PSHE and SMSC
Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) is delivered at key stages 3 and 4 with constant regard to Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) content:
- Throughout the subject curriculum
- Through form time
- Through assemblies and liturgies
- Through extra-curricular opportunities
KS3 and KS4 Curriculum
All subject areas contribute to the delivery to PSHE and SMSC. Here are some examples:
- Science – Sex Education and Growing Our Food, Keeping Healthy and Medicine and Drugs
- PE – Health Related Fitness
- Geography – The Working World, Crime, Managing Places in the 21st Century
- RE – Peace and Conflict, Rights and Responsibilities
- History – The Second World War, the Holocaust and the Industrial Revolution
- MFL – Health and Healthy Living, Jobs and Career Plans and Social Issues and Equality
This list is not exclusive. For further details on the curriculum content at key stages 3 and 4, please browse all subjects.
As a Catholic College, we have a daily act of collective worship and a strong emphasis on ethos, values and community. Form time is used productively including activities to develop Literacy and Numeracy skills, discussions on current affairs, support for social and emotional concerns, pupil responsibility and being a citizen in British society.
Assemblies and Liturgies
All year groups have a weekly assembly which is based on a cycle of SMSC themes. The assemblies are based on Gospel values and pay due respect to pupils of all faiths reflected in modern British life. There are liturgies for Christian celebrations such as Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter.
A wide range of enrichment activities are offered to pupils (please see Enrichment section). There are opportunities to further develop pupil interest in a particular subject such as Science Club, Sports Clubs and Music practices, as well as activities which provide additional interventions for study skills.
There is also a range of opportunities to develop pupil citizenship such as:
- Pupil chaplains
- Student Council
- Year 7 ambassadors
- Paired reading
- Peer mentors
- Charity activities
- Eco champions
Newman College is committed to serving its community. It recognises the multi-cultural, multi-faith and ever-changing nature of the United Kingdom. It also understands the vital role it has in ensuring that groups or individuals within the school are not subjected to intimidation or radicalisation by those wishing to unduly, or illegally, influence them.
It follows equal opportunities guidance which guarantees that there will be no discrimination against any individual or group, regardless of faith, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, political or financial status, or similar. Newman College is dedicated to preparing students for their adult life beyond the formal examined curriculum and ensuring that it promotes and reinforces British values to all its students.