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Curriculum Enhancement at HCCS provides opportunities for students to move beyond the ‘academic curriculum’ to truly prepare learners for a learning world. At HCCS, students engage in a Curriculum Enhancement from KS3 to KS5. This is a thematic and developmental approach covering the three core themes of PSHE, ‘Health and wellbeing’, ‘Relationships’ and ‘Living in the wider world’. Our curriculum develops  students' knowledge and understanding of good physical and mental health, how to manage relationships in a variety of contexts. and looking at key issues that affect everyday life. We empower our students to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society who understand how they are developing personally and socially, and give them the skills and confidence to tackle many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of student development. We provide our students with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. 

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Across the department, the curriculum is implemented through clear, shared and explicit programmes of study that reflect our Department intent. All lessons are rigorously planned, and all resources are available physically in the lesson and electronically for remote access through tutor Google Classrooms. All lessons provide personal pathways with differentiated tasks to challenge learners of all abilities. Programmes of study are constantly evolving to reflect our changing world so that students can engage with topical issues and connect their learning with real life applications. Quality of lesson delivery, teaching and assessments are monitored through a robust scrutiny process.

Collaborative, cross-curricular, embedded and explicit behaviours that demonstrate:

PSHE Overarching Concepts 

  • Identity (their personal qualities, attitudes, skills, attributes and achievements and what influences these) 2. Relationships (including different types and in different settings) 

  • A healthy (including physically, emotionally and socially) balanced lifestyle (including within relationships, work-life, exercise and rest,  spending and saving and diet)  

  • Risk (identification, assessment and how to manage risk rather than simply the avoidance of risk for self and others) and safety (including  behaviour and strategies to employ in different settings) 

  • Diversity and equality (in all its forms) 

  • Rights (including the notion of universal human rights), responsibilities (including fairness and justice) and consent (in different contexts)  

  • Change (as something to be managed) and resilience (the skills, strategies and ‘inner resources’ we can draw on when faced with  challenging change or circumstance) 

  • Power (how it is used and encountered in a variety of contexts including persuasion, bullying, negotiation and ‘win-win’ outcomes) 

  • Career (including enterprise, employability and economic understanding)

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