The aim of PSHE at Meridian is for our students to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future within the world they live in.
PSHE at key stage 3 is taught as a discrete lesson every week. The PSHE programme takes a thematic approach to delivery and is informed by best practice guidance from the PSHE association.
At Key Stage 4 currently, PSHE including SRE is delivered through drop-down days with tutors and pastoral staff and further supported by our expert external agencies whilst.
From September, 2022 PSHE for key stage 4 will be delivered as a timetabled lesson for 1 hour a weekand will build on the knowledge, skills and understanding of the units students have explored in earlier years. For both the key stage 3 and 4 programme of study, materials that are presented are at the appropriate stages of our students’ development.
Our tutor time programme further supports a regularly weekly focus on PSHE related topics. We utilise the award-winning platform Votes for Schools which enables Meridian students to further develop their oracy skills and have a voice on the issues that affect them most. The weekly Tuesday debate topics explore SMSC, British Values and Prevent; students’ votes are collated and combined to a national vote; the results of which are shared with a number of organisations and relevant government departments. Futher information on Votes for Schools including the topics we have covered this academic year can be found on the Tutor Time section of this website.
Why does PSHE as a subject matter?
The learning we undertake across the five years seeks to further safeguard students, supporting their spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development and to help prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. We aim to make our materials as context-specific to the lives of our young people as possible and be responsive to their needs.
What does PSHE help young people to achieve?
We tailor the programme to further instil our core behaviour values of resilience, ambition and respect as students learn about themselves and others. We believe that the development of these core values develops the emotional intelligence of our students to utilise in the community and wider world around them.