"Dear young people, please, don't be observers of life, but get involved. Jesus did not remain an observer, but he immersed himself. Don't be observers, but immerse yourself in the reality of life, as Jesus did."
PSHE has the College Virtues and British Values woven throughout all modules. The Virtues, developed from Virtue Ethics within the teachings of the Catholic Church, are an essential moral philosophy promoted by St Thomas Aquinas. Virtue theory provides a systematic way of shaping and developing character.
The College virtues are in three key pairs:
- Compassion and Justice
- Confidence and Resilience
- Self-Regulation and Ambition
All the virtues are underpinned by Respect and Responsibility, to ourselves as God’s creations and to others. RSE is inter woven throughout, using Life to the Full resources from Ten:Ten, challenging students to question who they are? Reiterating the Catholic Church’s teaching that we are unique, created and loved by God.
Personal attributes, so central to PSHE education, are arguably the hardest aspects of learning to assess. It is difficult for teachers to accurately assess a pupil’s self-confidence or sense of their own identity and values. However, pupils themselves will be able to judge, for instance, whether they feel more confident, or have a firmer sense of their own beliefs and opinions than they did before a particular series of lessons.
Such personal reflection in PSHE education lessons is essential, so ensuring pupils have time and space within the lessons to reflect on this, either privately or through discussion, is a vital part of the assessment process.
Assessing learning in PSHE education must therefore use a combination of teacher assessment and pupil self- and peer assessment. Ipsative assessment compares where a student is at the end of a lesson or series of lessons against where they were before the lesson(s). So the benchmark against which progress is measured is the student’s own starting point, not the performance of others or the requirements of an exam syllabus.