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PSHE incorporates three key areas of the curriculum, Relationships and Sex Education, Health Education and Economic Education. In PSHE students have an opportunity to explore and develop their opinions of personal, social, health and economic issues within society alongside issues which affect them as global citizens in the 21st Century. Relationships, Sex and Health Education is now statutory and compulsory. The full guidance regarding this can be found in this government document.
At Bishop Perowne we fully appreciate the importance of these subjects in ensuring that our students are well-rounded and equipped for life outside of the classroom. As such, each student is taught PSHE within their core PSRE curriculum (PSHE and RE), students study alternate topics of RE and PSHE each term from year 7 to year 11. At key stage 3 students receive 3 hours of PSRE per fortnight, at key stage 4 students receive 4 hours of PSRE per fortnight.
In year 7 students learn about their personal safety inside and outside of school, this includes education about friendships, relationships and bullying. They are taught about the importance of mental wellbeing and basic first aid. In the spring term students are taught Health Education, including a study of puberty; FGM and unwanted contact; diet and exercise; smoking and hygiene. In the summer term students study issues related to living in the wider world including diversity, prejudice and financial education.
In year 8 these themes of Relationships, Sex and Health Education and living in the wider world continue to be studied. Topics studied include: Consent; Healthy Relationships; the importance of diet, exercise and sleep; mental wellbeing; drugs and alcohol education; First Aid and Financial Education.
The key stage 3 curriculum culminates in Year 9 with a study of Healthy Relationships including intimate relationships, consent, contraception, STIs and the impact of pornography on relationships. Students also study topics related to substance misuse, gang exploitation, healthy choices and self-examination for health issues.
In Key Stage 4 students are encouraged, through discussion, debate and active participation, to deal with previously studied issues in a 'real world' context and to understand their own responsibilities and the demands that will be made upon them in the adult world. Students are required to demonstrate that they can take responsibility for their own learning and make career choices by setting personal targets and long term goals.
In Year 10 topics of study include myths, assumptions, misconceptions and social norms regarding sex, gender and relationships; How to recognise and respond to pressure, coercion, exploitation – including how to report and access appropriate support; How to recognise and challenge victim blaming; Asexuality, abstinence and celibacy. In the spring and summer terms students consider issues related to mental and physical health and issues related to their place in the community.
In Year 11 students complete their study of PSHE with topics such as Careers Education and Relationships Education. Within Relationships Education there is a focus on issues related to family life such as assessing readiness for parenthood and positive parenting qualities; Fertility – how it varies and changes; The menopause; Pregnancy, birth and miscarriage; Unplanned pregnancy options including abortion and adoption; Fostering; How to manage change, loss, grief and bereavement; and how to safely access support with issues related to honour based violence and forced marriage. Students will also study stress management techniques ahead of sitting their GCSE examinations and will learn about how to care for their physical health through lessons in practical life skills such as how to register with a GP, dentist and other health related services.