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Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education

Our PSHE curriculum supports many elements of the personal development programme.

The school values the position of the subject and has dedicated lesson time to explore specific content to support students.

Within PSHE lessons, all students cover some of the statutory RSHE content, in line with the policy developed through consultation with parents (click here).  PSHE covers relationships education, sex education and physical and mental wellbeing.  These lessons will also cover other common elements such as pupils’ wider safety, their economic understanding and their understanding of technology and media. The remainder of the statutory content is covered in mandatory lessons: science, PE, RE and computer science.  Most curriculum subjects will teach some element of PSHE.

The National Curriculum elements of citizenship are addressed at a whole school level. This is primarily through the PSHE programme but enhanced and embedded by our strong tutorial system. Careers education (for further details click here) is delivered discretely within the PSHE programme but is also enhanced by SLD sessions and the tutorial system, alongside numerous careers activities within the academic curriculum.

We encourage students within the PSHE curriculum to take an active interest in the wider world. We currently employ the use of ‘Votes for Schools’ which also encompasses many British Values. A list of topics covered for the last term can be found here.

As part of prioritising the transitional development of our students and the developmental stages of PSHE we allocated 2 hours and 30 minutes of PSHE time in Y7 each week.

In Y8 and Y9, students will study PSHE for 1 hour and 30 minutes for each week.

In Y10,11,12 and 13 students study PSHE for a minimum of 30 minutes per week alongside SLD sessions, a minimum of 15 additional hours throughout the year.

In additional all students are supported through the assembly and active tutorial programme (click here).

Why do we teach it?

Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way. The core purpose of the PSHE programme of education is to ‘equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions’ not only during their time at Wales High School but into further and higher education as well as adult-life.

We also see this as an opportunity for students to ask questions they may not usually feel comfortable to ask; to debunk myths and also fact-check any misunderstandings they may have.

What will my child be learning?

For a more in-depth look at the PSHE curriculum, you can view the Curriculum Maps. This will provide you with a greater understanding of the specific topics your child will be discussing in their weekly lessons. If you would like to see what our Super Learning Days offer, please click here. While there is no statutory guidance from the DfE for the content of PSHE programmes, please be assured that our dedicated PSHE team ensure that the content is age appropriate, relevant and informative.

We strive to ensure that our lessons cover a broad range of issues that young people face in the modern world, including: consent, mental health, relationships, internet safety, addiction and many more.

Year 7:

  • Careers: investigating information around further education, careers pathways and choices/options
  • Staying Safe Online: how to identify and manage risk online
  • Drugs, alcohol, tobacco: the different risks associated with these substances
  • Mental Heath & emotional wellbeing: defining these key terms, what can positively and negatively affect our MH and wellbeing, building resilience & coping mechanisms.
  • Building Relationships: self-love, friendships, romance and boundaries
  • Physical health & wellbeing: healthy routines
  • Diversity & equality: breaking down stereotypes, prejudice & discrimination
  • Rights, Responsibilities, British Values: politics, parliament, government.
  • Financial Capability: saving, spending & budgeting
  • Body image & advertising: the representation of bodies in the media
  • Living in the wider world: Enterprise skills
  • Bullying & cyberbullying: explore the impact of all forms of bullying and appropriate ways to respond to this behaviour.

Year 8:

  • Staying safe on and offline: country lines, grooming, alcohol & sexting
  • Making sense of relationships: gender stereotypes, healthy relationships, consent
  • Discrimination: racism, religious discrimination, disability, sexism, homophobia and transphobia.
  • Health & wellbeing : mental health and emotional wellbeing
  • Rights, responsibilities, British values: laws & the criminal justice system
  • FPQ: independent research-based project.

Year 9:

  • Celebrating Diversity & Equality: LGBTQ+
  • Relationship & Sex Education: sex & the law, consent, STIs, contraceptives.
  • Staying safe on and offline: substance abuse, gangs, sexting, peer pressure
  • Healthy lifestyle: diet, exercise, healthy choices
  • Rights, Responsibilities, British Values: extremism, terrorism, radicalisation, British values, antisemitism, BLM
  • Life Beyond School: financial capability, setting goals.

Year 10:

  • Drugs, Alcohol, Tobacco: addiction & alcohol dependency
  • Online & Media: dangers of viewing explicit materials
  • Being Safe: informed consent
  • Mental wellbeing: impact of actions on mental health
  • Intimate relationships: impact of drugs & alcohol on reproductive health
  • Internet Safety: online relationships, harmful behaviour

Year 11:

  • Drugs, Alcohol, Tobacco: social implications of recreational drug use
  • Healthy lifestyles: choices for adulthood
  • Health & Prevention: self-care & self-awareness
  • Mental Wellbeing: recognising problems, seeking support
  • Intimate Relationships: pregnancy & parenting
  • Being Safe: honour based violence & FGM
  • Internet Safety & Harm: gambling, debt & targeted advertising

Sex and Relationships Education is a fundamental – and statutory – aspect of any PSHE programme, which aims to demonstrate what healthy and unhealthy relationships look like.  This is handled in a sensitive, age-appropriate manner and spans both weekly lessons (KS3) and Super Learning Days (whole-school).

Parents do have the right to request their child be withdrawn from SRE; if you would like to know more about this process, please read our PSHE policy document, which can be found here (hyperlink to PHSE policy).