Overall Purpose of the Subject - Summary:

PSHE education is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives. As part of a whole school approach, PSHE develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

PSHE is delivered through planned lessons time, Tutor Time activities and themed activity days (which includes external visitors).

Course Outline and Structure - Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, PSHE is studied in one lesson per week. The course follows the statutory guidance for PSHE. There are two key areas of learning in PSHE: economic well-being (careers, finance and enterprise) and personal well-being (health and relationships, including SRE - Sex and Relationships Education). These key areas cover the three core themes of Health and Wellbeing, Living in the Wider World and Relationships, Sex and Health.

The aim of the course is to provide a 'spiral programme' that introduces new and more challenging learning, while building on what has gone before, which reflects and meets the personal developmental needs of the students. Opportunities are provided to make real decisions about their lives, to take part in activities which simulate adult choices and where they can demonstrate their ability to take responsibility for their decisions. Lessons provide a safe and supportive learning environment where students can develop the confidence to ask questions, challenge the information they are offered, draw on their own experience, express their views and opinions and put what they have learned into practice in their own lives.

Course Outline and Structure - Key Stage 4                        

At Key Stage 4, PSHE is delivered in a variety of ways in addition to lessons. This includes themed activity days, such Faith, Philosophy and Ethics, work experience and presentations from local Post 16 providers. Topics that relate to economic and personal well-being form an important part of lesson time with broad cross curricular links.

The PSHE programme links to other whole school approaches such as pastoral support, and provides a setting where the responsible choice becomes the easy choice.

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