Personal, social, health, citizenship and economic education is a well-respected and integral part of Radley’s school curriculum that incorporates many academic subjects, and to which all teachers are committed. A holistic approach to PSHE education is part of the fabric of the Radley College ethos. Radley is a religious and charitable institution which actively promotes a spirit of selfless and responsible giving in staff and pupils.
The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of boys at Radley is the concern of every teaching don as much as house tutors, sub-tutors, pastoral housemistresses, and medical centre staff. Child protection is of paramount importance, and INSET is delivered regularly in order to keep staff abreast of new developments.
Delivered in a variety of ways (see below), the PSHE curriculum is a dynamic entity that adapts according to pupils’ needs, and which underpins every aspect of life in this busy boys’ boarding school. Results of questionnaires and informal discussions inform the changing content, and social responsibility and mental wellbeing are two areas in particular that are currently being developed.
- Form masters period: Form masters meet once a week with a small, social based group of boys, and follow a programme of discussion topics. These include bullying, self-esteem, living together and respecting others for the Shells; addictions, sexualisation of the media, and internet safety for the Removes; and sexuality, social responsibility, and medical ethics for the Fifths. The Sixth Form programme is focussed on university and careers, but the boys also attend regular lectures as part of the Standing on the Shoulders of Giants course, designed to challenge and develop their experience and understanding of their role in society.
- Academic subjects: While the impact of the biology curriculum is undeniable and its contribution to PSHE education invaluable, many other subjects contribute to the holistic approach. Politics and Economics; Modern Languages (topics such as healthy lifestyle, ethical dilemmas, addiction); Sciences (safety); History; Religious Education…
- Social prayers: Every Wednesday evening the social meets together, boys, sub-tutors, PHM, and often a visiting don will deliver a short address with a moral theme, or a strong message regarding social responsibility, emotional well-being, self-esteem.
- Outside speakers: There is a very full programme of talks by external speakers covering such topics as addiction, sexual health, careers, managing money, internet safety, self-esteem and choices, road safety, to name but a few.
- Extra-curricular activities: The Monday afternoon programme includes activities such as caring for the elderly, CCF, and clubs and societies such as philosophy and debating encourage reflection and consideration of a whole range of topics.
- Activity days / life skills programme: The Fifth form Life Skills Programme and Acquaint week play a crucial and welcome role in developing this year group’s understanding and experience of many key PSHE areas. Healthy lifestyles, sexualisation of the media, emotional wellbeing, responsibility of and respect for others, careers advice, and financial planning are just a few of the topics explored. Similarly, Shells take part in in a Business Game, 6.1s have a careers conference, and many outings are organised that feed into PSHE education.
- Cocoa, chapel, form evenings: These are the fora where the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of boys happens in a more discreet and sensitive manner. Sub tutors have informal yet vital discussions over cocoa and biscuits, homilies at chapel services provide challenges and thought-provoking ideas, and form evenings can be a safe and private time to explore and discuss further.
- Individual health related fitness assessments and advice: Radley College is committed to providing all students with an opportunity to participate in a variety of enjoyable and fulfilling sporting and activity programmes. We also aim to promote the health benefits associated with regular physical activity and a healthy lifestyle and through a new initiative; all boys will be given an opportunity to receive health related fitness assessments and advice. The goal of the College is to help students, through education and experience, to adopt a positive life-long attitude towards a healthy lifestyle and physical activity.