PSHE is personal, social, health and economic education and is an important and necessary part of all students’ education. It is a non-statutory subject and is flexible to meet the needs of students. A key aspect is to equip students with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.
Key Stage 3, pupils build on the skills, attitudes, values, knowledge and understanding they have acquired and developed during the primary phase. PSHE education acknowledges and addresses the changes that young people are experiencing, beginning with transition to secondary school, the challenges of adolescence and their increasing independence. It teaches the skills which will equip them for the opportunities and challenges of life. Pupils are encouraged to manage diverse relationships and the increasing influence of peers and the media.
PSHE education allows them to be more confident in addressing the challenges of effective learning and making a full and active contribution to society. There are 3 core themes which are Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World (including economic wellbeing, careers and the world of work.) All areas are adapted as required to suit pupils’ needs and local priorities.