PSHE and RSHE
“PSHE education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain. Evidence shows that well-delivered PSHE programmes have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.” PSHE Association 2019.
PSHE at Blacon High School aims to provide a coherent programme of Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education. We aim to encourage high aspirations so as to maximise progress and to enable all pupils to experience the joy of success. Our aims for PSHE also reflect the PSHE Association which is to equip pupils to live healthy, safe productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives through core themes of Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. Our intent is to provide an academic PSHE curriculum that provides opportunities for pupils to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.
PSHE aims to help pupils to:
- Identify their personal qualities, attitudes, skills, attributes and achievements and what influences these.
- Explore their attitudes, values and beliefs about them and develop the skills, language and strategies needed to manage any issues should they encounter them in their lives.
- Apply academic skills such as critical thinking and resilience, to their approach to the study of PSHE.
- Promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
- Equip all pupils with the knowledge and skills they need to stay safe and be able to communicate when they do not feel safe.
RSHE (Relationships, Sex and Health Education)
Since September 2020, Relationships Education has been compulsory for all pupils receiving primary education and Relationships, Sex and Health Education (RSHE) for all pupils receiving secondary education. Secondary schools are expected to include RSHE in their curriculum and also to have a published RSHE policy. The policy can be found here.
Why it’s important
Children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and they need to know how to be safe and healthy. RSHE helps them embrace the challenges of creating a happy and successful adult life. These subjects support children and young people to develop healthy relationships, and to keep themselves and others safe, both on and offline.
RSHE should be a key pillar in any school’s plan for creating an inclusive, safe and respectful school environment where bullying, sexual violence or sexual harassment is not tolerated.
It also provides pupils with the knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing.
At Secondary School, RSHE covers content on a wider range of key topics including consent, sexual exploitation, online abuse, grooming, coercion, harassment, rape, domestic abuse, forced marriage, honour-based violence and FGM, and how these can affect current and future relationships.
Pupils should be taught the facts and the law about sex, sexuality, sexual health and gender identity in an age-appropriate and inclusive way. There should be an equal opportunity to explore the features of stable and healthy same-sex relationships.
Health education focuses on enabling pupils to make well-informed, positive choices for themselves, and includes teaching about the impact of puberty. The curriculum covers mental health and will support young people to recognise and manage any wellbeing issues as well as how they can seek support as early as possible.
Link to the UK Government Statutory Guidance
PSHE is currently delivered by all form tutors to their tutor group. This takes place once a week; Friday P1.
Parent / carer consultation
Each year we will hold a Parent/Carer consultation evening prior to the RSHE content being delivered during PSHE lessons. This process allows Parents/Carers to attend the school and discuss any of the content and look through any of the resources we use in these lessons.
We have bought a PSHE package designed by Cre8tive Resources and is Ofsted rated. Please click on the link below for further details about this company
The cre8tive resources brochure can be found at the bottom of this page.