Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education
We believe that promoting the health and well-being of our students is an important part of their overall education. We do this through our Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) curriculum. This looks at many topics including relationships, physical and emotional health and living in the wider world. The aim of our PSHE course is to help our students make safe and informed decisions during their school years and beyond.
We encourage students to think about personal and social values, to become aware of and involved in the actions and concerns of their community to develop their capacity to be active, effective, and responsible citizens with the life skills and knowledge to transition confidently into young adulthood and employment or training.
The curriculum helps students to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, to identify and manage risks, make informed choices, and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to reflect and shape their personal identities, to understand and value diversity, to identify and regulate complex emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings.
Sex and Relationship Education
Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) is an important part of the PSHE course. We teach lessons about SRE which will include topics such as:
-Forming and Maintaining Respectful Relationships, Online and Offline
-Consent, Law and Coercion
- Identifying and Reporting Abusive Behaviours and Bullying
-Contraception and Risks Related to Unprotected Sex
Some parts of SRE are compulsory - these are part of the National Curriculum for Science such as reproduction and reproductive system, the menstrual cycle, fertilisation and birth including maternal lifestyle influences on the foetus.
We believe that it is important that all young people have a place to discuss prevalent issues, check facts and dispel myths as second-hand information and fake news can be dangerous and misleading. PSHE education aims to equip students with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live safe, healthy, productive lives and meet their full potential.
You may find that your child starts asking questions about the topic at home, or you might want to take the opportunity to talk to your child about issues before the work is covered in school. Students are encouraged to ask questions which will be answered factually and in an age-appropriate manner.
Each pupil's privacy will be respected, and students are never asked to reveal personal information. Students are signposted to relevant support agencies in school and through external support channels if necessary, and safeguarding is advocated in all lessons. If you have any queries about the content of the programme or resources used, please do not hesitate in contacting the school.