Vision for the Edge

Aims:

At Erdington Academy we believe that learning is more than just about the curriculum, we believe all students, whatever their background, are able to become experts in the disciplines that they study. They will be introduced to, and understand, theories and principles that have influenced, continue to influence, and will influence in the future, the world in which they live.

PSHE education helps pupils to keep themselves and others healthy and safe and prepares them for life and work in modern Britain. PSHE education contributes to the development of key skills and attributes to manage a range of situations pupils will face currently, and in the future. These skills and attributes- including negotiation, empathy, self-management, critical thinking, communication, and dealing with setbacks- are critical for their future success socially, academically and economically as well-rounded citizens.

Our aim is that our Edge provision helps ensure our students can thrive and develop as active citizens in the 21st Century equipped with the skills and confidence to guard against challenges faces such as radicalization.

 The Erdington Edge:

Character education is delivered through three methods at Erdington Academy.

  • Assemblies: All students have a weekly assembly with their House. Each assembly is linked to a British Values theme.
  • Tutor time activities: Students work in mixed year groups during form time where they have dedicated activities to promote character education.
  • Curriculum: Years 7-10 receive an hour of PSHCE per fortnight called ‘The Edge’. Year 11s Receive their PSHCE through enrichment days and the science/ Physical Education curriculum.

The Edge Curriculum

Edge lessons are a planned, developmental programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. PSHE education contributes to personal development by helping pupils to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings.

Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help pupils to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives. The Edge programme makes a significant contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, their behaviour and safety and the school’s statutory responsibility to promote pupils’ wellbeing.

At Key Stage 3, pupils build on the skills, attitudes, values, knowledge and understanding they have acquired and developed during the primary phase. PSHE education acknowledges and addresses the changes that young people are experiencing, beginning with transition to secondary school, the challenges of adolescence and their increasing independence. It teaches the skills which will equip them for the opportunities and challenges of life. Pupils are encouraged to manage diverse relationships and the increasing influence of peers and the media. PSHE education allows them to be more confident in addressing the challenges of effective learning and making a full and active contribution to society.

At Key Stage 4, pupils extend and rehearse the skills, further explore attitudes and values, and deepen knowledge and understanding acquired during Key Stage 3. PSHE education reflects the fact that learners are moving towards an independent role in adult life, taking on greater responsibility for themselves and others.