Personal, Social, Health & Economic (PSHE) Education
Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education is a school subject through which students develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. It helps them to stay healthy and safe, while preparing them to make the most of life and work. When taught well, PSHE education also helps students to achieve their academic potential.
Most of PSHE education became statutory for all schools from September 2020 under the Children and Social Work Act 2017. At key stages 3 & 4, this includes Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education. We are guided by the updated PSHE Association Programme of Study to ensure we provide a comprehensive programme that integrates, but is not limited to, this statutory content and recognises the need for a broader PSHE programme, which also covers economic wellbeing, careers and enterprise education, as well as education for personal safety, including assessing and managing risk.
The Programme of Study sets out learning opportunities for each key stage, in each core theme, organised under subheadings The learning opportunities are used flexibly to plan our programme according to students’ development, readiness and needs, and taking into account prior learning, experience and understanding.
CORE THEME 1: Health & Wellbeing
- Mental health & emotional wellbeing
- Healthy Lifestyles (KS3)/ Health-related decisions (KS4)
- Drugs, alcohol & tobacco
- Managing risk & personal safety
- Puberty & sexual health (KS3)/ Sexual health & fertility (KS4)
CORE THEME 2: Relationships
- Positive relationships
- Relationship values
- Forming & maintaining respectful relationships
- Contraception & parenthood
- Bullying, abuse & discrimination
- Social influences
CORE THEME 3: Living in the Wider World
- Learning skills
- Choices & pathways
- Work & career
- Employment rights & responsibilities
- Financial choices
- Media literacy and digital resilience