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PSHE Staff

  • Mrs J Shaw

PSHE Pupose of study

PSHE education is a planned programme of learning through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives now and in the future. As part of a whole school approach, PSHE education helps to keep pupils healthy and safe, supports their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and prepares them for life and work in modern Britain.


PSHE education provides opportunities for pupils to develop key skills and attributes to keep themselves healthy and safe and to thrive in life and work. These include resilience, self-regulation, managing peer pressure; empathy, communication and negotiation, team-working, adaptability, risk management and critical thinking. Pupils develop these skills and attributes while learning about subjects such as:

· Change and loss: managing transition, adversity and developing resilience; bereavement, separation and divorce.
· Health: healthy lifestyles; mental and emotional health; drug, alcohol and tobacco education.
· Personal finance: savings, debt and budgeting.
· Risk: financial and careers choices; personal safety; internet safety and violent incidents.
· Sex and relationships: developing and maintaining positive relationships; learning about consent; dealing with negative relationships, which may include bullying and sexual violence.

PSHE Attainment targets

PSHE education equips pupils with the knowledge, skills and attributes to live healthy, safe, productive and responsible lives. It encourages them to be enterprising and supports effective transitions, positive career choices and responsible financial management, supports good behaviour, positive mental health and raises attainment.  It also helps schools to perform well in inspections and meet their statutory obligations.

 While PSHE is a non-statutory subject, section 2.5 of the National Curriculum framework states that: ‘All schools should make provision for PSHE, drawing on good practice.’

Along with the National Curriculum framework, the DfE also published guidance on PSHE education, which states that the subject is
‘an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education’ and that: ‘Schools should seek to use PSHE education to build, where appropriate, on the statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum, the basic school curriculum and in statutory guidance on: drug education, financial education, sex and relationship education (SRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.’

The above content has been taken from The National Curriculum in England – December 2014

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