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 pupils safe.
The PSHE curriculum allows our school to fulfil our duty and responsibility to the pupils. An appropriate PSHE curriculum allows pupils 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 pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain.
Via a PSHE scheme of work, Year 7 to 11 students follow a thematic model throughout the school year. The three core areas of focus are Health and Wellbeing, Living in the Wider World and Relationships. All students across the school focus on a core area each half term.
The PSHE curriculum opens a line of communication between both pupils 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 children for opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
· Help children 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 children as they grow and mature.
· Encourage children to enjoy relationships based upon mutual trust and respect, free from abuse.
· Teach children 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.
More information on the PSHE curriculum can be found via the following links:
Mrs S. White
(Head of PSHE)
Careers and work plays an increasingly important role in the content and focus of the PSHE curriculum, the intention is to develop the necessary skills to deal with both the work skills needed and the transferable skills required to have a productive work life in order to develop/maintain good economic and personal wellbeing.
Our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Policy and Careers Programme can be accessed here.