At Archbishop Blanch School PSHE & CEIAG are taught under the acronym of C.O.R.E at KS5;
Change, Opportunity, Resilience and Engagement.
This is where our CEIAG and PSHE curriculums work harmoniously to offer a broad, balanced and inclusive curriculum. We have a weekly timetabled lesson across the full academic year, our curriculum encompasses all the vital knowledge and skills students need for school and beyond. We aim to prepare and guide our students to achieve their potential by supporting their wellbeing.
Our bespoke sixth form PSHCE schedule allows students to access a range of talks, presentations, workshops and enrichment opportunities which help guide them through Sixth Form life and prepare them for life beyond. At the heart of our programme is the objective to nurture our students’ personal, social, moral and cultural dimension whilst in our care.
CORE offers advice on health and well-being, and also has a clear focus on guiding students through examinations by reinforcing study skills and the importance of personal organisation. In the first few weeks we focus on developing a Sixth Form mindset and picturing what students want to achieve with us. Form Tutors are a key part of delivering our Sixth Form mentoring programme, which forms an important part of our schedule, where students review, discuss and promote their progression, both pastorally and academically through one to one interviews with their tutor. We offer talks and presentations from charities, volunteering groups and external agencies to help students engage with society in a positive way. Coming together regularly as a year group also engenders a team spirit - a sense of community and belonging, where we can celebrate achievement in the spirit of our school's values.
RSE within the CORE Curriculum:
The aims of relationships and sex education (RSE) at our school are to:
Our RSE contents starts to be delivered to pupils at KS3, as pupils move throughout the school the content is built n, consolidated and developed in an age appropriate way. Our RSE curriculum promotes healthy resilient relationships set in the context of character and virtue development. RSE at Archbishop Blanch School reflects our core values of Community, Compassion, Friendship and Trust and is developed in line with the advice contained within ‘Valuing all God’s Children’, published by The Church of England Education Office. Based on our school’s values our RSE curriculum seeks to develop character within a moral framework based on virtues such as honesty, integrity, self-control, courage, humility, kindness, forgiveness, generosity and a sense of justice but does not seek to teach only one moral position.
RSE promotes reverence for the gift of human sexuality and encourage relationships that are hopeful and aspirational.
Our RSE curriculum will seek to build resilience in our pupils to help them form healthy relationships, to keep themselves safe. It will give pupils opportunities to reflect on values and influences including their peers, the media, the internet, faith and culture that may have shaped their attitudes to gender, relationships and sex.It will promote the development of the wisdom and skills our pupils need to make their own informed decisions.
Our RSE curriculum is based on honest and medically accurate information from reliable sources of information, including about the law and legal rights. We aim to distinguish between different types of knowledge and opinions so that pupils can learn about their bodies and sexual and reproductive health as appropriate to their age and maturity.
Archbishop Blanch School’s RSE curriculum endeavors to take particular care to meet the individual needs of all pupils including those with special needs and disabilities. It will ensure that lessons and any resources used will be accessible, sensitive and inclusive to the learning needs of the individual child.
Careers Education. Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is essential to our offer. We pride ourselves on our bespoke programme which prepares students for so much more than just a job and university applications. We develop soft skills and general employability skills so that students will be successful once they make that next step beyond Sixth Form. Further details on CEIAG plan can be downloaded below.
Our half termly CEIAG Focus Weeks enable us to link curriculum learning to careers. Each Focus Week is linked to one of the six growth sectors for Liverpool. The aim is for pupils to take away understanding of their local Labour market and how it affects them.
As well as the one hour CORE lesson pupils partake in each week, students receive a weekly form-time session which links to a career of the week, current affairs and citizenship. These form time sessions are student led (using a staff created resource) and strive to raise awareness of key world events and issues whilst promoting students use of oracy through form discussions.
‘Employability Days’ are also a key part of CEIAG throughout Year 12 and 13. Here, students will experience small group sessions with lots of different employers and employees from across a diverse range of sectors. Students will also get the chance to visit a university, hear from apprenticeship providers and receive excellent support and guidance on their next steps.
Widening participation is a huge part of our sixth form and we aim to get every student throughout the two years with us on one or more scheme. This is to aid in securing meaningful destinations post 18. We run an in house medics and law society which hosts regular visiting speakers, has access to university resources and prepares students for interview.