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Personal, Social and Health Education (PHSE), Citizenship, Sex and Relationships Education

PERSONAL, SOCIAL AND HEALTH EDUCATION (PHSE)

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is an essential part of the whole school curriculum and is seen as an important component in the life of each student. It is designed to encourage the development of the complete person: aesthetic and creative, human, social, literary, moral, physical and spiritual.

This is a whole-school approach administered through the curriculum and the pastoral system. The tutorial system allows for a focus on various areas including study skills, drugs education, health education, the influence of the media etc. 

Students also follow the skills/teachings of the Resilience Programme. This is covered in curriculum areas and is designed to encourage the students to become involved in 'real world' issues.

CITIZENSHIP

Citizenship is taught as part of the PSHE Curriculum at both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. It gives students the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in society at local, national and international levels and encourages students to play a helpful part in the life of their school, neighbourhood, community and the wider world. 

Citizenship also teaches students about Britain’s economy and democratic institutions and values. It encourages respect for different nationalities, religions and ethnic identities, and develops students’ ability to reflect on issues and take part in discussions. 

SEX AND RELATIONSHIPS EDUCATION

Sex and relationships education is a statutory requirement and is part of the PSHE programme.

At KS3 this deals with the biological study of human reproduction from conception to birth and parent care. The physical and emotional changes associated with growing up and relationships are considered and contraception is dealt with simply and openly.

At KS4 Sex Education is developed with reference to relationships, aspects of health and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. Guest speakers (where appropriate) are invited to discuss the various topics with students.

Inevitably, some aspects of Sex Education will be met in other subject areas such as Science, English and Religious Education.

Great importance is placed upon responsibility, understanding and sensitivity to others.  In line with Department for Education guidelines, we are careful to provide correct information and dispel myths in accordance with the professional discretion of the teacher.