As children grow older it is important that they have an opportunity to develop an understanding of the key attributes and skills that are needed to keep safe and healthy in everyday life. The PSHCE curriculum at TFA is carefully designed with the sole intention of giving students a clear outline of how to manage their lives effectively both now and in the future. We aim to provide students with a clear focus on developing specific skills such as resilience, self- esteem, working as a team and managing risk.

The National Curriculum states that “all schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice’. PSHE education contributes to schools’ statutory duties outlined in the Education Act 2002 and the Academies Act 2010 to provide a balanced and broadly-based curriculum and is essential to Ofsted judgements in relation to personal development, behaviour, welfare and safeguarding. The relationships and health aspects of PSHE education will be compulsory in all schools from 2020.”

PHSCE, SMSC and MBV’s are at the forefront of the academy and are incorporated into the curriculum and academy life as soon as students start in year 7. PSHCE SMSC and MBV’s are effectively delivered in lessons, during form time and through the running of a series of collapsed timetabled days known as Empowerment Days. All methods of PSHCE delivery aim to provide our students with clear guidance and support, which allows them to fulfil their overall potential both inside and outside of school. It is imperative that we are supporting their wellbeing and tackling hard hitting issues including mental health and crime while preparing them for life outside of education.

Useful Links

PSHE Association
Government guidance around PSHE
St Giles Trust
Secondary PSHE Toolkit
Health Matters (Stephen Longfellow site)

Empowerment Days

Throughout each term, every year group will participate in a collapsed timetable day known as an Empowerment Day. Every individual Empowerment Day has a specific theme, Relationships, Health and Wellbeing and the Wider World. All year groups will take part in one Empowerment Day for each theme (3 per year) with the content specifically designed to build on the previous year’s knowledge.  Each day is tailored to the year group and then personalised for the individual class. The days will include a guest speaker/workshop to captivate the students’ interest and allow them to ask questions to someone who has first-hand knowledge on some delicate subjects. The students will then have lessons taken by their normal teachers, covering content around the theme of the dayAt the end of the day each year group will take part in an activity based workshop to pull together all the information they have gained throughout the day and produce something with an opportunity to win prizes. 

Empowerment Days cover important subjects and allow students to learn vital facts about life which would not normally be covered in day to day lessons. The Relationships day covers aspects such as confidence, healthy relationships, consent and harassment, the Health and Wellbeing day coveraspects surrounding mental health, coping strategies and addiction, while the Wider World day focuses on post 16 education, employment, budgeting and debt. These days also offer students a suitable time to ask any questions they may have and learn how to seek help for themselves should they need it. The aim of these days is to empower and to give the knowledge they need to leave school awell-equipped, well rounded memberof the community. 

Form Time PSHCE Provision 

Empowerment Days are supplemented with a thorough form time PSHCE education where students focus on a weekly PHSCE topic and are encouraged to take part in debates with one another. These are often based around current events that are happening in the news or local incidents that may be affecting students personally. Students will also cover high profile topics through several pre-planned Watermark Days which are designed with specific focus on events such as religious holidays and charity awareness weeks. The aim of this is ensure the students have a deeper understanding of what is happening in the world around them and how this affects both themselves and others. These tasks are undertaken by means of group discussion and debate, allowing the students to articulate and voice their opinions while listening to others. It provides a space for students to explore other cultures and recognise the importance of inclusiveness in society. 

Date Watermark Planner Day
10th September World Suicide Prevention Day
26th September European Day of Languages
1st October Black History Month
10th October World Mental Health Day
7th November Diwali
12th-16th November National Anti-Bullying Week
20th November World Day for the remembrance of Road Traffic Victims
26th November International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women
1st December World AIDS Day
3rd December International Day of Disabled Persons
23rd-27th January Cancertalk Week
27th January International Day of Commemoration in Memory of Victims of the Holocaust
1st February Start of LGBTQ Month
6th February International day of zero tolerance for FGM
8th March International Women’s Day
22nd March World Water Day
15th April National Autism Awareness Month
25th April World Malaria Day
8th May World Red Cross Day
3rd-7th June Volunteer’s Week
20th June World Refugee Day
11th July World Population Day