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PSHE & Citizenship

“PSHE teaches you how to be safe, we talk about our emotions, relationships and how to respect people and the environment. The lessons give us a chance to talk about our own views and listen to other students. We learn about the world around us and prepares us for when we leave school.” Year 8 student.

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE education) is defined as: ‘…a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives. As part of a whole school approach, PSHE develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.’

PSHE education offers our students significant opportunities to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to achieve, to be resilient and lead safe, confident, happy, healthy, responsible and independent lives. It aims to help students understand how they are developing personally, socially and emotionally and explore a range of attitudes and values. PSHE education provides students with a safe learning environment to practice and develop the skills necessary to manage the moral, social and cultural challenges and responsibilities that are part of growing up and living in the world.

The programme of study for PSHE education includes topics such as: bullying, citizenship, cultural diversity, drug and alcohol education, healthy eating, physical activity, social and emotional health, wellbeing, sex and relationships, careers education, economic education and financial capability. It is enriched by cross-curricular approaches and other activities designed to enhance personal development, but at Whitefield it is a curriculum subject in its own right.

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Year 10 assembly on the Law and Young People.

Students from Whitefield School were invited to take part in a discussion about relationship education, live on the Victoria Derbyshire Show on BBC2.