Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education. It can encompass many areas of study and, at Lynch Hill, we tailor our PSHE programme to reflect the needs of our pupils year on year. We feel it is vital to equip our pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions, and we believe our PSHE education helps pupils to develop the attributes they need to manage many of the critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face as they grow up and move into adulthood.
As a school, we use the guidance from the PSHE Association to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, teamworking and critical thinking which is grouped into three core themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world (including economic wellbeing and aspects of careers education).
PSHE is generally taught in discrete lessons and will often be discussion based. However, it can also form part of a wider cross-curricular project within a year group.
Whilst it is not a subject that is formally assessed, it is important to give pupils sufficient time to reflect on the issues being discussed, to evaluate how their understanding has moved on and what they feel their next steps should be. Given a scenario, do the children now feel they would be able to better tackle that issue? What advice could they offer to someone in a similar situation?
Sex and relationships education is also taught as part of PSHE education. These sessions will further develop essential skills such as self-esteem, managing risk and resisting peer pressure, which pupils can apply to a range of areas; and which addresses related factors such as alcohol and drugs, social media, and equality and prejudice. This is obviously all taught at an age appropriate level. Parents are informed in advance of the science and PSHE sessions that focus on human reproduction and are given an overview of the content covered.