Our Personal, Social, Citizenship and Health Education (PSCHE) is an integral part of the curriculum and is actively promoted to prepare students for the constantly changing pressures faced within a modern society. Our curriculum enables our students to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way. For example, promoting social inclusion and reducing health inequalities, with particular concerns about children and young people’s mental health, alcohol and substance abuse, rates of teenage pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections, LGBTQ, bullying in schools and developing a thirst for learning.
The PSCHE programme addresses a number of areas throughout the students’ time in the Academy to allow them to be successful in life. The programme aims to bring together the development of the whole person, developing confidence and resilience, and ultimately success, in young people.
Aspects of Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education (SMSC) are being developed through all parts of the curriculum and infused within the day to day operation of the academy e.g. in its behaviours and ethos. Some subjects and activities are adjusted where more relevant to certain students and so are age and ability appropriate. These enhance the development of each student’s knowledge, skills and experiences.
Fundamental Principles of Bristish Values are promoted which encourage students to respect democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and have a mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
Some of the topics are taught across a number of years like Careers so that students have the opportunity to visit post-16 providers, employers and a University and look at all of the choices available to them before making decisions in later years.