Personal, Social & Health Education
Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE) is interwoven right through the core of our school community. We believe as a school that we cover these important topics in every aspect of our curriculum; however we do pride ourselves in delivering stand-alone opportunities during our PSHE sessions. All pupils in our school receive one PSHE session on their timetable.
PSHE helps pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain. The scheme of work we follow was developed by the Healthy Schools Partnership and Health Education Partnership (HEP). Our scheme of work aims to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team working and critical thinking in the context of learning grouped into three core themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world.
Under new Government proposals, all pupils will study compulsory health education as well as new reformed relationships education in primary school and relationships and sex education in secondary school. Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) is taught within the personal, social, and health Education (PSHE) curriculum. Biological aspects of SRE are taught within the science curriculum, and other aspects are included in religious education (RE). Pupils in year 9 and across KS4 also receive stand-alone sex education sessions delivered by a trained health professional from the school nursing team each year if they have suitable availability.
As a school we notify parents by letter when particular aspects of sex and relationships education is taught and all parents have the right to withdraw their child from all or part of the programme. If a parent wishes their child to be withdrawn from sex education lessons, they should discuss this with the head teacher, and make it clear which aspects of the programme they do not wish their child to participate in. The school will then support the child in any way in which the parents desire, either way the school always complies with the wishes of parents in this regard. Parents have the rights to withdraw their children from the non-statutory, non-science components of SRE. The SRE policy along with the PSHE scheme of work is available on the school website and printed copies can be made available upon request.