Personal, Social, Health & Economic (PSHE) education is a planned programme of learning though which pupils acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. There is growing evidence to suggest that the skills and attributes acquired through PSHE education have a significant impact on students’ academic achievement, employability and future life chances.

The PSHE programme at Malden Oaks responds to the individual learning needs of the students and local circumstances, as well as comprehensively fulfilling our PSHE related statutory obligations.

There are three core themes with broad overlap and flexibility between topics and areas in each:

Core Theme 1: Health & Wellbeing

  • How to manage transition
  • How to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing
  • How to make informed choices about health and wellbeing matters including drugs, alcohol and tobacco; maintaining a balanced diet; physical activity; mental and emotional health and wellbeing; and sexual health
  • About parenthood and the consequences of teenage pregnancy
  • How to assess and manage risks to health; and to keep themselves and others safe
  • How to identify and access help, advice and support
  • How to respond in an emergency, including administering first aid
  • The role and influence of the media on lifestyle

Core Theme 2: Relationships

  • How to develop and maintain a variety of healthy relationships within a range of social/cultural contexts and to develop parenting skills
  • How to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships
  • How to deal with risky or negative relationships including all forms of bullying (including the distinct challenges posed by online bullying) and abuse, sexual and other violence and online encounters
  • About the concept of consent in a variety of contexts (including in sexual relationships)
  • About managing loss including bereavement, separation and divorce
  • To respect equality and be a productive member of a diverse community
  • How to identify and access appropriate advice and support

Core Theme 3: Living in the Wider World (Economic Wellbeing, Careers and the World of Work)

  • About rights and responsibilities as members of diverse communities, as active citizens and participants in the local and national economy
  • How to make informed choices and be enterprising and ambitious
  • How to develop employability, team working and leadership skills and develop flexibility and resilience
  • About the economic and business environment
  • How personal financial choices can affect oneself and others and about rights and responsibilities as consumers