Personal, social, health and citizenship education (PSHCE) helps pupils to lead confident, healthy and responsible lives as individuals and members of society. Through work in lesson time and a wide range of activities across and beyond the curriculum, pupils gain practical knowledge and skills to help them live healthily and deal with the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues they face as they approach adulthood. PSHCE gives pupils opportunities to reflect on their experiences and how they are developing. It helps them to understand and manage responsibly a wider range of relationships as they mature, and to show respect for the diversity of, and differences between, people. It also develops pupils’ well-being and self-esteem, encouraging belief in their ability to succeed and enabling them to take responsibility for their learning.
The school aims to deliver a co-ordinated and structured PSHCE programme, which demonstrates continuity and progression. Themes include: self development; drugs, alcohol and tobacco education; sex and relationships education; cyber safety; careers education; financial awareness; healthy lifestyles; relationships (including bullying and cyber-bullying); diversity; and rights and responsibilities.
Although some lessons may require written work to be completed, lessons are predominantly based around discussions and debates, giving pupils a chance to develop the skills of: listening and responding to different points of view and articulating ideas and opinions.