Personal, Social, Health, Economic Education (PSHEE) & Citizenship
PSHEE and Citizenship is a means of delivering a number of cross-curricular themes, under the national curriculum:
- Developing as a citizen
- Personal, Social, health and economic education
- Economic wellbeing
- Financial capability
- Careers education and guidance.
Developing as a citizen.
Aim: To help understand how to play a full part as a citizen in British society and as citizen of the world. This is divided into topics: Britain – a diverse society, human rights, rights and responsibilities, the law, crime and punishment, government, media matters, working for change, global challenges (environment, war, terrorism, poverty, health and education) and community projects.
Personal Wellbeing – understanding yourself and handling relationships
Units cover: developing identity and image, managing emotions, relationships, coping with crisis, challenging offensive behaviour, managing study time, developing own values, marriage and commitment, parenthood and parenting.
Personal Wellbeing – Keeping Healthy
Units cover: healthy eating, safer sex and contraception, drinking, smoking, health matters, managing stress and dealing with depression, drugs, emergency first aid.
Economic Wellbeing and Financial Capability
Units cover: thinking ahead, planning your future, managing your money, financing businesses, enterprise challenge, the UK economy, the global economy.
PSHEE provides opportunities for pupils to consider decisions of significance in their lives concerned with health, relationships, careers and political technological and environmental contexts in which decisions are made.
In KS3 PSHEE is delivered on a rolling timetable, in KS4 there is one lesson per week dedicated to PSHEE and Citizenship.
There are also a numbers of ‘focus events’ organised, when the normal school timetable will be suspended and pupils will focus their attention on particular issues. It is intended to use as many outside support agencies as possible thus having ‘experts’ to deliver certain topics; where appropriate visits will be arranged to further support the programme. Preparation for, or follow up to, these themes will be within normal PSHEE lessons.
Careers education and guidance is seen as a continuing process with aspects of self-awareness and self-assessment from KS3 to KS4. This is further enhanced by using the Cascaid programme to determine possible career routes, linking support agencies and making it accessible at home also.
In Years 10 and 11 pupils are encouraged to use resources in the Careers Area and will be identified by the Careers Coordinator for a careers interview.
Careers Education and guidance is delivered within the PSHEE programme. Activities include Work Experience preparation, Post 16 Opportunities and Application Form preparation that include personal statements of achievement by pupils. There is also opportunities for pupils to visit a Further Education College to experience workshops and Taster days.
Work experience takes place at the end of Year 10, when students go out into the ‘world of work’ on a one week placement. Students are involved in arranging their own placement. The school monitors students during their placement. All placements are rigorously checked for the relevant insurances and health and safety regulations.