PSHE stands for Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education. The curriculum aims to develop the health and wellbeing of a child and is an essential part of developing well rounded pupils who are equipped for their futures.
The subject explores sensitive and often controversial topics however this is always done in a discreet manner to ensure that the pupils are protected, informed and able to make effective choices in their futures.
PSHE is a non-statutory subject. However, it is strongly advised by the government that time is made to address its topics and continued emphasis is being placed on outstanding provision for PSHE teaching. Here are AGGS we feel providing discrete time within the teaching of Citizenship provides an opportunity to address relevant topics. There is a programme of study for both Key Stage 3 and 4.
In short, PSHE education can be described as ‘learning to live life well’. PSHE deals with real life social and economic issues affecting children & young people, their families and communities. It sits particularly well with the teaching of Citizenship as sometimes the topics discussed can correspond.
PSHE in school develops the knowledge, understanding and skills young people need to manage their lives, now and in the future.
Why is PSHE education important?
- It makes a major contribution to the health and achievement of children and young people
- It contributes to the welfare and safety of children and young people
- It underpins young people’s future employability through the development of the personal and social skills which commerce and industry demand from our workforce
- It helps to increase children’s and young people’s independence and ultimately enables them to take responsibility for themselves.
- It prepares them for their future role as parents, employees and leaders.
- It supports the development of reliance and self-awareness through mindfulness.
- PSHE allows pupils to explore issues in a safe environment and to consider the consequences of their actions relating to a range of scenarios.
- Pupils can address sensitive topics such as FGM, Sexual exploitation in a safe and professional environment.
It helps to encourage and build resilience in our pupils for their futures.
What does PSHE education provide for our children and young people?
Opportunities to learn about:
- Relationships: developing and maintaining positive relationships; dealing with negative relationships (such as bullying and domestic violence); communicating effectively; challenging homophobia; sexual health; sexual exploitation.
- Health: healthy lifestyles; healthy eating and exercise; mental and emotional health; drug, alcohol and tobacco education.
- Risk: financial and careers choices; personal safety; internet safety and violent incidents.
- Career choices: enterprise, business and finance.
PSHE education raises academic achievement.
It helps to address barriers that prevent children and young people from learning. Research shows that pupils are more likely to do well at GCSE if they:
- Believe in their own ability.
- Believe that events result primarily from their own behaviour and actions.
- Recognise that school is worthwhile. (They might not always have a positive experience but can still know that it is worthwhile.)
- Aspire to further/higher education or training.
- Avoid risky behaviour, smoking, cannabis use, anti-social behaviour, truancy, suspension, exclusion and do not experience bullying.
Pupils describe PSHE lessons as “fun”, “an opportunity to talk about real and relevant issues” and “you feel safe to talk about issues that might be censored in other classrooms.”