PSHE Education

Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education


Passion for PSHEE&C

Students who study PSHEE&C at Standish Community High School will leave with a passion for exploring major issues and developments within the UK today that relate to their future. The discussion based learning with form tutors will allow students to feel comfortable when discussing and debating social issues. Through communication with parents and other stakeholders, every party will feel like they are part of the learning journey for our students. Through gritty and exciting topics students will develop an awareness of their place in an ever changing world.

Personal Development

Students will become critical thinkers in the tasks and problems that they are set, driven by real life situations filled with controversy, conflict and emotion.  Controversial topics such as drug and alcohol use, anti-social behaviour and SRE will challenge students’ moral compass and provide them with an explicit awareness of the importance of tolerance, mutual respect and diversity in society. Student character and confidence will be built through sharing and debate. Through the spiritual, moral, social and cultural education in PSHEE&C they will be able to celebrate their uniqueness in a multicultural Britain.

Broad and Deep Knowledge

Standish students studying PSHEE&C will be given the opportunity to challenge their world views and to develop an awareness of the systems and laws that will impact their future plans. Students will be tasked with questioning current scenarios like knife crime, rules relating to SRE and potential problems linked to finance and “young money”. With the aid of outside speakers with the right expertise, students will be given knowledge that will impact on their own lives. Deeper questions will challenge ideals on terrorism, bullying and human rights, stimulating our students to think outside the box and to empathise with others.

Skills for the Future

The skills developed by Standish students will create confident individuals who are able develop their own personal viewpoints. Through interesting and topical-subjects, students will be given the tools to deal with potential scenarios they or their peers may encounter in real life situations. Students will build life skills such as teamwork, communication and resilience through tasks and challenges in the curriculum. Students will be prepared to leave school with the knowledge on how to deal with an emergency, the value of self-worth and why their mental health is just as important as their physical health.

What is PSHE education?

Personal, Social, Health and Economic education is a planned programme of learning opportunities and experiences that help children and young people grow and develop as individuals and as members of families and of social and economic communities.

Why is PSHE education important to children and young people?

PSHE education equips children and young people with knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive, fulfilled, capable and responsible lives. It encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in managing their finances effectively. PSHE education also enables children and young people 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.

What should be taught?

PSHE education is described in two new, interrelated programmes of study for both Key Stages 3 and 4: one for personal well-being and one for economic well-being and financial capability.

Personal well-being draws together personal, social and health education, including sex education, the social and emotional aspects of learning, while economic well-being draws together economic understanding, careers education, enterprise, financial capability and work-related learning.

What is the relationship between PSHE education and personal development?

PSHE education contributes to personal development by helping children and young people to build their personal identities, confidence and self-esteem, make career choices and understand what influences their decisions including financial ones. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help them to form and maintain good relationships, and better enjoy and manage their lives.

What is the relationship between SEAL and PSHE education?

SEAL contributes to personal development by promoting social and emotional aspects of learning. It provides a framework and some ideas for teaching social and emotional skills within discrete lessons, across subjects and outside the classroom. PSHE education provides an invaluable contribution to learning the social and emotional skills that are identified in SEAL which is covered in Years 7 and 8 through the Grange Enders scheme of work.

Units Covered

Year 7 Overview

  • Introduction Lessons (Getting to Know You)
  • Grange Enders
  • Keeping Safe Online
  • Health and Well Being
  • Drugs
  • The Law
  • Study Skills
  • Your Values
  • Bullying
  • Puberty
  • Sex and Relationships Education

Year 8 Overview

  • Friendships
  • Grange Enders
  • Human Rights (Citizenship)
  • Alcohol
  • You and Your Body
  • Mental Health
  • Money Matters
  • Bereavement and Separation
  • The Media
  • You as a Citizen

Year 9 Overview

  • Crime and Punishment
  • Tolerance and Diversity
  • Risky Situations
  • Options
  • Careers
  • Anti-social Behaviour
  • Finance
  • Media
  • Eating Disorders
  • Homophobia and FGM

Year 10 Overview

  • Alcohol
  • Sexual Education
  • HIV/Tolerance and Diversity
  • Human Rights
  • Visits to/Information About Colleges

Year 11 Overview

  • Personal Statement
  • UCAS Training
  • Media
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • College Applications
  • Mock Forms
  • Sexual Educations
  • Mental Health
  • Interview Prep

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