The PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) and Citizenship programme is designed to:
- meet the statutory requirements (sex education and careers)
- develop students’ understanding and skills to be healthy, safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution and maintain emotional well-being
- promote young people’s well-being (physical and mental health, emotional, social and economic, education, training and recreation and protection from harm and neglect)
- develop students’ core skills such as communication, leadership, working with others and exploring other cultures and beliefs
If we are successful our students will be:
- able to develop and learn to live life well
- confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
- responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society
- independent thinkers able to formulate their own personal opinions and able to participate in activities in school and the local community
- The lessons are delivered to KS3 (Years 7 and 8) once a fortnight. KS4 (Year 9) also once a fortnight. Year 10 and 11 will participate in drop down days
- External workshops and practitioners are regularly used. For example, we work with Drugs Link to support students in understanding the dangers of drugs and alcohol abuse; ‘Behind Closed Doors’ aims to educate students on healthy relationships and the warning signs of domestic abuse. Billy’s Wish educates students on the dangers of carrying knives and the devastating effects of knife crime (this has been supported recently by a visit from the police who gave an assembly to students on the seriousness of this issue).
- All students develop key transferable skills
Life in Modern Britain
PSHE explores the fundamental British values of students understanding different cultures, beliefs, current topics and themes in society. PSHE students develop an understanding of identity and different values, and lessons enable students to gain an understanding in a safe and respectful manner. A current scheme of work in Year 7 explores the question 'What is Britishness?' enabling students to consider the current society they live in and what makes them who they are. Students are able to acquire a general knowledge and respect for the law through a scheme of work that focuses on 'Crime'. Students are challenged in their own personal opinions and behaviours to maintain a high standard of the values and tolerance.
PSHE Co-ordinator, Miss C McIntyre