Aims & Objectives

The PSHCE department’s aims are to create:

  • Successful learners who enjoy learning make progress and achieve
  • Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society

This is done through the teaching of PSHEC (PSHE and Citizenship), which is delivered by form tutors and through a range of other activities which are planned and organised by the Head of PSHCE.

In Key Stage 3, PSHE and Citizenship are taught in conjunction with each other in timetabled lessons called ‘PSHCE’. Students have 2 lessons a fortnight and, in the majority of cases, lessons are delivered by form tutors. Lesson plans and resources are designed and developed by the Head of PSHCE.

Citizenship is a statutory subject for all of KS3 and KS4 students and the curriculum is designed to cover the statutory content as indicated in the National Curriculum. PSHE is a non-statutory subject but at Hurworth we recognize the invaluable contribution that the content and skills covered make to the development of our students. As such, we cover the guidance set out in the non-statutory frameworks provided by the PSHE Association and we have signed the ‘Good PSHE’ Charter designed by the Association as part of our commitment to delivering quality PSHE.

The school was proud to be selected as one of 10 case study schools in 2015 looking at how the delivery of PSHE can contribute to an overall ‘outstanding’ OFSTED grade. The report published by the Association can be found here.

In Key Stage 4, students follow an innovative new course called ‘SMSC’. This course aims to develop a spiritual, moral, social and cultural understanding of the world. The course covers the curriculum content for PSHE and Citizenship and as well as our offer of Religious Studies. It is delivered by the RS department (of which the Head of PSHCE is a member) and in most cases it is delivered by the Head of PSHCE.