At Benenden we follow the PSHE Association’s PSHE Programme of Study. It strongly meets the needs of today’s pupils and is regularly updated to meet these changing needs. It also covers 2020 statutory requirements to teach Relationships and Health Education
The programme of study includes three core themes:
Health and Wellbeing
Living in the Wider World
Our curriculum aims to give our pupils the knowledge to understand the choices they face as they grow up and the skills to make safe choices as they prepare to become adults. Pupils learn to recognise, name, express and manage a range of emotions. They learn about healthy lifestyles, personal safety, managing money, relationships and preparing for work. Healthy lifestyles includes being prepared for puberty, drugs education (especially smoking and alcohol) and sexual health. We learn about developing positive friendships and also explore bullying / controlling behaviour and what to do if they are being treated in a way they do not like.
Topics and lesson content are adapted to the needs of each group and school staff are adept at making sensitive issues accessible to pupils in a safe and supportive environment.
Finally, we strongly believe that consultation and partnership with parents is an essential part of educating children across the core themes. We therefore provide advice and information to our parents that have been created through a DfE, NAHT, NGA and ASCL.collaboration. We continue to offer an open door policy to all families who wish to discuss any queries and concerns they have.