The Government’s review of Personal, Social, Health and Economic education concluded in March 2013, stating that the subject would remain non-statutory and that no new programmes of study would be published. The Department for Education (DfE) has, however, stated in section 2.5 of the national curriculum framework that “all schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice”
Our programme of study identifies the key concepts and skills that underpin PSHE education and help schools fulfil their statutory responsibility to support pupils’ spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
This programme of study is based on three core themes of our vision within which there will be broad overlap and flexibility:
1. Excellence in all and for all
2. Taking Christ as the model for life
3. Strive to create community
Purpose of study
PSHE education is a planned, developmental programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future.
As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of the Church and of wider society.
The PSHE education programme makes a significant contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural (SMSC) development, their behaviour and safety and the school’s statutory and canonical responsibility to promote pupils’ wellbeing.
PSHE education equips pupils with knowledge, understanding, skills and strategies required to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. It encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic wellbeing. A critical component of PSHE education is providing opportunities for 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. PSHE education contributes to personal development by helping pupils build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. 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 pupils to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better manage their lives.
The overarching aim for PSHE education is to provide pupils with:
There are no attainment targets for PSHE education. Opportunities for both Assessment for Learning and Assessment of Learning are built into provision. Assessments will encompass teacher, peer and self-assessment.
The three overlapping and linked “Core Themes”, expressed as areas of core knowledge, understanding, language, skills and strategies, and taught in accordance with pupils’ readiness, are appropriate across all Key Stages. It is important to recognise that many decisions about both health and lifestyle are made in a social context or are influenced by the attitudes, values and beliefs of significant others.
PSHE education prepares pupils for both their futures and their present day-to-day lives. It is essential that pupils have the opportunity to recognise and reflect on how learning is relevant to them and can be applied in their own lives. PSHE education has a rich body of knowledge taught through topics. Learners need to “know about…. “, understand….”, and also “be able to …”