At the heart of our programme is equipping our students with the necessary skills for them to become rounded, resilient, driven individuals. Our unique character education programme provides: tools, application exercises, scenarios, reflection and planning time to develop each of our students.
Personal, Social, Health and Emotional Education
- We see it as a fundamental duty to care for the health and wellbeing of every student. This includes focused personal, social, health and emotional education. School catering has adopted and provides a healthy eating programme, including being fully compliant with the school nutrient and food-based standards. Physical activity, emotional health and well-being, including anti-bullying is a significant focus across the school. Lessons include personal safety, community, healthy eating and lifestyles, drugs and smoking education, stress management and self-management.
Relationship and Sex Education
The vital areas of moral and social development, HIV/AIDS and mutual respect and responsibility are taught in year group classes on ELDs. Sub-topics include: puberty, sex, contraception, emotions, hormones, consent, self-image, relationships, peer pressure, STIs, sexting, body image and further related topics. Topics are delivered as appropriate for each year group.
Parents may, by law, withdraw students from all but the AIDS/HIV part of the course if they wish but would, we hope, contact the Head of House first to discuss the programme.
The website www.respectyourself.info is an excellent source of further information for both students and parents. The website has been compiled by Warwickshire County Council’s Respect Yourself Campaign Team in partnership with NHS Warwickshire, Coventry University and with a huge input from young people themselves.
Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education
We will provide rich learning experiences which enable students to create working relationships with their peers; we will encourage healthy family and house rivalry and a sense of competition. Students will be engaged in the development of their verbal and non-verbal communication skills, debating, expressing their opinion, agreeing, disagreeing and listening to the points of view of others.
We will present a range of dilemmas, challenges and heroes which introduce various moral definitions, actions and scenarios. We will encourage students to explore traditional and non-traditional definitions of spirituality and to think about and develop their own beliefs.
We will present students with heroes, scenarios and current affairs stories from cultures which are both the same as, similar to and different from their own. We will promote tolerance, questioning and understanding even when we disagree. A theme running through SMSC will be the promotion of the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, along with mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
Financial Literacy / Numeracy
This area focuses on debt, budgeting, banking and financial products. In addition students will learn how public money is raised and spent.
Citizenship education aims to equip students with key knowledge and understanding of rights, responsibilities, democracy, crime, justice and how our country is run. We have carefully mapped key content as well as drawing on current affairs whenever possible to ensure that students are prepared for their lives beyond school.
We embrace environmentally sustainable practices and care about its place within the local community. We have solar energy operational in two key areas of school and have adopted sustainable practice on all recyclable materials. Areas of the school have been adapted to focus on biodiversity and green/natural space. Local produce is always sourced to provide support for our local community wherever possible. Sustainable education and projects are across the curriculum and available for all ages.
Stress Management and Wellbeing
We all suffer from stress at certain times in our lives and we are aware that students within our school do too. We aim to provide our students with the knowledge and understanding about causes of stress, how the body responds and why and when and where to seek help. However, the main focus of this area of our programme is in the creation of a toolbox of skills to assist students with self-management.
Global Learning and Development Education
Our global learning is rooted in four fundamental beliefs:
- We gain a greater understanding of ourselves when we can see through the eyes of another;
- No culture has a monopoly on wisdom or expertise: we can all learn from each other;
- Our world is both a huge village, whose diversity we have to celebrate and a tiny planet, whose future we have to safeguard;
- We are all brothers and sisters under the skin.
This area of our curriculum aims to challenge students to think beyond their own lives and to consider the global view in contemporary issues. We invite them to consider big questions and to consider multiple perspectives and to engage their critical thinking skills. Content will be broad and current.
At the core of Careers Education at Polesworth is enabling students to explore their Career ideas, make decisions and prepare for transition to further or higher education and ultimately working life. Careers Education is taught through School of Character but also involves work experience, careers interviews and applications beyond school.