What is PSHE?

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As you are aware your child will be studying one hour of PSHE a week. It’s important that as parents you know exactly what this means and what sort of content this will involve.

What is PSHE education?

Our children are growing up in the most rapidly changing period in our history. This creates complex challenges and new opportunities. PSHE education deals with the real life issues affecting our children, families and communities. It is concerned with the social, health and economic realities of their lives, experiences and attitudes. PSHE education helps all children and young people – the highest achievers as well as the vulnerable and excluded – to achieve their fullest potential.

Why is PSHE education so important?

Because it:

  • Promotes independence and responsibility, preparing children and young people for future roles as parents, employees and leaders.
  • Improves employability by developing the personal and social skills demanded by commerce and industry.
  • Contributes to health and wellbeing, encouraging individual responsibility for health (ultimately reducing cost to the National Health Service).
  • Contributes to the safety and protection of our children and young people.
  • Raises academic performance.

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 (which may include bullying and sexual violence); how to communicate effectively.
  • Health: Healthy lifestyles; healthy eating and exercise; mental and emotional health; drug, alcohol and tobacco education
  • Personal finance: Savings, debt management and budgeting.
  • Risk: Financial and careers choices: personal safety; internet safety and violent incidents.
  • Career choices: Enterprise, business and finance.

As a parent, how can I support my children’s PSHE education?

The personal, social, health and economic development of our children is achieved through partnership between school and family. To support your children you could:

  • Discuss the issues explored in their PSHE lessons.
  • Communicate with tutors and class teachers about any issues your child may be facing.
  • Encourage a healthy lifestyle.
  • Continue to work closely with the school.

If you have any questions about our PSHE programme of study then please don’t hesitate to ask.