Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) is a programme of learning opportunities and experiences that help children and young people to grow and develop as individuals, as members of families and of social and economic communities.
The PSHE programme aims to deliver all or some of the personal development aspects of the curriculum including:
- Personal Financial Education
- Careers Education Guidance
- Work Related Learning and Enterprise (at Key Stage 4)
Key Stages 3 and 4 (Years 7-11)
All year groups have lessons covering the following topics for PSHE:
- Image and Health
- Sex and Relationships Education
- Staying Safe
- Healthy lifestyles
Additional targeted lessons include subjects such as anti-bullying, e-safety, mental health awareness, protective behaviours and knife safety. Year 7 students also complete a unit on transition during their first term.
The PSHE programme is delivered in weekly, 50 minute sessions by Form Tutors. School nurses deliver some of the sex and relationships education to students in years 9 and 10.
At Key Stage 3, the programme of study aims to develop students to be confident and understanding members of society. They are taught the importance of being responsible citizens, both in terms of personal safety and health issues, and in being members of a wider community.
At Key Stage 4, the programme of study aims to prepare students for a more adult role both within the College and the wider community. Students are given more opportunity to take responsibility for their own learning and to research the further education or employment options open to them. They continue to look at spiritual, moral and cultural issues which will be part of their adult lives, and the importance of being able to express their opinion whilst accepting differences that others may have.