NRC Secondary – PSHE


Personal, Social and Health and Economic education (PSHE) at New River College

About the course 

Personal, Social and Health and Economic education (PSHE) is all about supporting young people to have happy, healthy personal lives, both now and at the future. All students at New River College have weekly PSHE lessons. 

PSHE education helps pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. From making responsible decisions about alcohol to succeeding in their first job, PSHE education helps pupils to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up. 

We work with external organisations such as Islington Drugs and Alcohol Specialist Service and Camden and Islington Young People’s Sexual Health Network to support curriculum provision and signpost local sources of help and advice. 

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We follow the National Curriculum and at Key Stage 4, pupils extend and rehearse the skills, further explore attitudes and values, and deepen knowledge and understanding acquired during Key Stage 3. PSHE education reflects the fact that learners are moving towards an independent role in adult life, taking on greater responsibility for themselves and others. 

All lessons are based on the following ground rules in order to ensure that pupils feel safe and comfortable to explore potentially sensitive topics in a classroom setting: 

  • We behave maturely; 
  • We don’t ask or answer personal questions; 
  • We are non-judgmental;
  • We challenge discrimination; 
  • We understand confidentiality and the school safeguarding procedures. 

What will students learn? 

Topics covered at KS4 include: 

  • Equality and Diversity – Challenging Homophobia 
  • Relationships and Sex Education 
  • Drugs Education 
  • Planning for my Future (Careers) 
  • Awareness of Criminal Exploitation and Knife Crime 
  • Emotional Health and Wellbeing 
  • Money Matters – Personal Finance 
  • Revision Skills 

The PSHE curriculum aims to balance the need to be proactive in addressing key issues around health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world, as well as providing space to be reactive to the needs and concerns of our cohort of young people. 

We recognise that there may be gaps in young people’s PSHE learning from previous schools and also that students join us at different points, so key topics, e.g. Relationships and Sex Education and Drugs Education, are revisited during the year. 

Additional Support 

Additional support is provided in conversation with Learning Assistants in lessons. Young people who are identified as needing additional support with PSHE topics in relation to their personal lives are referred to appropriate specialist organisations/ professionals – e.g. Islington Drugs and Alcohol Specialist Service and Camden and Islington Young People’s Sexual Health Network. 

Qualifications and Accreditation 

PSHE is not an accredited course but is a National Curriculum entitlement for all young people. 

Extra-curricular Opportunities and Trips 

PSHE learning is enriched with workshops from external organisations such as the Islington Integrated Gangs Team. We make the most of opportunities offered by the borough to take PSHE learning outside the classroom, e.g. theatre performances and drama workshops exploring PSHE issues. 

How will students be assessed 

Upon entry: baseline discussion. 

During term: written and verbal formative feedback from teacher with opportunities to develop work further. 

There is no summative assessment for PSHE.