My Independence

Mr Andy Wadsworth

Head of My Independence Faculty

The My Independence faculty forms a key part of the rich and diverse curriculum our pupils experience at Pencalenick.

 The areas of learning that make up the faculty are: Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE); Sex and Relationship Education (SRE); Citizenship; Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development (SMSC); Religious Education (RE); Forest School; Enterprise; Life Skills; Work Experience and Food.

 The aim of the My Independence faculty is to help pupils develop into happy, resilient and functional citizens, with the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their potential in life at and beyond Pencalenick.

 In each area of the faculty, learning is both skills and knowledge focused. This learning has strong curriculum links with learning in other areas of school and directly supports pupils in their transition to Pencalenick from previous schools and from Pencalenick onto college.

The skills focused learning develops core skills and attributes such as independence, communication, emotional health, resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, teamworking and critical thinking.

The knowledge focused learning develops pupil’s understanding of: their own identity and how to maintain boundaries and personal privacy; rights, responsibilities and consent; diversity and the importance of tolerance and equality; the use and abuse of power; government and democracy; how to stay safe and healthy; recognising healthy relationships and their importance; accepting and managing change; taking responsibility for their future; living independently by cooking, preparing and shopping for food, managing and using money and keeping physically and mentally well.

The learning pupils experience in the My Independence faculty helps them form good relationships, keep themselves healthy and safe, understand wider communities and take responsibility for themselves. Which means they are able to successfully meet the demands each day brings at school and will bring in life beyond Pencalenick at college, in work and when living independently.


Andy Wadsworth

Head of Faculty