PSHCE stands for Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic education.
The PSHCE education department teaches all of the students at Park View from Year 7 to Year 11 and the majority of teachers are involved, as tutors or as part of the discrete team.
Discrete: Years 7, 8 and 9 have one hour every week for PSHCE education, with a specialist PSHCE trained teacher. Years 10 and 11 have PSHCE once every two weeks, again with the specialist PSHCE team.
Tutorials: All students also have PSHCEe input into their tutorial times, usually twice a week, delivered by their tutors. Student Voice (Year and School Councils) and House Competitions are also part of the tutorial curriculum.
Skills and Content
Students develop skills in public speaking and debating; team work, leadership and building empathy. We also focus on the Park View Learner Skills. Topics covered include: Relationships, Empathy, Anti-Bullying strategies and Self-Esteem. Physical, Mental and Emotional Health including Drugs Education and Sexual Health. (The SRE and Drugs policies are available on the website). The students also cover aspects of the UK Political and Democratic systems, the Criminal Justice system and Human Rights. They are given time to plan their Career progression, College Applications and Work Experience. They also study Financial Capability and have extra-curricular Enterprise clubs on offer.
There are also selected ‘drop-down’ theme days in Careers, Enterprise, Internationalism and Politics/Democracy. These encompass whole school events such as ‘Parkstock’ International festival, an Enterprise Theme Day, a Careers Fair and a mock General Election.
We use specialist paraprofessionals to enhance PSHCE provision. We have access to a range of experts in various fields. Recently we have been running a project on Emotional Well-Being and Mental Health to establish student led peer-mentoring: ‘Time2Talk’ with deep:black, Youth on Youth film group and Dr Nick Barnes. This has enabled us to become the first secondary school in Haringey to attain the Healthy Schools Silver Award. We won the prestigious HSJ Award for Innovation in Mental Health in 2015.
We regularly bring in the Face Front Theatre group with ‘Whisper Me Happy’ (PSHE Year 8) and ‘SexFM’ (RSHE Year 9). We have also worked with Tender Domestic Violence education team, the Stop and Search paralegal group and The Riot Act Road Safety team. We have strong links to the Metropolitan Police and have regular contact with the Police Youth Panel and MPL education projects.
Whole school links
PSHCEe has strong links with BSafe (Anti-Bullying team), Careers, Internationalism, Sustainability and Enterprise coordinators and has assisted on a number of projects and awards.
The school has attained the International Schools Award as recognition of our excellent International work. We established a Comenius Regio Partnership with Polish Schools, NGOs and local government. We linked with the Citizenship Foundation, Haringey Council and Highgate Wood School to create Model United Nations project linking with schools in Poland Bedzin area council and the University of Silesia in Katowice.
Current ISA links are underway via Humanities with schools in Nepal, Ghana and Turkey.
We have entered students in the North London Model United Nations Conference since 2008, with many outstanding delegate awards. www.northlondonmun.co.uk
Financial capability is a key concept taught to all students. Activities focus around the concept of money, elements of identity theft and risk and consumer rights. There are activities on pay and taxes, as well as looking at the drawbacks of borrowing through compound interest.
Last year we entered students in the Tycoon in Schools national enterprise competition from the Peter Jones Foundation. Students learnt about what it takes to start a business, as well as keeping track of the financial aspect of it. Selected year 8 students took part in the Young Entrepreneur of the Year at Middlesex University, taking second prize in a very close contest and being highly commended. Last year a school newspaper was set up, which is something we intend to keep running each year.
AWARDS achieved with the support of PSHCE department:
· HSJ AWARD – INNOVATION IN MENTAL HEALTH
· HEALTHY SCHOOLS LONDON - SILVER AWARD
· INTERNATIONAL SCHOOLS AWARD
· ECO SCHOOLS AWARD
· SCHOOL TRAVEL AMBASSADORS
· SCHOOL TRAVEL PLAN BRONZE
· SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL AWARD
Peter Czajkowski, Pinar Comak, Charlene Wilkinson.
Whole school coordinators
Enterprise coordinator - Chis Hill
International coordinator - Mark Collins
Sustainability coordinator - Patrice Gordon
BSafe coordinator - Alexandra Brown