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(Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship, Economic and Religious Education)

It is the aim of the school to promote the personal and social development of all its pupils and for pupils to be effective citizens. PSHCERE is delivered through our Personal Skills programme and is concerned with qualities and attitudes, knowledge and understanding and abilities and skills in relation to oneself and others. As such it is an integral part of all aspects of school life, inside and outside the classroom. All teachers are involved in encouraging effective personal and social development, and the whole curriculum aims to promote this. Areas covered include:

  • Economic Awareness & Financial Capability
  • Careers and Economic Wellbeing
  • Personal & Emotional Wellbeing
  • Citizenship: including Rights and Responsibilities, Media, Community, Active and Global Citizenship
  • Politics
  • Health: including Relationships and Sexual Health (RASHE) & Drugs Education
  • Religious Studies

The Education Reform Act requires all schools to arrange a daily act of collective worship for all pupils. Parents may of course withdraw their children from this, or from RE lessons, on written request. A full year assembly is held once per week in the main Hall.

Relationships and Sexual Health Education

It is the aim of the school to provide pupils with the information and skills needed to make informed, reasoned and responsible choices about their lifestyles, both now and as adults, and to enable them to avoid practices and behaviour which could threaten their own and others’ health and well being. Teaching pupils about sexual matters is done in a way that encourages them to have due regard to moral considerations and the value of family life. They are reminded of their responsibility to themselves and to other people. Care is taken to ensure that there is no assumption that they are already sexually active. Responsible sex education encourages pupils to appreciate the physical, emotional and moral risk of casual and promiscuous sexual behaviour, and should help them to resist societal and peer group pressures for early sexual experimentation. We feel that sex education is an important part of pupils’ preparation for adult life, and as such is discussed in small groups in the Personal Skills programme, which is co-ordinated by a senior member of staff. It should be added that sex education is also dealt with in the context of a number of other courses: for example: Health and Social Care, PE, Science and Religious Education.

Any parents who wish to discuss this issue further, or receive information about the
means of putting into effect parent’s rights of withdrawal from RE  or RASHE lessons, can contact the school on 01484 223910.

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