Curriculum Leader: Mrs Ellis
Why study PSHCE?
Personal, Social, Health, Careers and Economic (PSHCE) education is a school subject through which pupils
develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. It helps
our pupils to stay healthy and safe, while preparing them to make the most of life and work. From making responsible decisions about alcohol to succeeding in their first job, PSHCE education helps pupils to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up.
Pupils agree that PSHCE 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 PSHCE lessons.
What will I study?
Most of PSHCE education became statutory for all schools from September 2020. This includes Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education. Our broader PSHE programme also covers economic wellbeing, careers and enterprise education, as well as education for personal safety, including assessing and managing risk. We employ the PSHE Associations core themes of:
CORE THEME 1: HEALTH AND WELLBEING
CORE THEME 2: RELATIONSHIPS
CORE THEME 3: LIVING IN THE WIDER WORLD
What happens in lessons?
Lessons involve a range of different study techniques, including discussing and debating issues, responding to scenarios, watching video clips, mind mapping key points and some instances of extended writing. We also have practical demonstrations and guest speakers throughout the year. We strive to create an open and safe learning environment where pupils build strong relationships with their teachers in order to allow the class to discuss important subjects of a sensitive nature. Lessons are purposeful and respectful and it is an expectation at all times that all pupils adhere to being considerate of others.
How will I be assessed?
PSHCE is a non-assessed subject taught to Y10 and so there are no exam questions or tests. We do however complete self-assessments at the end of each unit to check that all pupils have secured their learning and at the start of each topic we revisit what the pupils have previously learnt at earlier points in their school life to refresh key issues.
What skills will I need?
The ability to communicate well – this means listening carefully as well as being able to speak confidently about different opinions. The ability to balance an argument and see a range of viewpoints. The ability to be respectful to others, allowing other members of the group to have their say without fear of being interrupted or criticised. The ability to work well as a group. The ability to follow the Winterhill way of a resilient and responsible attitude.