PSHE education at Heathfield is a subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain. Evidence shows that well-delivered PSHE programmes have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils, developing the “soft” skills that have been identified as key attributes to future employment.
PSHE Education at Heathfield
PSHE education is delivered at Heathfield in timetabled lessons by experienced subject specialists. It aims to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team-working and critical thinking in the context of learning grouped into three core themes: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World (including Economic Wellbeing and aspects of Careers Education).
The National Curriculum states that ‘all schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice’. PSHE education contributes to schools’ statutory duties to provide a balanced and broadly-based curriculum and is essential to Ofsted and ISI judgements in relation to personal development, behaviour, welfare and safeguarding. Our aim at Heathfield is to provide excellent pastoral care and support and PSHE significantly contributes to this.
PSHE education helps pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. From making responsible decisions about alcohol to succeeding in their first job, PSHE education helps pupils to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up.
Pupils agree that PSHE education is a vital part of their preparation for life, with 92% of those who have been taught the subject believing all young people should receive high-quality PSHE lessons. In 2015, for the third year in a row, the UK Youth Parliament made “A Curriculum for life” a top priority, based on a consultation of almost a million young people. In PSHE education at Heathfield we take the views and concerns of our students into account when planning the programme of study and are able to respond flexibly to a particular concern or interest. We aim to work closely with parents, with opportunities for parents to come and learn about some of the work that goes on during the year. This cooperative approach ensures the girls have the best information and support, both at school and at home, and will be further developed in the next academic year.