At SSSO, Physical, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic education is delivered through four separate drop-down days in the autumn and spring terms. Each themed day focuses on one specific aspect of the PSHCE curriculum, covering all the elements recommended by the PSHE Association.
The first day, in October, concentrates on mental and emotional health and well-being.
In December, the emphasis of the second drop-down day is on economic and financial well-being and understanding.
The third day takes place early in February and centres on healthy relationships and elements of the now mandatory sexual health education programme.
The fourth day, in March, sees students don the mantle of active citizenship, addressing and trying to solve matters of importance at a local, national and global level.
Additionally, students in Y7 have one discrete weekly PSHCE lesson throughout their first year in secondary school. These lessons are designed to assist with transitioning from primary school, developing study skills and learning to establish and manage healthy friendships and relationships. Sixth formers also attend a weekly programme of lessons and talks from external guests. This supports them in their transition to Key Stage 5 as well as their choice of career and university applications.