As a part of your child’s educational experience at Stokesley school, we aim to promote personal wellbeing and development through a taught programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education that gives our young people the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive and fulfilled lives, both now and in the future.
From September 2020 the Department for Education is making Relationships Sex Education and Health Education compulsory in all schools.
What does the new guidance mean?
The new guidance focuses on healthy relationships and keeping children safe in the modern world. It also covers a wide range of topics relating to physical and mental health, wellbeing, safeguarding and healthy relationships. Learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, it will give young people the information, skills and positive values to have safe, fulfilling relationships and will help them take responsibility for their own well-being. All of the sessions will be age-appropriate and meet the needs of all students in the class.
How will this be delivered?
This guidance will form part of our school’s PSHE education programme - the LIFE curriculum - which is taught in every year group and is monitored and reviewed regularly. LIFE lessons will happen in tutor time once a week: years 7, 8 and 9 will have LIFE lessons on a Tuesday; years 10 and 11 on a Friday; and Years 12 and 13 on a Monday.
LIFE lessons will be delivered by tutors, and all teaching will take place in a safe learning environment and be underpinned by our school ethos and values. A variety of opportunities will be provided for pupils to ask questions to further their understanding and to find out more about what affects them personally.
What will the lessons be like?
LIFE lessons will be 20 minutes long. They will be resource free, and will have a focus on oracy and promoting talk and discussion between students. Like other lessons in school, LIFE lessons will begin with a Brain in Gear and Key Learning Question, and students will then be supported in discussing the topic using a range of picture and video prompts. At the end of each lesson, students will be encouraged to think about what they will personally take away from the session, and at the end of each half term, students will be given the opportunity to review and evaluate both their learning and the curriculum itself.
How does the curriculum extend beyond these tutor time sessions?
It is our belief that a PSHE curriculum should be reactive, and should acknowledge current affairs in school, local, national and international communities. On top of the weekly LIFE lessons, we will be producing a weekly LIFE bulletin which will be shared with both students and yourselves as parent/carers. This bulletin will contain up-to-date information and links on a range of topics: careers, the news, local, national and international events, health and well-being, reading and much more. It will also contain a half-termly LIFE challenge which students will be able to opt into should they so wish. Students will be encouraged to access this bulletin during equipment checks in tutor time, and it will be emailed home to you on a Monday morning so that - should you wish - you are also able to see what opportunities and information are available to your child.
How can you help your child?
The LIFE curriculum will be most effective if it’s something that isn’t just talked about in school. It’s a great opportunity for us to work together as a network supporting our young people to be the very best that they can be, and so any conversations that help them to link what they have covered in school with their ‘real’ lives will only enhance their experience.
The links below will provide some additional information on some key topics, should you need it. If you need any further support, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Fox (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information or guidance.