Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep them healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain.
PSHCE education contributes to schools' statutory duties outlined in the Education Act 2002 and the Academies Act 2010 to provide a balanced and broadly-based curriculum. It is a central element of the Statutory Inspection of Anglican and Methodist Schools and is essential to Ofsted judgements in relation to personal development, behaviour, welfare and safeguarding.
Our Christian values underpin and reinforce PSHCE education:
The School Motto – Heirs of the Past, Children of the Present, Makers of the Future
The School Ethos – Compassionate, Reflective, Inclusive, Supportive and Transformative
The School Rule – Respect your learning, our ethos, your environment.
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.