Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education
At Charterhouse we go beyond the statutory responsibility to our pupils, ensuring that over the course of their two or five years at the School pupils take part in a well-rounded and comprehensive programme which supports their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development. Through a series of assemblies, workshops and tutorials, we challenge preconceptions and stigma, build resilience and most importantly we provide the information and the toolkit to enable pupils to choose to live a happy and healthy life.
The content of pupils’ personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education falls broadly under three themes: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. The programme is delivered by a combination of expert outside speakers, Hunt Health Centre staff and tutors, as well as being reinforced during lessons, sports and activities and in Houses. At the start of each academic year, parents will receive a letter detailing the content of their son or daughter’s PSHE programme.
Pupils are encouraged to continue discussions prompted by the PSHE programme outside of the formal sessions. This can include conversation and debate with their tutors, peers and housemates in School, but also with their family and friends outside of School.
PSHE Support for Parents
To help parents and guardians feel more confident and knowledgeable about the topics covered in the PSHE programme, a series of quarterly Parent Talks are arranged. The 2015-2016 programme will cover Online Safety in the OQ, Mental Health in the Spring Term and Alcohol in the Summer Term.
In addition, further information, resources and links can be found below.
Pupils are encouraged to develop a strong sense of Social Responsibility throughout their time at Charterhouse. Alongside the example being set by the School and all teachers, pupils are guided through formal workshops, tutorials and assemblies which reflect our high expectations of them. These allow the pupils to learn about their moral, legal and financial responsibilities in an appropriately safe and comfortable environment. A series of teacher-facilitated, pupil-led Make a Difference workshops for Year 12 provokes discussion of some complex issues faced by teenagers today.
Mental health problems pose a serious risk for young adults. There are some steps that can be taken to promote good mental health, though it is important that all pupils know how they can access help, or indeed support others in getting the help they need. Year 9s attend workshops in House groups to tackle stigma which can surround mental health problems, which is reinforced during assemblies in Year 9, 10 and 12 and in tutorials for all pupils.
The boarding environment teaches pupils a lot about looking after their own physical health. This is supplemented in a variety of ways, including sessions for Year 9 pupils on making Healthy Choices in their diet and lifestyle and workshops for Year 11 boys on Testicular Cancer run by the Hunt Health Centre; discussion of Sun Safety with tutors and a presentation by the charity CoppaFeel on breast cancer for Year 12 girls.
All pupils discuss Harmful Substances with tutors during the Summer Term. In addition, visiting professionals speak to Year 9 about Smoking, Year 10 about Alcohol and to Year 11 about Drugs. The Hunt Health Centre runs follow up sessions in small groups with all pupils to reinforce some of those messages. There are also House-group sessions with Year 11 where a semi-structured, open-forum discussion on Harmful Substances is used to allow pupils to ask any questions they may have.
Higher Education and Careers advice are very capably and comprehensively run as a separate department. Under the PSHE umbrella, it is therefore important to ensure that pupils have the financial skills required for entering the working world. All pupils will discuss various aspects of working and managing money with their tutors. Pupils in year 11 and 12 have more focused sessions where they learn about budgeting and other aspects of financial aptitude.
Relationships and Sex
Age appropriate information is provided to pupils through workshops, discussions and assemblies. More information is provided to parents of current pupils.
Parents who wish to withdraw their child from the School’s Sex and Relationships Education programme should contact the Head of PSHE.
In their first year at Charterhouse, Year 9 pupils participate in a comprehensive programme of workshops and talks which make them aware of the hazards posed by social media sites and other online communication. Through case studies, debate and discussion, assemblies and study of relevant laws and regulations, pupils in all years are kept up to date with and alerted to the issues surrounding Online Safety.
If you would like any further information please contact:
Miss A Hoek