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Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) forms an integral part of your son’s education.
PSHE contributes to providing a broad and balanced curriculum which meets pupils’ needs and prepares them for the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities of adult life. Through PSHE pupils will build emotional resilience, life and social skills, and will develop the qualities and attributes they need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. PSHE also helps pupils to connect and apply the knowledge and understanding they learn in all subjects to practical, real-life situations while helping them to feel safe and secure enough to fulfil their potential.
Schools have statutory responsibilities in relation to promoting pupil wellbeing, safeguarding and community cohesion, as well as promoting the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils at the school and ensuring that pupils engage with fundamental British values. PSHE plays an important part in fulfilling all of these responsibilities.
KS3 pupils are taught one hour of PSHE each fortnight. All PSHE lessons are based around the following key concepts: identity; relationships; lifestyle; risk and safety; diversity and equality; rights, responsibilities and consent; change and resilience; power; and careers.
In year 7 PSHE pupils will learn about themselves and others in their class. They will learn how to deal with change, build resilience in their new school and how to work with other people effectively. Pupils will also learn about puberty, building on what they may have been taught during KS2 to gain an understanding of how to manage changes in their bodies and their lives. Pupils will be asked to consider different types of relationship and how relationships might change through divorce or bereavement. Finally, pupils will learn about identity and belonging in relation to active citizenship, local communities and multicultural society.
In year 8 pupils will build upon previous learning about themselves and others and consider what might affect someone’s self-esteem and how the media might influence young people. Following this, pupils will learn about eating disorders, personal hygiene, budgeting, cyber-bullying and the risks of alcohol and smoking. Pupils are introduced to sex education in year 8, considering intimacy and readiness for sex, as well as learning about different forms of contraception. Pupils will also learn about rights and responsibilities and how to challenge prejudice and discrimination.
In year 9 pupils will be introduced to more controversial and difficult topics. They will learn about sexual health, gender identity and mental and emotional health. They will also learn about the social and personal risks of taking drugs and the dangers of gangs, knife crime and gambling. They are taught about consent and consider what might be deemed an unhealthy relationship. Pupils will also be taught about how the media portrays sex and impacts upon sexuality. In year 9 they will also consider what career might suit them and be given support and guidance with their GCSE options. Finally, year 9 pupils learn about human rights, intolerance and the risks of extremism for young people.
Ms K Harvey
Lead PSHE teacher