Personal, Social, Health and Economic education is organised into two programmes of study; personal wellbeing and economic wellbeing and financial capability. It combines the more traditional personal, social and health education, including Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) , with the social and emotional aspects of learning, careers education and enterprise.
At Key Stage 3, PSHE is delivered by form tutors once a week. The schemes of work have recently been updated to include techniques to improve learning; such as discovering learning styles, discussing learning environments and developing knowledge of how the brain functions. Other areas covered include healthy lifestyles, the media and rights and responsibilities. Year 7 girls, follow a structured first term, designed to help them to settle in and adapt to the new environment of secondary school.
At Key Stage 4, PSHE is delivered by specialist teachers in a timetabled double period each week. Each year, groups rotate between five subject areas including; career guidance, economic education, emotional well-being, politics and citizenship, study skills and drug awareness.
SRE is taught by a dedicated team in a single half day block in Years 7-9 and by the Head of Department, Mrs Houghton, during PSHE in Years 10 and 11. Key staff are confident professionals, at ease with discussing questions of a ‘tricky’ nature with adolescent girls. Staff will always respond in a factual and age appropriate manner. Ground rules are always set to help to minimise embarrassment, inappropriate and unintended disclosures and comments of a negative nature.
Effective SRE has been shown not to encourage early sexual experimentation. It should help young people to understand human sexuality, enable them to mature, build confidence and self-esteem.
The aims of the department are to ensure that girls become:
- Successful students who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
- Confident individuals, who are able to live safe and healthy lives
- Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society