Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an important part of a pupils education. It prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life outside the classroom. It also builds the ‘soft skills’ that employers consistently ask for in their employees.
The programme of study is based on three core themes:
- Health and Wellbeing
- Living in the Wider World
Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9)
Pupils are taught to think about their place in the world and their role as a citizen; this includes consideration of their rights and responsibilities within the community and discussion of how everyone can make a difference. They learn about their political system, the workings of Parliament, the legal system and the United Nations, as well as other international bodies.
The topics develop as the pupil progresses through the school, considering a wide range of topics and issues to help to prepare them for the future.
Year 7 Citizenship
- The work of Parliament and the role of an MP
- The importance of voting and the struggle that both working men and women had to achieve universal suffrage
- The lawmaking process and the courts system.
Year 7 PSHE
- Personal well being – including your feelings and any anxieties or worries as you move to secondary school
- Keeping Healthy – including healthy eating and the importance of exercise
- Social education – including your values and responsibilities.
Year 8 PSHE
- You and your money – including budgeting and you as a consumer
- Becoming an active citizen – including your rights under the law and global issues
- Keeping healthy – including dealing with issues surrounding drugs and smoking.
Year 9 PSHE
- You and your feelings – including self esteem and healthy friendships
- You and your safety – including contraception and safer sex, drinking and alcohol.
- Social education – including you and the community and voicing opinions
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 to 11)
PSHE is not a GCSE subject, but it continues in Years 10 and 11 and is enhanced with a programme of careers advice and insights, work experience, enterprise day and guest speakers.
- Economic and financial capability – including managing your money and financing businesses
- Social education – including human rights and challenging offensive behaviour
- Personal well being – including thinking ahead and planning your future.
- Keeping healthy – including managing stress and dealing with depression
- Becoming an active citizen – including the UK’s role in the world and global challenges
- Revision skills and time management.