising events for the homeless and children in need . The overarching concepts of identity, relationships, healthy lifestyles and risk, diversity and equality, rights and responsibilities, resilience and change, power and careers are fostered at this stage in order to facilitate a smooth transition to key stage 4 where they are revisited and further developed through the programme.
Key Stage 4: Upper School
In KS4, pupils are introduced to ASDAN short courses. Within the PSHEe course they learn to embrace change, feel positive about whom they are and enjoy healthy, safe and responsible lives whilst developing as questioning, informed consumers who can manage their own money and finances effectively. This is achieved through challenges in personal and economic wellbeing, social, health and ethical skills.
RSE is taught through a planned programme of informative and experiential lessons, some of which are delivered on a seminar/workshop basis by outside agencies which specialise in sexual health information and education for young people. Workshops and discussions are also undertaken to support parents in this subject.
The Citizenship course is designed to equip young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in public life by encouraging them to participate actively in the life of their school, neighbourhoods, communities and wider society as an active citizen. Pupils complete a number of tasks selected from a variety of modules which are gained and certificated. All credits accrued from short courses may be transferred towards further qualifications.
Key Stage 5: Sixth Form
Sixth form students follow an ASDAN curriculum, based on working towards becoming independent in the six key skills of: Improving own Learning; Problem Solving; Research; Working with others; Discussion; Oral Presentation.
All of the activities and coursework, undertaken in sixth-form, counts towards nationally recognised ASDAN qualifications and certificates, including C.o.P.E. (Certificate of Personal Effectiveness); A.o.P.E. (Award of personal effectiveness); The Duke of Edinburgh Bronze/Silver Award and a wide variety of compulsory and optional, own choice, short courses including Peer teaching, Volunteering, Road Safety and Leadership skills. Each student also has the responsibility of maintaining and updating their own SHAPE file: Safety; Health; Achieving and Enjoying; Positive Contribution and Employability. This portfolio holds individual and independent evidence of work, undertaken and produced by each student in each of the five sections, which helps to prepare the young people for transition to further education or employment.
Similarly, in the Sixth Form, RSE is also taught through a planned programme of informative and experiential lessons, some of which are delivered on a seminar/workshop basis by outside agencies which specialise in sexual health information and education for young people. Workshops and discussions are also undertaken to support parents in this subject.
Further details of courses available through ASDAN can be found on their website: