Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way. Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education allows pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. These skills and attributes help pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. PSHE education helps pupils to achieve their academic potential, and leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life. From making responsible decisions about alcohol to succeeding in their first job, PSHE education helps pupils to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up. Pupils will learn to identify and articulate feelings and emotions, learn to manage new or difficult situations positively and form and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of people.
Our PSHE curriculum (key stages 1-5) aims to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, teamworking and critical thinking in the context of three core themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world (including economic wellbeing and aspects of careers education). We want to prepare pupils for the future by encouraging the development of characteristics for life such as a love of learning, resilience, integrity, team work, critical thinking and independence.
The PSHE programme aims to
• develop students’ understanding of the world and of personal, social, health, emotional and citizenship concepts and relevant vocabulary
• provide students with a relevant, age appropriate and broad curriculum
• help students understand issues relating to their own health, personal care, sexual development and relationships.
• enable students to make independent choices
• provide students with strategies to maintain personal wellbeing, promote resilience and equip students with skills to keep themselves and others safe
• promote an atmosphere celebrating equality and diversity
• enable students to form appropriate relationships and give them a sense of dignity and respect for each other.
• develop personal responsibility, self-confidence and assertiveness.
• empower students so they have more control over their own life.
• enhance their self-esteem.
What we teach in the classroom will help our pupils foster lifelong aspirations, goals and values. With this in mind, PSHE education is not just another school subject; it is a chance to give every child and young person an equal opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge they need to thrive now and in the future.
The PSHE Curriculum is adapted and updated each year to meet individual and year group needs through student, staff and parent feedback. It takes a spiral approach, gradually revisiting topics at a deeper level at each key stage or year group, whilst rehearsing, emphasising and embedding the essential skills and attributes young people need to manage their lives, both now and in the future.