The non-statutory guidelines for PSHE provide a context within which our pupils can learn about themselves as growing and changing individuals with their own experiences and ideas, and as members of their communities. It encourages them to become more mature, independent and self-confident individuals. They learn about the wider world and the interdependence of communities within it, developing their sense of social justice and moral responsibility. As they begin to develop into young adults, it helps them to face the changes of puberty and transfer to secondary school with support and encouragement. They learn how to make more confident and informed choices about their health and environment; to take more responsibility, individually and as a group, for their own learning; to resist bullying and to reflect on finance and future careers.
In weekly lessons pupils learn to:
- Develop confidence and responsibility and make the most of their abilities.
- Prepare to play an active role as citizens.
- Develop a healthy, safer lifestyle.
- Develop good relationships and respect the differences between people.
- Learn to manage their money and finances effectively.
- Begin to understand the nature of the world of work.
Sex education is an integral part of our health education programme and we strive to present facts in an objective, balanced and sensitive manner within a moral framework. Pupils are helped to appreciate the value of family life but the school is aware that a wide range of family relationships exist within our society and that sensitivity is needed to avoid personal hurt and offence. Parents do retain the right to withdraw their children from these lessons.