What is PSHE?

PSHE stands for personal, social and health education and is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.

As part of a whole school approach, PSHE develops the qualities and attributes students need to thrive as individuals and members of our community.

The benefits to students of such an approach are numerous as PSHE prepares them to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in such rapidly changing and challenging times. It also helps them to connect and apply the knowledge and understanding they learn in all subjects to practical, real-life situations while helping them to feel safe and secure enough to fulfil their academic potential.

PSHE contributes to personal development by helping students to build their personal identities, confidence and self-esteem, make career choices and understand what influences their decisions including finances. Developing self-understanding, empathy and the ability to work with others will help students to enjoy healthy and productive relationships in all aspects of their lives.

How is PSHE delivered?

The core themes covered in PSHE come under three main headings:

1. Health and well-being

2. Relationships

3. Living in a wider world

Students complete a holistic PSHE curriculum weekly during morning registration periods with their tutor group. This enables their tutor to assess students’ knowledge and understanding in PSHE and make an informed judgement about their progress together with numeracy and literacy development. It also enables tutors to ascertain any areas of improvement required for tutees, which can then be developed further through intervention and support by the Learning Recovery Centre.

Together with this, three Ignite Days are included in the Academy calendar where students have a collapsed timetable for the day. In this programme the students develop their knowledge and understanding within a particular PSHE focus. Ignite Days allow students to look at areas of the PSHE curriculum in greater detail and this is personalised to year groups to support those topics that students need to consider at different stages of their lives.

Students also have opportunities to develop within PSHE through weekly assemblies, specific intervention provided by the Learning Recovery Centre and whole school initiatives such as Anti Bullying Week, International Day of Peace, Environment Day, Black History Month, Fair Trade, Work Experience and the Careers Fair.

The progress made by students is in line with the expected learning outcomes that can be found in the following websites: