PSHE: Personal, Social & Health Education
Personal, social, health education (PSHE) promotes students' personal, social and emotional development, as well as their health and wellbeing.
PSHE is a planned, developmental programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future.
As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
The PSHE programme makes a significant contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, their behaviour, safety and the school’s statutory responsibility to promote pupils’ wellbeing.
Learning occurs in the curriculum through:
- Subject schemes of work and planned sessions which are delivered in tutor time every week as well as subject areas such as Religious Studies and Science.
- The school's arrangements for pastoral care and safeguarding.
- The School Council.
- Planned learning opportunities with external agencies.
- Extra-curricular activities
At key stages three and four, we have three core units of study:
Health & Wellbeing:
- Managing transition
- Maintaining physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing including sexual health.
- Parenthood and the consequences of teenage pregnancy.
- Assessing and managing risks to health and how to stay safe.
- Identifying and accessing help, advice and support.
- Making informed choices about health and wellbeing matters including drugs, alcohol and tobacco; maintaining a balanced diet; physical activity.
- Responding in an emergency including administering first aid.
- The role and influence of the media on lifestyle.
- Developing and maintaining a variety of healthy relationships.
- Recognising and managing emotions.
- Dealing with risky or negative relationships including all forms of bullying (together with the distinct challenges posed by online bullying). Various types of abuse, violence and online encounters.
- The concept of consent in a variety of contexts (including in sexual relationships)
- Managing loss including bereavement, separation and divorce.
- Respecting equality and be a productive member of a diverse community
- Identifying and accessing appropriate advice and support.
Living in the Wider World:
- Rights and responsibilities as members of diverse communities, as active citizens and participants in the local and national economy.
- Making informed choices and being enterprising and ambitious.
- How to develop employability, team working and leadership skills.
- How personal financial choices can affect oneself and others and about rights and responsibilities as consumers.
At Key Stage 5 there is a particular focus on living in the wider world and study progression in order to prepare our students for the next stage of their lives as adults. A careers advice and support programme is in place for all students in the school through a variety of different approaches.