SMSC and PSHE
This page looks at how we promote Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development at Harris Academy Peckham. We define spiritual, moral, social and cultural as follows.
Spiritual - explore beliefs and experience; respect values; discover oneself and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
Moral - recognise right and wrong; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.
Social - use social skills in different contexts; work well with others; resolve conflicts; understand how communities work.
Cultural - appreciate cultural influences; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
Promoting SMSC development
Our ethos at Harris Academy Peckham (Leadership, Enquiry, Aspiration, Perseverance) underpins all of our curriculum. This applies to our comprehensive provision for SMSC which infiltrates throughout the wider curriculum.
Assemblies at Harris Academy Peckham are tied into a weekly theme and explored further during tutor time. Our assemblies help to foster a sense of community and shared success. The weekly themes selected for assembly allow the students the opportunity to consider spiritual and moral issues and help to reinforce the academy ethos of striving for excellence.
Guest speakers and external partners
Our curriculum provides students with opportunities to receive presentations and workshops from specially-selected guest speakers and external partners relevant to the area of study. This is an important part of educating our students as it allows them to receive information and guidance from experts with vast experience and knowledge which will help our students to develop their understanding of spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues.
Students regularly participate in trips and visits to sites and experiences to further develop them spiritually and socially. The educational visits offer students opportunities to extend their learning and enrich their understanding and appreciation of the world around them and opportunities available to them.
Our enrichment programme offers students fun and challenging experiences beyond our regular curriculum. Students gain new skills and also develop their social skills. Activities include Duke of Edinburgh Award, Film Club, Debating club and Model United Nations.
Lead learners are students who are given responsibility for different areas of the curriculum or academy. This helps to empower our students to take play a role in the ongoing development of the academy.
Religious Education and Philosophy
The curriculum for Religious Education (RE) and Philosophy is broad and well-balanced, promoting the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of students, and helping to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. Our RE themes involve respect, tolerance, appreciation and wonder and open-mindedness. We offer a balanced approach to students’ religious education which is broadly Christian, but encompasses all major faiths.
PSHE stands for Personal, Social, Health and Economic Wellbeing Education. PSHE is designed to promote the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, emotional and physical wellbeing of Harris Academy Peckham students.
The syllabus for Year 7 PSHE reflects the needs of our students, as well as the concerns of parents. We aim to provide students with a ‘Curriculum for Life,’ which helps to prepare our students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
The curriculum is structured so that the topics follow a progression from one year to the next and are appropriate for the age and experiences of pupils. In addition to the curriculum, students also participate in 'drop down' days on a particular theme and the possibility of attending trips relevant to our areas of study.
RSHE at Peckham
All content regarding Relationships and Sexual Health education is delivered three times at Harris Peckham.
1. Though our tutor and assembly program.
2. Within lessons our day to day curriculum.
3. Though interventions and drop down days.
Our tutor program covers RSHE through stand-alone lessons explicitly teaching students about how to the law regarding healthy relationships, the impact of inappropriate behaviour on others, examples of people who have protected the rights of other and what young people can do if they are concerned about their own safety or the safety of others.
Autumn Term 2021
Autumn Term covers the law regarding healthy relationships under the British Value “The Rule of Law”. Assemblies and tutor time teach all year groups.
- The law relating to sexual consent and its impact on future relationships.
- How people communicate and recognise consent.
- When consent can be withdrawn.
- The law relating to sexual exploitation and its impact on future relationships.
- The law relating to abuse and it’s impact on future relationships.
- The law relating to forced marriage and it’s impact on future relationships.
- The law relating to honour-based violence and it’s impact on future relationships.
- The law relating to FGM and its impact on future relationships.
Spring Term 2022
Spring Term covers the characteristics of positive healthy relationships under the British Value “Tolerance and Mutual Respect”. All students are also taught about ways to protect their freedoms online “Liberty”.
Tolerance and Mutual Respect
- That there are different types of committed stable relationships including those who identify as LGBTQ+
- How to determine whether other children, adults or sources of information are trustworthy and when a relationship is unsafe.
- How to seek advice, including reporting concerns about others, if needed.
- The characteristics of positive healthy friendships and relationships.
- How stereotypes, in particular stereotypes based on sex, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or disability, can cause damage (e.g. how they might normalise non-consensual behaviour or encourage prejudice).
- Different types of bullying (including cyberbullying), the impact of bullying, responsibilities of bystanders to report bullying and how and where to get help.
- What constitutes sexual harassment and sexual violence.
Rights, responsibilities and opportunities online, including that the same expectations of behaviour apply in all contexts, including online.
Online risks, including that any material someone provides to another has the potential to be shared online and the difficulty of removing potentially compromising material placed online.
What to do and where to get support to report material or manage issues online.
The impacts of sexually explicit material on relationships with others.
The law regarding the sharing and viewing of indecent images (in particular of children). What constitutes sexual harassment and sexual violence.
Summer Term 2022
Summer Term covers the benefits of human rights and community participation on mental health, through the study of the British Value “Democracy”. All students are also taught about ways to look after your sexual and mental health under via our scheme of work on the British Value “Love”
- The Equality Act 2010
- That happiness is linked to being connected to others.
- How to recognise early signs of wellbeing concerns and how to protect the rights of vulnerable groups.
- How advertising and information is targeted at particular individuals and how to identify “fake news”
- Basic First Aid
- Voting and representation.
Love and Well Being
That healthy relationships respect the right to delay sex or to enjoy intimacy without sex.
- The facts about pregnancy and miscarriage.
- Sexually transmitted diseases.
- Where to seek confidential advice on sexual and reproductive health.
- How alcohol and drugs can lead to sexually risky behaviour and the legal impact of this information on consent. Key facts about puberty and the implications on emotional and physical health.
