Welcome to the PSHEE department
PSHEE stands for Personal, Social, Health, Economic Education. It is essentially about helping our pupils to become well rounded, informed young people who will be able to cope in the 21st century. PSHEE also includes Careers Education, Citizenship and the new statutory RSE (relationships and Sex education) curriculum.
Citizenship Education helps to enable children and young people to make their own informed decisions and take responsibility for their own lives and their communities. It aims to raise awareness of their own, and other people’s, rights and responsibilities as citizens including both the social and political world. Citizenship Education highlights issues such as the welfare of others, and enables young people to be knowledgeable and articulate in reflecting upon their opinions and arguments, helping them to become increasingly active and responsible in their communities, supporting them in realising their capability of having an influence on the world. Citizenship Education assists schools in promoting the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty; furthering mutual respect, appreciation and harmony between people with different faiths, beliefs, cultures and traditions.
As a department we wholly agree with this quote:
“It is vitally important that all children and young people have access to good quality PSHE in schools that supports their developmental goals and enables them to successfully negotiate health risk behaviours and develop positive personal attributes… PSHE at school is an important part of the way in which schools can contribute to improving resilience and health among children...”
The Chief Medical Officer continued, and described PSHE education as: “a subject that forms a bridge between health and education by building resilience and wellbeing.”
Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health
PSHEE is mainly delivered through tutor time, lessons in Year 7 & 9 and impact days. The department aims to have a coherent and progressive programme of experiences which will contribute to pupils’ personal, social development and wellbeing. This will impact upon all areas of school life; not just the formal curriculum, but also upon extra-curricular activities, partnerships with the local community, links with external agencies and all that contributes to a positive school ethos.
PSHE is a National Curriculum, although a non- statutory subject which contains several specialist and statutory areas. The main areas of specialism are: Drug Education, Economic Well-being and Financial Capability, Emotional Health and Wellbeing, Staying Safe and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), and Healthy Eating/Healthy Lifestyles.
Through-out years 7-11 PSHEE addresses issues such as:
- mental health including self-worth and aspiration
- positive relationships (RSE)
- drugs – inc alcohol and tobacco
- healthy eating/ physical activity
- LGBTQ+ equalities and inclusion
- Economic Wellbeing and Financial Capability
- safety including Esafety
- Careers, work-related learning and decision making/ options
RSE by definition is Relationships and Sex education. Much like Citizenship RSE focuses on giving our pupils the information they need to help them develop safe, healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds. At RHSC it is about the physical, emotional and social development of our pupils, keeping them safe in the modern world. RSE involves learning about relationships, sex including sexual health, sexuality including diversity and personal identity, healthy lifestyles, emotions and signposting. RSE will be delivered during PSHEE lessons, Pastoral 50 in Year 11 and also ‘impact’ off timetable sessions delivered by school staff or outside agencies. For more information please see the RSE policy.
As a department we believe that we should make our pupils feel as supported as possible and informed so that they can make the right decisions in their life.
There are many outside agencies that we work with and signpost our pupils to including;
- Matthew Project
- Terrence Higgins Trust
- Routes to Roots
- NHS and school nursing
- Apprenticeships Norfolk
- Norfolk Road Safety Team
- Dove Self esteem workshops
- Chathealth- just one number
Please see the Parent’s guide to the curriculum on the RHSC website for details of what each year group studies at a particular time.
Ms L Reid Teacher in Charge of PSHE