PSHE and Citizenship

At Bottisham Village College, we believe that the personal development of students –

spiritually, morally, socially and culturally play a crucial role in their ability to learn, to achieve and to thrive. 
At Bottisham Village College, we follow the Cambridgeshire Personal Development Framework, in our teaching of PSHE and Citizenship, which are made up for four main strands.

Myself and My Relationships
• Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing
• Healthy Relationships (including anti-bullying)
• Managing Change

Healthy and Safer Lifestyles
• Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
• Healthy Lifestyles
• Drug and Alcohol Education
• Safety and Risk

Economic Wellbeing
• Careers and Employability
• Financial Capability

• Rights and Responsibilities
• Society and Democracy
• Identity, Diversity and Community

How Learning is Organised
Our PSHE and Citizenship curriculum is overseen by the PSHE co-ordinator and the off-timetable days take place every half-term. The days are led by the Head of Learning and the year teams, as well as external providers and relevant outside agencies, who support and enhance the delivery of the curriculum. 

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
From September 2020, it will become statutory for all secondary schools to deliver Relationships and Sex Education. In preparation for this, Heads of Learning and Pastoral staff have been receiving updated training for this aspect of the curriculum. To further support parents and carers in understanding the topics covered, please see the leaflet here

Our resources are continually reviewed and updated. There is an extensive range of resources designed specifically to support the teaching and learning of personal development. We work closely with the PSHE service who support our PSHE programme.

In addition, our curriculum is tailored to the needs of our students by making use data from the Health Related Behaviour Survey. The survey takes place every two years and is taken by students in Years 8 and 10 across Cambridgeshire. The most recent survey took place in July 2018. The findings of the survey allows the school to measure the impact of PSHE provision as well as forming a school action plan for in areas that students feel they need further development.

A look at our school calendar will indicate the extent and scope of opportunities available to our students, which enhance and support their personal development.  These happen both within the school day and beyond it and they include: extended form time, regular themed assemblies, cultural, drama and music events, workshops and presentations, a highly developed Extended Schools programme and a wide and varied activities week programme in July which is open to all our students.

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