PSHEE stands for Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education. Together with Citizenship, it is studied by all students throughout Years 7-11, with PSHEE continuing for those who remain in Sixth Form. PSHEE covers areas such as keeping healthy, staying safe and managing money as well as focusing on specific areas such as Drugs Education and Sex and Relationships Education. PSHEE lessons develop skills such as co-operative working and speaking and listening.
In Citizenship lessons, students learn about topics like how the country is governed at a local and national level, aspects of the law which relate to them and about the ways in which people can engage in democratic processes and take action to promote their views and help others. Lessons foster an understanding of the UK as a diverse society and the importance of mutual respect and tolerance. Students are actively encouraged to think of others and contribute to the wider community and whole school projects such as a recent school-wide European referendum allow students to put their learning into practice.
At Key Stage 3, students are taught both PSHEE and Citizenship by their Form Tutor in fortnightly lessons. At Key Stage 4, some, more sensitive areas of the PSHEE curriculum are taught by specialist teachers and expert visitors deliver key aspects to students. An active programme of visiting speakers enriches both PSHEE and Citizenship.