020 8590 2245

Ms J L Hamill (Headteacher)
45-65 Oaks Lane, Newbury Park
Ilford, IG2 7PQ

PSHE

Our aim at Oaks Park High School is to encourage pupils to develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in Britain. We actively promote the fundamental British Values and this forms part of our wider work in school with children in relation to their Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education (SMSC).  Evidence shows that well-delivered PSHE programmes have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. Therefore, our programme is developed to build resilient, resourceful, reflective, reciprocal and respectful learners.
 
The British Values, as defined by the government, are :
  • Democracy
  • The Rule of Law
  • Individual Liberty
  • Mutual Respect
  • Tolerance of different Faiths and Beliefs
We teach a broad and balanced curriculum that teaches elements of democracy, rules and laws, the monarchy, equality, values and virtues, environmental awareness and understanding of different faiths. Actively promoting British Values also refers to challenging pupils, staff or parents expressing opinions contrary to fundamental British Values. At Oaks Park, values of tolerance and respect permeate all areas of school life. This creates a climate within which pupils feel safe and secure and therefore allows them to learn and develop. Pupil's voice plays an integral part in driving the schools forward.
 
These British Values are promoted throughout the curriculum, across the whole school. They are also seen in the school ethos, policies, assemblies, special events and cultural celebrations. The following are a selection of activities that are evidence of our commitment to British Values.
 
We teach children about Democracy through:
  • Children being involved in democratic processes e.g. voting for head students, rewards and incentives
  • School council
  • Taking part in Redbridge Local democracy week
  • PSHE lessons on British politics
 
We teach children about Rule of Law through:
  • School behaviour policy
  • Golden rules – in class
  • Reflecting of behaviour and learning during lessons
  • Parent/ carer feedback about behaviour
  • Visits from Police
  • Discussing civic duty
 
We teach children about Individual Liberty through:
  • Understanding responsibility in school in terms of behaviour and learning attitudes (well-being)
  • Pupil roles in school – monitors/ helpers
  • School values
  • Local and national fundraising
  • Community links – local primary/ SEND school support
  • Assembly – school council/ people who help us
  • Restorative practice
  • Challenging stereotyping and bias
  • Anti-bullying
  • Sports values
 
We teach children about Mutual Respect through:
  • PSHE curriculum and assemblies
  • Pastoral Bulletin focuses of the week
  • Positive relationships encouraged and modelled
  • Inclusive ethos
  • RE curriculum
  • Anti-bullying 
  • Student Council
  • Sports Day
  • Trips – wider community
  • Visitors
  • Peer assessment
  • Collaboration with other schools – Seven Kings teaching alliance
  • Restorative practice
  • Classroom Rules
  • PE values
 
We teach children about Tolerance through:
  • Links with other schools
  • Assemblies
  • RE curriculum
  • School curriculum
  • Inclusive school
  • Special assemblies –  Remembrance Day
  • PSHE
  • Restorative practice
  • Classroom Rules
 
Our Programme of study for PSHE aims to develop skills and attributes stated above but also self-esteem, risk-management, team working and critical thinking in the context of learning grouped into core themes: mental and physical health and wellbeing, relationships, personal safety, IAG and employment skills and living in the wider world and life in Britain. All of our lessons are age-appropriate and relevant, with lessons and schemes of work created to reflect current challenges society and to the needs of the individual students.  
 
We provide a safe and supportive learning environment where children and young people can develop the confidence to ask questions, challenge the information they are offered, draw on their own experience, express their views and opinions and put what they have learned into practice in their own lives. We provide opportunities for children and young people to make real decisions about their lives, to take part in activities, which simulate adult choices and where they can demonstrate their ability to take responsibility for their decisions.
Oaks Park encourages young people to reflect on their learning and the progress they have made, and to transfer what they have learned to say and to do from one school subject to another, and from school to their lives in the wider community.
Oaks Park School are proud to hold the quality kite mark for their commitment to PSHE.


 

This is a flavour of the topics students study in PSHE throughout their time at Oaks Park. This is updated regularly in response to any current issues that arise. Our PSHE offer is also supported through our tutor programme, assemblies and guest speakers.

Mr L McDonnell – PSHE Team Leader
lmcdonnell@oakspark.redbridge.sch.uk

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