Curriculum Intent

At Vision Academy Learning Trust, we provide a relevant knowledge rich curriculum of personal, health, social and economic education which includes RSHE, careers and citizenship.

The aim of this curriculum is to equip students to live healthy, safe, productive, responsible and balanced lives through core themes of staying safe, health and wellbeing, relationships, British values, celebrating diversity and equality, and life in the wider world.

Our intent is to provide an academic PSHE curriculum that provides opportunities for students to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes, exploring complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future. PSHE acknowledges and addresses the changes that young people are experiencing, beginning with the transition to secondary school, the challenges of adolescence and their increasing independence. It teaches the skills which will equip them for the opportunities and challenges of life, and allows them to be more confident in addressing the challenges of effective learning and making a full and active contribution to society.

At Key Stage 4, students extend and rehearse the skills, further explore attitudes and values, and deepen knowledge and understanding acquired during Key Stage 3. PSHE reflects the fact that students are moving towards an independent role in adult life, taking on greater responsibility for themselves and others. There is a significant contribution in PSHE, to students’ SMSC development, their behaviour and attitudes and it promotes students’ wellbeing. PSHE promotes personal development by helping students to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions.

Programmes of study, for PSHE have a clear plan for what students should know and be able to do in PSHE by the end of KS4. The PSHE programme supports the students to thrive in a time of rapid change, with new and unpredictable opportunities and challenges constantly emerging. It takes the ‘learning opportunities’ outlined within the five core themes and helps develop the students’ concepts, skills and attributes and engage in respectful discussions about these issues. PSHE aims to help students to:

  • Identify their personal qualities, attitudes, skills, attributes and achievements and what influences these.
  • Explore their attitudes, values and beliefs about them and develop the skills, language and strategies needed to manage any issues should they encounter them in their lives.
  • Apply academic skills such as critical thinking and resilience, to their approach to the study of PSHE.
  • Promote students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
  • Equip all students with the knowledge and skills they need to stay safe and be able to communicate when they do not feel safe
  • Provide expert independent, up-to-date careers guidance that gives our students the best information and opportunities available and helps them progress into further education, training and employment