PSHE & RSE
PSHE education at Salesian College is an important aspect of our Pastoral Care System. Through a structured programme of relevant topics every pupil is encouraged to develop an awareness of their role in society, now and in the future. These topics reflect the ethos of the College and the values we hope to develop in our Christian community. The students need to understand and respect each others’ strengths and weaknesses and at the same time develop their own potential – intellectually, physically, socially, emotionally, creatively and spiritually.
St John Bosco, founder of the Salesian Order, defined “education as a matter of the heart.” This ideal lies naturally in our PSHE programme which emphasises mutual respect for all. Teaching will take into account the age, ability, readiness, faith and cultural backgrounds of all students to ensure that all can fully access PSHE education provision.
Students have dedicated PSHE lessons at Salesian College for a minimum of half an hour a week, during form times. However, PSHE is a cross-curricula subject and students also study key elements of PSHE in other subjects, for example RE, Biology and Computing. Students also benefit from learning about PSHE through talks from experts who are invited into the College, in weekly assemblies and through extra-curricular activities.
PSHE at Salesian College is broadly separated into 6 key areas – mental health and wellbeing, healthy and unhealthy relationships, citizenship (including aspirations and finance), personal safety and risk management, physical and sexual health and diversity and prejudice.
The students will follow a ‘spiral’ curriculum; any topic the students study in year 7 will be visited multiple times during their time at Salesian College, each time developing and deepening their knowledge and understanding in this particular area. In the upper years, students are taught the different topics on a termly rotation, allowing expert delivery of content by subject specialists. The curriculum outline below briefly summarises what is covered in each topic.
As a Salesian School, we all follow St John Bosco’s mission within this community to make a Home, School, Playground and Church, so that all our students might live life to the full. The Church teaches us that the delivery of PSHE and RSE is very much a partnership with parents, in which parents are the ‘first educators’ of their children on these matters.
We therefore invite you to view the attached presentation, which outlines our considered approach to the development the PSHE programme at Salesian College and signposts some resources which parents can use to deliver RSE and PSHE at home. Links to the resources can also be found at the bottom of this page.
If you would like any additional help or support in delivering the key elements of PSHE to your children at home, please email Miss Kent (firstname.lastname@example.org) who would be happy to support you in this.
Mental Health and Wellbeing: https://youngminds.org.uk/find-help/for-parents/
Citizenship (including aspirations and finance): https://barclayslifeskills.com/families/
Personal Safety and Risk Management: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/
Physical and Sexual Health: https://amaze.org/parents/
Diversity and Prejudice: https://www.tolerance.org/sites/default/files/general/beyond_golden_rule.pdf