PSHE is personal, social, health and economic education and is an important and necessary part of all students’ education. It is a non-statutory subject and is flexible to meet the needs of students. A key aspect is to equip students with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.
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.
Examination Courses (including Examination Boards and Levels of Entry)
There are 2 aspects to the Key Stage 4 Curriculum. One is working towards an AQA level1/2 certificate in Preparation for Working Life. There are 9 compulsory sections of study personal awareness, healthy lifestyles for work life balance, relationships and the differences between people, the changing world of work, applying for jobs and courses, economic and financial aspects of life, employment opportunities, enterprise activities and hazard identification at home, on the roads and at work. Students also have to complete a letter of application for a job or course to accompany a CV, a CV and notes on interview preparation both general and specific.
In Key Stage 4 also students work towards an ASDAN PSHE short course and gain accreditation for their work. Students work towards gaining credits which can be 1, 3 or 6 and this equates to 10, 30 or 60 hours of study. They complete challenges and create an evidence portfolio recording their progress, achievements and writing a personal statement. At The Orchard Centre we usually claim certificates for the student credits but these can contribute to other programmes and qualifications such as ASDAN Personal Development programmes or ASDAN qualifications Level 1 and 2 Award and Certificate of Personal Effectiveness.
We are also introducing an AQA Personal and Social Education course for which students can gain a qualification varying from Entry 1 to level 2.