The Social, Emotional well-being Curriculum
The Social Skills programme has been developed collaboratively by the multi-disciplinary team to help pupils relate the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the curriculum to their everyday lives. The curriculum presents pupils with a range of settings: school, home, the community, college and work, and develops skills required for each through role play and community visits wherever possible. In each scenario useful concepts, vocabulary and phrases are directly taught and pupils rehearse associated social skills. Pupils may, for example, need help to understand different ways of speaking in different contexts and how tone of voice and posture can influence meaning. Learning in this subject continues across the curriculum, as all staff focus on developing pupils’ life skills in their own subjects.
Personal, social, health, citizenship and economic (PSHCE) education is a key part of the Grove House curriculum: it is taught discretely to pupils in all key stages. Pupils are taught to assess risk and make safe and informed decisions, and are taught the language associated with communicating these decisions to others. Citizenship, British values, drug education, financial education, sex education and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle are all covered within this programme in addition to Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL). Areas of learning include:
- New beginnings
- Getting on and falling out
- Going for goals
This curriculum is taught using practical work and visits wherever possible, giving pupils the chance to apply their learning to real life situations. PSHCE themes extend into every aspect of school life, ensuring key messages relating, for example, to British values, are actively promoted. Assemblies, visual displays and lessons in all areas of the curriculum reinforcing learning to ensure all pupils have a solid understanding and can generalise this vital learning to all contexts.
Preparation for Adulthood
During KS4&5 pupils undertake a range of activities in preparation for adulthood.
- Employability skills session
- Travel Training
- Life Skills
- External Speakers – Careers
The enrichment programme at Grove House is crucial to the delivery of the curriculum aims. An integrated programme of activities contributes a number of positive outcomes:
Pupils spend informal time with their peers developing social skills and the confidence to communicate on a daily basis. Enrichment activities provide an opportunity for pupils to develop new social circles across the year groups, contributing very positively to the life of the school community.
Pupils enjoy their time at school. It is important that pupils engage in appealing and memorable experiences to motivate a love of learning and willingness to embrace school life.