The Pastoral Programme of The Sixth Form aims to provide initially, a smooth transition for students into Level 3 study. We also aim to equip students with the relevant tools for success in their studies and to fully support and prepare them for their future destinations and life skills to help fully prepare them for life after school.
Evidence shows that well-delivered PSHE programmes have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for students, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. (PSHE Association 2019)
The curriculum builds on prior learning at KS3 &4 .
The programme develops knowledge and skills :
The Programme builds on KS3&4 in areas such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team working and critical thinking in the context of learning grouped into three core themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world (including economic wellbeing and aspects of careers education). It also focuses on specific skills needed for successful completion of Sixth Form and those skills needed to succeed when they move onto their next stage of life.
The topics in the Sixth Form PSHE scheme of work provide a context to expand and enrich the following overarching concepts and transferable skills which are focused on in greater depth in the lower school.
1. Personal identity (personal qualities, attitudes, skills, attributes and achievements and what influences these)
2. Relationships (including different types and in different settings)
3. A physically, emotionally and socially healthy balanced lifestyle
4. Personal safety (including risk identification, assessment and management)
5. Diversity and equality
6. Rights and responsibilities
7. Resilience (the skills, strategies and ‘inner resources’) and managing change
8. Power (how it is used and encountered in a variety of contexts including persuasion, bullying, negotiation and ‘win-win’ outcomes) 9. Careers Education (see below)
Careers Students are provided with access to accurate, up-to-date careers guidance which enables them to make informed choices about a broad range of career options.
Careers guidance is delivered through both the ‘PSHE Programme’, specific skills sessions, individual mentoring sessions as well as informal and impartial advice by the Careers Advisor to ensure that they have an understanding of the different career options available to them to enable them to succeed in adult life.
The vast majority of students move on onto Higher Education; thus Careers education and guidance focuses on graduate career areas, university guidance and degree related apprenticeships. As well as providing specialist help for those applying for apprenticeships including collaborating with local businesses to help students who need interview skills to go straight into work.
Those applying to top Third universities are supported with links to Trinity Hall Cambridge, Access to Bristol scheme run by the University fo Bristol. Those applying to study in the USA are fully supported. The Sixth Form is the link school in the South West for Harvard. Y12 students undertake careers experience to ensure they have accumulated knowledge and practical contact of their prefered/chosen destination.