PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)
To navigate our ever-changing world successfully and safely, pupils require the skills and knowledge necessary to flourish and succeed in their personal and academic lives both now and in the future. This is where PSHE is vital.
PSHE education equips students with the knowledge, understanding, skills and strategies required to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. It encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic well-being.
A critical component of PSHE education is providing opportunities for students to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.
The PSHE curriculum is split into 3 main themes:
- health and well-being
- relationships (including sex education)
- living in the wider world.
RSE (Relationships and Sex Education)
Relationships and Sex Education is compulsory for all pupils receiving secondary education.
The intent of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is to give students the information they need to help them develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds. RSE enables them to know what a healthy relationship looks like and what makes a good friend, a good colleague and a successful committed relationship.
RSE includes what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour in relationships to help students to understand the positive effects that good relationships can have on their mental wellbeing, identify when relationships are not right and understand how such situations can be managed.
RSE supports students in developing resilience, to know how and when to ask for help, and where to access support.
The five main topics covered in the RSE curriculum are:
- Respectful relationships, including friendships.
- Online and media.
- Being safe.
- Intimate and sexual relationships, including sexual health.