Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic Education (PSHCEE) is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and to prepare them for life and work in modern Britain.
Evidence shows that well-delivered PSHCEEE programmes have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.
Currently, the delivery of PSHCEE is not a statutory requirement for schools. However, at St Mary’s we believe it to be a vital part of our curriculum with the aspiration of keeping our pupils safe, nurturing the whole child and facilitating their journey to become competent and capable young adults, who can contribute positively to our society.
Support for the statutory status of PSHCEE, from respected public figures, expert bodies, business leaders, teachers, parents and children and young people is overwhelming;
‘There is no question PSHE should be on every curriculum as it is at the frontline of child protection’. Peter Wanless, Chief Executive, NSPCC, August 2015
‘A key part of preventing child sexual exploitation is teaching pupils how to spot the signs of grooming. It is vital the government prioritises lessons about healthy relationships’.
Javed Khan, Chief Executive, Barnardo’s, August 2015
‘PSHE education provides an opportunity to provide or enhance skills such as perseverance, conflict resolution, emotional intelligence, self-management, self-respect, team work, locus of control, time and stress management’.
PSHE Education: A Review of Impact and Effective Practice, DfE, 2015
‘PSHE is the subject that prepares children for the rest of their lives yet it’s often cut from the timetable to make space for other subjects. This is why statutory status is so important’.
Julia Peters, Girlguiding Young Advocate 2017
‘Parents have never needed their children to have excellent teaching in PSHE as much as they do now. They are faced with the reality of having to talk to their children about pornography, sexting, cyberbullying and all of the other risks that the online world includes. Parents accept their responsibility to guide their children with these issues as a core part of parenting but they can't be expected to do it alone. They need all schools to be offering excellent PSHE lessons’.
Vicki Shotbolt, Founder and CEO, Parentzone 2017
PSHCEE is taught in designated classrooms based around the Learning Resource Centre. We enjoy a wide range of resources including textbooks and computers and we also utilise the school chapel.
All year 7 to 11 pupils receive an extended assembly once a term, delivered by external professionals focussing on the following issues:
- Hate Crime - Lancashire Police
- Child Sexual Exploitation - The Children’s Society
- Bullying (or the most recent arising issue in school) – Mr Mooney
- Water Safety - Lancashire Fire and Rescue
- Money Matters including illegal money lending - Money Matters Team
Super Learning Days
PSHCEE Super Learning Days are entitled ‘Keeping Safe’. Each year 7 to 11 year group receives a tailor made programme, spanning five lessons, addressing five of the most relevant issues to their age group in our community. Super Learning Days are also delivered by external professional organisations and can include:
- Lancashire Police - Internet Safety
- Lancashire Police, Diversity Unit - Hate Crime, Homophobic and Racist Bullying
- Lancashire Fire & Rescue - Wasted Lives
- NHS Community Team - Sexual Health and consent
- The Children’s Society - Child Sexual Exploitation
- Young Addaction - Substance Misuse
- Young Addaction - Healthy Relationships
- England Illegal Money Lending Team - Illegal Money Lending
- School Specialists - Mental Health Awareness and Wellbeing
Year 7 Course
Students undertake one-hour long lesson each week. Specialist teachers deliver each of the topics for 6/7 weeks; pupils then rotate to the next topic on a carousel basis. Year 7 topics include:
- Personal Identity
- Healthy Lifestyles
- Relationships, including Sexual Health Choices
- Christ at the Centre
Year 8 Course
Students undertake one-hour long lesson each week. Specialist teachers deliver each of the topics for 6/7 weeks; pupils then rotate to the next topic on a carousel basis. Year 8 topics include:
- Me, My Personal Behaviour and My Ambition
- Crime and the Law
- British Values
- Enterprise/Economic Understanding
- Diversity, Prejudice & Difference
Students are not formally assessed in PSHCEE, however the progress pupils make in each topic area is informally measured by use of a baseline quiz at the beginning of each topic, and an end of topic evaluation quiz. This progress is tracked in their exercise books and reported to parents/carers at report time. Effort, contribution to lesson, speaking and listening skills, independent and group learning skills are also observed reported upon.
Follow up support
We understand that where we raise awareness of such issues, we will undoubtedly raise a need. All pupils are clearly informed at the beginning of each topic, assembly or super learning day of where then can go and who they can speak to in school if they feel they need further support.
Parents/carers have the right to withdraw their son/daughter from PSHCEE lessons, assemblies and/or Super Learning Days if they would prefer their child not to receive such information. Parents/carers are informed of the PSHCEE curriculum at Parent Information Evenings, and prior to each Super Learning Day, letters are sent home stating this option.