Personal, Social, Health and Economics Education (PSHEE)
PSHEE is Personal, Social, Health and Economics Education and is taught across all year groups. It aims to help students lead healthy and responsible lives as both confident individuals secure in their own skin and as productive members of society.
PSHEE has links with all areas of the curriculum and is embedded within the pastoral care and mentoring program across the school. It is also explicitly taught in a one hour lesson a week. It covers three key themes: health and wellbeing, living in the wider world and relationships.
The PSHEE provision helps students 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 lessons in the senior school 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.
The ‘health and wellbeing’ topics include keeping safe -personal safety, road safety, alcohol and drug misuse, mental health, wellbeing and body image.
‘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 such as IcanandIam (I Can & I Am (icanandiam.com) and the RAP project (The Rap Project – Raising Awareness & Prevention)
Topics are introduced in assemblies, and weekend challenges are set to support the work within PSHEE lessons. The termly House Competition themes also link to the PSHEE topics.
Our curriculum is governed by the Department for Education (DfE). To view more on this, click on the links below:
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