Pastoral teachers and support staff teach weekly, timetabled PSHCE lessons to each class. The lessons are multi-sensory and interactive and are carefully levelled to enable each student to learn the information needed for their age group, but a level they can understand.
PSHCE incorporates the teaching and learning of friendships, personal safety, self esteem, anti-bullying, protective behaviours, the law, rights and responsibilities, care of the environment, careers, drugs, alcohol, smoking and relationships and sex education. Each topic is taught sensitively and with defined ground rules to ensure full participation and engagement.
The whole academy takes part in the national Anti-Bullying Alliance’s Anti-Bullying Week. Educational visits and visitors enhance our PSHCE curriculum.
Each half term the whole academy has a clearly displayed SEAL value which everyone aspires to. A person from each class who has particularly demonstrated that value is selected to receive a certificate of achievement in our Friday celebration assembly.
At Key Stage 3, pupils are taught five weekly lessons for Literacy skills and three lessons for English, focussing on improving the quality of the books that they read and their comprehension skills.
At Key Stage 4 and 5, pupils have at least 4 weekly English lessons. We see English as a fundamental skill to develop.