PSHE is Personal, Social, Health and Economic education.

Through PSHE and Life Skills lessons at Pencalenick pupils develop the knowledge, skills and qualities they need to form good relationships, keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work. 

In Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils follow a PSHE curriculum based on three core themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world. In Years 10 and 11 pupils follow a Life Skills curriculum, which continues with the themes of the PSHE curriculum whilst preparing pupils for life beyond Pencalenick at College, in work and for living independently.

Health and wellbeing includes learning on a healthy lifestyles, ways of keeping physically and emotionally safe, growing and changing, managing feelings, sexual relationships and mental health. Many of these topics have cross-curricular links with pupil’s learning in Science, PE and Food.

Relationships includes learning on communication, fairness, sharing ideas and opinions, differences, bullying, acceptable behaviour and partnerships, families and marriages. Many of these topics also have cross-curricular links with Drama and RE.

Living in the wider world includes learning on communities, rights, responsibilities, diversity and discrimination as well as money and finance. Using money has cross-curricular links with pupil’s learning in Maths, understanding finance links with learning in Enterprise and several topics link with RE and Humanities.

In further preparation for life beyond Pencalenick, pupils learn the skills they need to meet the demands of college, the work place and independent living. They learn how their rights and responsibilities change as they grow older as well as learning aspects of Careers education. As with Life Skills mentioned above there are strong links between this learning, pupil’s Work Experience and their transition from Year 11 to College.

At Pencalenick our PSHE and Life Skills curriculum aims to develop pupil’s independence, communication skills, emotional health, resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team-working and critical thinking. This is done using the context of different themes throughout the year, many of which are topical such as Remembrance, Fairtrade Fortnight, Anti-Bullying Week and Mental Health Awareness month.

The ability of our pupils to be as independent as possible, communicate effectively and stay emotionally healthy is key their success both during their time at Pencalenick and in life beyond school.

Pupils’ progress is assessed in PSHE and Life Skills through the school’s bespoke ICE assessment system. This assesses pupils Independence, Communication and Emotional development each term. The ICE assessment links with the whole school Thrive programme by using Thrive assessment to baseline pupils.

Currently in Year 10, a group of pupils are validating their learning in Life Skills as well as Maths, Computing, Drama, PE, Food, Enterprise and Work Experience through the ASDAN Personal Progress Entry Level 1 qualification. In addition, some pupils in Years 10 and 11 are part of a Vocational Pathway curriculum that aims to further prepare them for work by balancing an increase in the amount of time they spend on Work Experience placements with their functional skills learning in Maths and English and their Life Skills learning.

PSHE and Life Skills lessons are as tailored as possible to meet the individual needs of our pupils, with a focus on learning through working directly with others and sharing ideas and opinions using good communication. This often means that much of the work in lessons is done through discussion rather than writing.