Peckham’s Curriculum provides RSHE education within lessons to help compliment students understanding of their subject areas. Some examples of where your child receives this education are below.
The RSHE curriculum covers 13 key areas and each subject area delivers this content in light of their specialism. Some examples of how this is delivered are below.
A: Healthy Family Relationships
In year 7 students study “The Breadwinner” and learn about how Parvana develops a moral compass through her relationship with her father.
In year 8 the study of Romeo and Juliet students compare the legal status of marriage in the UK to the patriarchal institutions in the Elizabethan era.
Modern Foreign Languages
In year 7 students learn how to describe their families in different languages. This allows the department to normalise different family structures including LGBTQ+ relationships and coping mechanisms in cases of divorce.
As students develop their linguistic skills in year 11 students learn about legal concepts such as civil partnerships and religious ceremony.
In year 7 students explore the morality of Abraham’s behaviour as a father in their study of Judaism
In year 10 students study the varied religious perspectives regarding marriage, adultery, divorce and remarriage as part of the AQA syllabus.
B: Respectful relationships including friendships
Year 8 and Enrichment: Students learn how to develop positive to ensure all students feel safe and secure in their creativity.
In year 10-11 students nurture these skills as they work on compositions.
Year 7: Students study the dislike of Shylock because of his religion. Looking at why characters behave the way they do in response to the treatment of others.
In year 9 via the study of noughts and crosses students learn how people’s stereotypes about race damage relationships.
Year 8: Students study the civil rights movement and the kingdom of Mansa Mussa with the challenging misconceptions and stereo types about black history.
Year 10: Students study the roles of women in Nazi Germany in contrast to the impact of women’s work in WW1 and WW2 on the improvement of rights of women in our society today.
C: Online and Media
Year 8: Students cover an entire scheme of work dedicated to E-Saftey and Digital Awareness. This content is interleaved throughout the curriculum to retain student knowledge.
Year 7: Students learn about the creation of the I Phone and its impact on the business potential emerging economies. This is contrasted with the impacts of inappropriate use of social media leading to fake news and crime.
D: Staying Safe
Year 10: Students study Jenny Saville and Tracey Emin to look at the law regarding abuse and its impact on future relationships.
Year 8: During the study of Empire students study the development of legal systems and how this developed laws regarding abuse and consent.
E: Intimate and sexual relationships
Year 9: Students study the Farmer’s Bride. Exploring past expectations in arrange marriage and why they are unacceptable today.
Year 10: Students study the legal implications of the age of consent and how an understanding of this changed from Biblical and Quranic times.
F: Mental Well Being
Year 7: Students learn the benefits of taking part in regular exercise and team sports on mental health.
Hospitality and Catering
Year 11: Students explore the impact of nutrition on mental health and how a good diet can remedy such issues.
G: Internet Safety and Harm
Year 10: Study of Nazi Germany and source analysis helps identify fake news. The internet can be used as an example of how techniques from Nazi are used to groom people today.
Year 9: Students explicitly study E-Safety and social/ethical use of technology.
H: Physical Health and Fitness
Year 10: Students study non-communicable diseases-healthy diet, importance of exercise, importance of not smoking, eating too much sugar.
Year 7: Students study, “Health Related Fitness: warming up to prepare for sport safely.”
I: Healthy Eating
Year 8: students study the digestive system and a unit on nutrients groups.
Year 10: BTEC Sports: Unit 5 Your Body: Responding and Adapting to Exercise
J: Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco
Year 11: Students study stopping distance and how alcohol affects thinking time when driving.
Year 10: the impact of drugs and alcohol on social and economic development of less economically developed countries.
L: Basic first aid
Year 9: Student module on health problems on holiday include content on basic first aid and awareness.
Enrichment: Football beyond borders and Rugby leadership course included the teaching of first aid.
M: Changing Adolescent Body
Year 7: Student study the menstrual cycle and changes in the male and female body during puberty.
Year 10: Students study the family alongside the impact of puberty on the public private sphere and gender discrimination.
Interventions and drop down days
Alongside our day to day curriculum. Student gain an opportunity to take a deep dive into the RSHE curriculum through interventions with target groups and LEAP days dedicated to RSHE.
Alongside our day to day curriculum students gain an opportunity to take a deep dive into the RSHE curriculum through interventions with target groups and LEAP days dedicated to RSHE.
Examples of our practice are below:
1: Families and Healthy Relationships: Year 9 male students are taught about toxic masculinity and the diversity of male role models that can exist one’s life via “The Story of Man Project”
2: Respectful Relationships including Friendships: Year 8 and 10 students are trained to be healthy relationships champions through the “Latin American Women’s rights Society”. Here students are re-taught the definitions of consent and abuse.
3: Online and Media Safety: Students receive further enforcement in this area as part of our LEAP days through the computer science department.
4: Intimate and Sexual Relationships: Year 10 receive a drop down day dedicated to this topic via resources from Cosmopolitan and Men’s Health Magazine
5: Mental Health and Wellbeing: All students receive Mindfulness Training trough the Mindfullness In Schools Project.
6: Physical Health and Fitness: The academy takes part in a cross federation sports day. All students are given the opportunity to compete in this event.
7: Eating Healthy: Students receive a healthy eating/cooking day based on the eatwell plate via our food department.
8: Drugs and Alcohol: The participations people have worked with our year 9 students to become peer educators in the impacts of drugs and alcohol on others.
9: Health and Prevention: Students receive further enforcement in this area as part of our LEAP days through the maths department.
10: Basic First Aid: Students receive further enforcement in this area as part of our LEAP days.
11: Changing Adolescent Body: Students in year 9 partake in “Confident Me” sessions using RSHE resources provided by Dove.