PSHEE is Personal, Social, Health and Economics Education. It aims to help pupils to lead confident, healthy and responsible lives as individuals and members of society.
The programmes of study in PSHEE help pupils to:
- deal with the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues they face as they approach adulthood
- recognise and celebrate British values
- reflect on their experiences and how they are developing
- understand and manage responsibly a wider range of relationships as they mature
- show respect for the differences between people
- enhance their emotional well-being and self-esteem, encouraging belief in their ability to succeed
- acquire healthy habits to keep themselves and others safe
- take responsibility for their learning and future choice of courses and career
- understand the responsibilities of individuals, groups and organisations in playing active parts as members of a democratic society
PSHEE has links with all areas of the curriculum and supports the pastoral care and mentoring of pupils across the school. It is also explicitly taught in one half-hour
lesson a week. It covers three key themes:
- health and wellbeing
- living in the wider world
PSHEE at Lambeth Road follows a two-year rotation of topics for Years 2-5. Within the ‘relationships’ theme, pupils study: looking at getting along and falling out, safe and healthy relationships, and disability and diversity. Topics relating to the ‘living in the wider world’ theme include: flexible thinking, managing emotions, beating distractions and Brain Box strategies. The ‘health and wellbeing’ component of the PSHEE course includes: healthy lifestyles, going for goals, and safety. Year 5 pupils also have a transitions unit in the summer term.
PSHEE lessons in Causton Street look at the same three key themes twice over the academic year. The lessons cover different topics, that increase in complexity as the students gain age and maturity. For example, the ‘health and wellbeing’ topics include: keeping safe personal safety, road safety, alcohol and drug misuse, mental health, wellbeing and body image. The ‘living in the wider world’ topics include: challenging career stereotypes, raising aspirations, disability discrimination including specific learning difficulties (SpLD) issues we may face and making ethical financial decisions. The ‘relationships’ part of the course covers: exploring family life, what is sexuality?, anti-bullying including cyber, tackling racism, religious discrimination homophobia, transphobia and sexism.
The curriculum is supported by visits from external speakers, workshops and theatre groups, looking at a range of issues, from ‘road safety’ in Year 7 to ‘managing relationships’ in Years 10 and 11.
Topics are introduced in assemblies, and weekend challenges are set fortnightly to support the work within PSHEE lessons. The termly House Competition themes also link to the PSHEE topics.