Personal, social, health and economic education is a planned programme to help children and young people develop fully as individuals and as members of families and social and economic communities. Effective PSHE education is intended to help equip them with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthily, safely, productively and responsibly. In addition, the learning provided through a comprehensive PSHE provision is an essential to safeguarding pupils.
PSHE is timetabled on a twice half-termly basis, supported with form time sessions and some aspects are covered cross-curricularly through other subjects .Students are taught in their form rooms by their form tutor. This enables students and staff to develop supportive relationships with each other which is key to the delivery of outstanding PSHE lessons. Ground rules are established at the beginning of each year in order to provide a safe and supportive environment in which sensitive issues can be delivered and discussed. Lessons have an active learning approach and can include discussions, debates, role plays and presentations.
The Department for Education is introducing compulsory Relationships Education for primary pupils and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) for secondary pupils from September 2020. Also, from September 2020 it will be compulsory for all schools to teach Health Education.
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The PSHE scheme of work is spiral in nature and builds on previous learning. The core themes that are covered across Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 are -