Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. It helps children and young people to stay healthy and safe, while preparing them to make the most of life and work.
At key stage 3, students build on the knowledge and understanding, skills, attributes and values they have acquired and developed during the primary phase. Our PSHE education acknowledges and addresses the changes that young people experience, beginning with transition to secondary school, the challenges of adolescence and their increasing independence. It teaches the knowledge and skills which will equip them for the opportunities and challenges of life. Students learn to manage diverse relationships, their online lives, and the increasing influence of peers and the media.
At key stage 4, students deepen knowledge and understanding, extend and rehearse skills, and further explore attitudes, values and attributes acquired during key stage 3. Our PSHE education reflects the fact that students are moving towards an independent role in adult life, taking on greater responsibility for themselves and others.
PSHE education is delivered through dedicated timetabled lessons in Years 7 and 8 and alongside the PRE curriculum in Years 9, 10 and 11. PSHE education is also delivered via tutorial time and assemblies.
Our aim is to ensure that every student leaves with:
- the character and values to become a responsible, caring citizen who is supportive of all others in the community.
- the knowledge of how to build, create and sustain meaningful relationships that lead to social fulfilment.
- the ability to pursue further study or employment in a way that is informed and leads to professional success.
- the understanding of how to live in a healthy way that promotes safety and happiness.
Health and Wellbeing
What do we mean by a healthy lifestyle? Health introduction.
How can I keep healthy? Food groups, diet and nutrition.
Eating responsibly – Food labels and health hazards.
Healthy Living – exercise and keeping active.
Not eating healthily – what are the consequences?
What’s the big deal about energy drinks?
The dangers of cigarettes and passive smoking
Puberty – what happens, when and why?
Periods – what happens, when and why?
FGM – what is this and why is it so dangerous?
Introduction to mental health issues – depression focus.
What are drugs? Why are they dangerous? (class A, B and C)
How can we manage our anger?
Living in the Wider World
Living in the Wider World
Being an aspirational student
The importance of self esteem
How can we budget our money?
How can I create a personal budgeting plan?
What are savings, loans and interest?
What are the different types of financial transactions?
What are the different types of financial products?
How can we shop ethically?
What are wants and needs and why do we need to know the difference?
How can we enjoy social media but keep our accounts safe and private?
What is stereotyping and prejudice? Racism focus.
How can we be resilient and face challenges?
Keeping good friendships and avoiding toxic ones.
Family relationships – the different types and why we don’t always get along.
Love and relationships – falling in love and dealing with new feelings.
Bullying or banter? Why do people bully others and how can we help stop this?
What is cyberbullying? Why do people bully online?
How do we keep safe and positive relationships (on and off-line)?
What is my personal identity and why is diversity important?
Extremism – why does radicalisation happen and how does it challenge our values?