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 students to be more confident in addressing the challenges of effective learning and making a full and active contribution to society.
PSHE teaches students how to develop their confidence, self-esteem and emotional intelligence. We particularly focus on developing personal strengths such as organisational skills and social awareness as well as developing healthy boundaries. It is our hope that our pupils leave feeling equipped to enter society; continuing on to either further education or the workplace.
At Keys Stage 3 students follow the WJEC Entry Pathways route in Personal & Social Development.
Pupils undertake modules in the areas of PSD, Humanities, Healthy Living & Fitness, Independent Living and Preparing for Work with the aim to earn an Award for 8 credits or a Certificate for 13+ credits at either Entry Level 2 or Entry Level 3.
Students are also taught Sexual Relationship Education and Drugs Education.
Pupils can expect to show comprehension of topics via written tasks as well as taking part in a range of creative activities including learning computer coding to ‘future proof’ their careers.