Personal, Health and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) Education (PHSMSC)
At Brakenhale the personal development of students is a fundamental part of the academic and pastoral work of the school. As such we want to develop students personally, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally and ensure that they are treated as individuals and respect and uphold the values of British society.
Whilst PHSMSC lessons with the form tutor are a frequent and regular opportunity to address the key concepts, personal, spiritual, moral, social and cultural education permeates everything we do in school.
The aims include helping students to:
- Value everyone as a unique human being.
- Understand and respect different faiths and cultures.
- Develop a sense of belonging and community (local, regional, national and global).
- Teach students about the British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect.
- Know the different between right and wrong, and empower them to make good judgements.
- Feel happiness, pride, forgiveness and responsibility.
- Develop curiosity, creativity and resilience.
Our PHSMSC provision incorporates both PSHE and SMSC.
PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)
Topics covered within PSHE are grouped in three core themes: (i) health and wellbeing, (ii) relationships, and (iii) living in the wider world; and include:
- Alcohol, smoking and drugs
- Personal health
- Bullying – including sexual harassment
- Citizenship, democracy and human rights
- Careers and the world of work
- Personal finance
- Family and relationships
- Identity – Including
- Sex Education – This is taught as part of our Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) provision by Bracknell Forest Council.
Aside from Sex Education, these sessions will be delivered by form tutors as part of our pastoral tutor programme and will be relevant to the age, understanding, cultural background and circumstances of the students. They will also reflect their needs in terms of language, learning styles and abilities. There may also be opportunities for students to engage with outside groups and speakers at points throughout the PSHE curriculum to support and engage them.
For more information on the content of these sessions please contact Mrs Gemma Powell (Assistant Headteacher).