Pure Creative Arts tailor our work to fit within current departmental advice and guidelines pertaining to PSHE education and Religious Education, and believe we work effectively and fit within various areas of Key Stage 3 and 4.
‘The PSHE curriculum, whilst non-statutory, provides a context for schools to fulfil their legal responsibilities to promote the wellbeing of pupils and provide sex and relationships and drug & alcohol education. ‘
We agree with the recent government guidance (2013) on PSHE education that stated “teachers are best placed to understand the needs of their pupils … it is for schools to tailor their local PSHE programme to reflect the needs of their pupils… and equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.”
We look to work in partnership with individual schools to provide the most appropriate and needed PSHE education for their pupils, working with targeted smaller groups or entire year groups on issues of ‘Sex & Relationship Education’, ‘Diet, Body Image, Disordered & Healthy Eating’, ‘Identity, Aspirations & Self Esteem’, as well as many other areas that fit within the PSHE framework.
Recent PSHE frameworks have highlighted a number of key objectives for PSHE education, and we believe the work of Pure Creative Arts meets the following:
Developing confidence and responsibility and making the most of their abilities
Pupils should be taught
- To recognise others, and give and receive constructive feedback and praise.
- How to deal positively with their feelings and emotions in difficult situations.
- To respect differences between people as they develop their own identity.
Developing a healthy, safer lifestyle
Pupils should be taught
- How to maintain healthy lifestyles and the factors that influences health.
- The importance of relationships and the consequences of early sexual activity, including STI’s and pregnancy.
- How to recognise when pressure from others threatens their personal safety and wellbeing, and how to develop effective ways of resisting pressure.
- How to recognise the physical and emotional changes during puberty and how to manage these in a positive way.
Developing good relationships and respecting the differences between people
Pupils should be taught :
- About the effects of all types of stereotyping, prejudice, bullying, racism and discrimination and how to challenge them assertively.
- To recognise that actions have consequences how to make informed choices.
- How to empathise with people different from themselves.
- The nature of friendship and how to make and keep friends.
- How to communicate confidently with peers and adults.
Pure Creative Arts offer lessons and workshops that cover the above aims, with particular focus on issues surrounding sex & relationships, identity and body image.
We were encouraged by some of the comments in the 2013 Ofsted report “Not Yet Good Enough” on PSHE education in Primary & Secondary schools, particularly one which stated “in 80% of primary and secondary schools, outside speakers made a valuable contribution by bringing a wide range of expertise and life experiences and supporting pupils in raising their aspirations.”
We believe that we fit this description, as well as the further comment that “in the good or outstanding lessons, teachers provided a range of exciting and stimulating tasks including drama, art, video clips and discussion.” We do this in each of our performances and workshop sessions relating to key issues on the PSHE framework.