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St James Baccalaureate

At St James, we believe that our high quality PSHE Education will stay with our pupils for life. It inspires their personal development through learning about and taking responsibility for their own bodies, understanding their wellbeing and mental health, being able to successfully navigate different types of relationship and identifying their own aspirations and potential place in the wider world.

These areas develop students’ skills in other areas of the curriculum and are part of the wider St James ambition for all our learners to develop into active citizens of character, who can face challenges, are resilient and believe in themselves The St James Baccalaureate incorporates Religious Education, PSHE, RSE and citizenship together.

The lessons will focus on students developing their social, cultural and political awareness, but will also focus on developing in students a sense of self-worth, approaches to mental health, and the development of positive virtues such as integrity, compassion and resilience.

At St James we remain enthusiastic about the provision of Religious Studies in this country, believing it to be a fundamental tenet of our multi-cultural, multi-faith society, in which bigotry is not tolerated, and understanding and tolerance are promoted.   

Not only this, it forces pupils of all faiths and none to examine themselves and their worldviews, which challenges them to empathise with others and develop emotionally and spiritually. We have ensured our provision for religious education meets the national requirements, reflecting the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are, in the main, Christian while taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain.

At St James our SRHE program will:

  • Be age appropriate and differentiated to the needs of ALL pupils
  • Present information in an objective, balanced and sensitive manner
  • Encourage the development of social skills and strategies, which will reduce the risk of exploitation, misunderstanding and abuse.
  • Be fully inclusive of all genders, sexual orientations and all types of families (LGBT inclusive)
  • Develop a clear understanding of the importance of consent; how to give, withdraw, ask for and recognise consent
  • Reinforce the importance of loving relationships, rooted in mutual respect
  • Explore the skills needed for effective parenting and how to assess one’s readiness to be a parent
  • Represent all types of families and to explore the different methods for starting a family
  • Ensure pupils can identify the qualities of healthy and unhealthy relationships
  • Allow pupils to examine the physical and emotional implications of sexual behaviour and to explore the arguments for delaying sexual activity
  • Make pupils aware how and where to seek help if they are in an unhealthy or abusive relationship
  • Prepare pupils for the journey from adolescence to adulthood
  • Provide pupils with a safe environment to learn about sexual orientation and gender identity, reinforcing the importance of mutual respect and tackling LGBT misconceptions.
  • Ensure that pupils have a clear understanding of sexual and reproductive biology, including knowledge of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases
  • Ensure pupils understand the different risks associated with various types of sexual activity and understand how to engage in safe sexual activity by exploring a range of contraception
  • Place paramount importance on online safety and the risks of using social media and the internet for sexual purposes
  • Develop pupils’ understanding of the risks of pornographic material