PSHEE Overview

Note. This is a non-statutory subject with a non-statutory programme of study

To ensure that all students at Penkford School succeed in this subject, we follow the National Curriculum documentation for PSHE at Key Stage 2 and PSHEE at Key Stages 3 and 4.  We also engage with the St Helens and Halton Primary and Secondary Matrix for this subject.

At Penkford we positively embrace the National Curriculum aims:

  • Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  • Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society

 We ensure that the three aims are met by:

  • Ensuring that all teaching is relevant, appropriate challenging and fun.
  • Ensuring that all assessment fulfils the ’End of Key Stage Statements’ document
  • Ensuring that all resources are regularly audited and updated
  • Ensuring that students can voice their opinions including offering comments to support the development of PSHEE
  • Ensuring that the Subject Leader continually monitors and develops this subject

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) at Key Stage 2

Pupils learn about themselves as growing and changing individuals with their own experiences and ideas, and as members of their communities. They become more mature, independent and self-confident. They learn about the wider world and the interdependence of communities within it. They develop their sense of social justice and moral responsibility and begin to understand that their own choices and behavior can affect local, national or global issues and political and social institutions. They learn how to take part more fully in school and community activities. As they begin to develop into young adults, they face the changes of puberty and transfer to secondary school with support and encouragement from their school. They learn how to make more confident and informed choices about their health and environment, to take more responsibility - individually and as a group -  for their own learning, and to resist bullying.

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE) at Key Stages 3 and 4

 PSHEE is divided into two equally weighted components.  These are:

 Personal Well-being and Economic Well-being and Financial Capability

Through both these components we ensure that all students are informed under the following sub-headings:

Personal Well Being

  • Personal Identities
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Risk
  • Relationships
  • Diversity

 Economic Well-being and Financial Capability

  • Career
  • Capability
  • Risk
  • Economic Understanding

As well as formal teaching by class teachers, we also offer throughout the year a range of experiences by outside agencies.  For example, we invite the following agencies in to deliver their expertise in these areas:

  • Smoking Cessation
  • Drugs, Tobacco and Alcohol education
  • Sexual Awareness education
  • Anti-Bullying

All staff positively reinforce social rules, relationship building, confidence building and working towards a successful economic life through the whole curriculum, vocational and outdoor educational experience at Penkford School

Assessment – All students are assessed through the End of Key Stage Statements.  These are not compared to other national curriculum subject attainment levels but stand alone as a judgement of individual engagement and progression.  Each statement will have a grade of either ‘working towards’, ‘working at’ or ‘working beyond’.  This allows subject teachers to assess progress. 

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