We want all learners to grow up healthy, happy, safe, and able to navigate their way through the challenges of life in modern Britain. Therefore, we teach PSHE as a discrete, statutory to all learners in Years 7 – 13. Our PSHE teaching is designed to equip our learners with the knowledge to make informed decisions about their individual well-being, relationships, and what it means to live in the wider world. Today’s young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. Our PSHE teaching reflects the exciting opportunities and the challenges that their world poses. It is our role, as educators, to equip young people with the skills to be safe and healthy in their ever-expanding world. Our PSHE curriculum is built on the latest recommendations from the Department for Education, which were released in the 2021 Relationships & Sex Education guidance.
Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE)
The Education Act 2002 requires all schools to teach a curriculum that is “broadly based, balanced and meets the needs of pupils”. Schools must also “promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, prepare pupils of the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life” while having a duty to keep learners safe.
The PSHE curriculum allows our school to fulfil our duty and responsibility to the learners. An appropriate PSHE curriculum allows learners to become emotionally healthy and focussed on their well-being which allows them to do better at school.
RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) is a compulsory element embedded into the PSHE curriculum and aims to develop essential skills in young people to allow them to manage their lives now and in the future. These skills and attributes aim to encourage the learners to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain.
The PSHE curriculum opens a line of communication between both learners and teaching staff to explore the challenges young people face as they enter adolescence and beyond. Discussion points are raised to challenge misconceptions, encourage good decision-making and develop healthy relationships with peers, family and future colleagues.
Through relationships and sex education we aim to:
- Prepare learners for opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
- Help learners to develop personal values through an awareness of their own sexual identity and respect for others individuality.
- Develop and maintain a partnership with parents and carers, to ensure sensitive support for learners as they grow and mature.
- Encourage learners to enjoy relationships based upon mutual trust and respect, free from abuse.
- Teach learners to manage emotions and relationships confidently and sensitively.
- Generate an atmosphere where questions and discussion can take place without embarrassment.
- Recognise the diversity of different forms of relationships, sexuality and families, and value understanding and respect for all.
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More information on the PSHE curriculum can be found via the following links:
Mrs S. White
(Head of PSHE)