Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education (PSHCE) provides a vital foundation for the personal development of young people in preparing them for adult life. PSHCE is important in equipping students with the skills and attitudes needed to react positively to the pressures of the modern world. As part of the curriculum this subject provides the opportunity to reflect on their attitude and perception of current issues.
Elements of the PSHCE curriculum contribute to the vision of 'Every Child Matters'. The ‘Every Child Matters’ vision identifies five key outcomes for children and young people.
|The five elements of ‘Every Child Matters’ are:|
|Enjoy & achieve
|Make a positive contribution
|Achieve economic well-being
Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)
In this subject students study a range of topical issues, particularly those which affect them as individuals and within their peer group. Students are presented with a diverse range of attitudes and opinions which may conflict with their own personal views. They become increasingly self-aware, and are capable of more sophisticated moral reasoning. Students develop awareness of the views, needs and rights of a diversity of people in order to challenge prejudice and celebrate cultural differences. They also learn how to plan and manage choices for their courses and future career. Students learn to appreciate healthy relationships and how these can impact on their general wellbeing. They make the most of new opportunities in the life of the school and the local community. This helps them to develop as young citizens of the future.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)
Students use the knowledge, skills and understanding that they have gained in earlier key stages and their own experience to take new and more adult roles in school and the wider community. They develop the self-awareness and confidence needed for adult life, further learning and work. They have opportunities to show that they can take responsibility for their own learning and career choices by setting personal targets and planning to meet them. They develop their ability to weigh up alternative courses of action for health and well-being. They gain greater knowledge and understanding of spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues through increased moral reasoning, clarifying their opinions and attitudes in discussions with their peers and informed adults and considering the consequences of their decisions. They learn to understand and value relationships with a wide range of people and gain the knowledge and skills to seek advice about these and other personal issues. They learn to respect the views, needs and rights of people of all ages.