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 (PSHEE) education in the senior school covers three core themes throughout the academic year; Relationships, Health and well-being and Living in the wider world. Relationships and Sex Education is also delivered within the curriculum to further develop pupils’ understanding of health, with an increased focus on risk areas such as drugs and alcohol, as well as introducing knowledge about intimate relationships and sex.
Pupils in Year 7, 8 and 9 study PSHE in weekly lessons and pupils in Year 10 and 11 have PSHE themed day once a term. These are delivered by teaching members of staff using a wealth of resources from the PSHE Association and other support services. We also work with external organisations to enhance delivery of these subjects, bringing in specialist knowledge and different ways of engaging with our young people.
The PSHE curriculum develops the knowledge, skills and attributes young people 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 our pupils to achieve their academic potential, and leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life. PSHE education helps pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. 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.