PSHE & RSE
PSHE is the School’s personal, social, health and economic education, as well as relationships and sex education (RSE). Lessons include university and careers education too.
Our PSHE programme is underpinned by our School aim to equip pupils to lead fulfilled and purposeful lives by providing an all-round education based on Christian values. Pupils learn about the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs.
Many of the lessons in PHSE focus on relationships and sex education (RSE). You can read our RSE policy here.
Study skills, careers and university preparation are threaded through our schemes of work from Year 9 to Year 13.
All PHSE lessons are planned to ensure that respect for people is encouraged and particularly in relation to those with protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010. For example, when teaching about mental health, the issues that impact young people and those who identify as LGBTQ+ may be explored. When exploring discrimination, particular issues that to specific protected characteristics are discussed. You can read more about the School’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion strategy here:
Our PSHE programme provides all pupils with a safe forum for discussion and a place to access information – such as an understanding of the importance of caring about themselves and how to develop and sustain healthy relationships, positive mental health strategies, an awareness of illegal or addictive substances, knowing what to look for in a university, and a whole range of topics in between.
The programme falls broadly under three themes: Health, Relationships & Sex Education and Living in the Wider World. It is a spiral curriculum, structured to ensure that topics are addressed and revisited at age-appropriate moments, so that pupils may build upon their prior learning and understanding. You can see further details of the outline programme below and we adapt this in response to needs throughout each year: PHSE Programme
PSHE lessons are weekly and include discussions, small group workshops and assemblies. Lectures with external specialists also help pupils learn within a wider context.
The guiding principles behind PHSE are embedded within the School’s Values and so are reflected and reinforced throughout all aspects of School life. You can read more about the approach we take in sessions below.
The programme extends to parents and guardians too, with workshops and webinars throughout the year, from advice on supporting good mental and physical health, to minimising anxiety during public examinations, information on effective study skills and higher education applications. We encourage parents and guardians to contact Heads of House, our Hunt Health Centre and Wellbeing Counselling Team for advice and support. If any of the PHSE topics causes you or your child worries or concerns, please contact their tutor or Head of House in the first instance.
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Here are links to helpful national UK websites on the main topics covered. These are suitable for parents, guardians, pupils and staff. In addition, pupils and staff have access to resources on the pastoral area of the School’s intranet.
For more information on PHSE or to discuss our Relationships and Sex Education policy, please contact Louisa Wilkins, Head of PSHE, firstname.lastname@example.org.