PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education
Head of PSHCE
Mrs C Thwaites firstname.lastname@example.org
PSHCE is the curriculum subject that deals with real-life issues affecting our children, families and communities. It’s concerned with the social, health and economic realities of their lives, experiences and attitudes including relationships. It supports pupils to be healthy (mentally and physically), safe (online and offline) and equipped to thrive in their relationships and careers.
Why is PSHCE Important?
- Contributes to physical and mental health and wellbeing, encouraging individual responsibility for health
- Contributes to the safety and protection of our children and young people, from staying safe online to understanding risks associated with drugs and alcohol and knowing the law surrounding these topics
- Contributes to the information young people need to help them develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds, not just intimate relationships, and know boundaries within the law
- Promotes independence, resilience and responsibility — preparing children and young people for future roles as parents, employees and leaders
- Supports employability by developing the personal and social skills demanded by commerce and industry
- Supports pupils to be critical consumers of information and develops the skills to identify misleading news or views on social media and elsewhere
Parents’ and carers’ support is important to the success of our PSHCE programme. Pupils are encouraged to talk about the curriculum with parents and carers.
At Key Stage 3 and 4 discrete PSHCE lessons are taught by a specialised team of teachers. Other subject areas contribute to certain topics such as biology in Science and aspects of relationship and health education arise in RS, English, Drama, PE and Food Technology.
PSHCE lessons cover a wide range of topics and curriculum areas based on the three core themes of:
Health and Wellbeing
Living in the Wider World
Health Education aims to give your child the information they need to make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing, to recognise issues in themselves and others, and to seek support as early as possible when issues arise.
- Mental Wellbeing
- Internet safety and harms
- Physical health and fitness
- Healthy Eating
- Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
- Health and prevention
- Basic first aid
- Changing adolescent body
Relationship Education aims to give young people the information they need to help them develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds. They will explore what healthy and unhealthy relationships look like and what makes a good friend, colleague and successful marriage or committed relationship.
At the appropriate time, the focus will move to developing intimate relationships, to equip your child with the knowledge they need to make safe, informed and healthy choices as they progress through adult life.
- Secondary transition
- Friendship, including respectful relationships
- Online Media
- Being safe
- Intimate and sexual relationships, including sexual health
Living in the wider world aims to teach our young people how to be responsible citizens and possess the skills needed for the future. Pupils will learn about careers and other work-related learning aspects including citizenship and financial management.