Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) helps to provide students with the knowledge, skills and understanding to stay healthy and play an active part in society. Through this program students will develop the knowledge and skills to critically explore personal, political and social issues relating to a range of topics which will develop skills and attributes pupils require to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain.

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.

Teaching builds on the knowledge acquired at primary and develop further pupils’ understanding of health, with an increased focus on risk areas such as drugs and alcohol, as well as introducing knowledge about intimate relationships and sex. Teaching about mental wellbeing is central to these subjects, especially as a priority for parents is their children’s happiness. We know that children and young people are experiencing more challenges, and that young people are at particular risk of feeling pressured or lonely. The subject content gives them the knowledge and capability to take care of themselves and receive support if problems arise.

All of this content supports the wider work of our school in helping to foster pupil wellbeing and develop resilience and character that we know are fundamental to pupils being happy, successful and productive members of society. Central to this is pupils’ ability to believe that they can achieve goals, both academic and personal; to stick to tasks that will help them achieve those goals, even when the reward may be distant or uncertain; and to recover from knocks and challenging periods in their lives.

These subjects represent a huge opportunity to help our children and young people develop. The knowledge and attributes gained will support their own, and others’, wellbeing and attainment and help young people to become successful and happy adults who make a meaningful contribution to society.