Churston Ferrers Grammar School

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PSHE – Personal, Social, Health and Economic education

PSHE Personal, Social, Health and Economic education


Our PSHE curriculum at Churston is a planned, developmental learning programme which helps students acquire the knowledge, understanding , skills and strategies required to live healthy , safe , productive and balanced lives now and in the future. It encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic awareness and wellbeing.

Underpinning learning in PSHE education is the development of a set of key concepts and transferable skills. Age appropriate , quality assured resources in lessons provide students with opportunities to explore a range of topics and to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and to explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes of modern society.  PSHE develops the qualities and attributes students need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society, enabling them to make informed decisions, develop resilience and know where to access support. 

PSHE is taught  as part of  the tutorial programme in Years 7,8 ,10 and 11 and as a discrete subject in Year 9 .

Programme of Study

The Programme of Study  is based on three core themes : 

  1. Health and Wellbeing 
  2. Relationships 
  3. Living in the Wider World 

Our Programme of Study aims to support pupils’ spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development , preparing them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. We recognise that the development of students, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays a significant part not only in their ability to learn and achieve but in their ability to relate fully to and have the ability to access the world they live in. We therefore aim to provide an inclusive education that provides our students with opportunities to explore and develop their own values, whilst recognising that those of others may differ. Beliefs, spiritual awareness, high standards of personal behaviour including a positive caring attitude towards other people, an understanding of their social and cultural traditions and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures are all critical skills and dispositions that we nurture, encourage and develop through our whole curriculum and beyond, fostering  a true culture of mutual respect and understanding throughout the school.

Statutory Requirements

From September 2020 all secondary schools are required to teach Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education as part of their planned programme .These topics are integrated within a broad and balanced curriculum which also covers careers and finance. 

We have developed our PSHE curriculum to meet these requirements and to ensure it is suited to the needs of our students and appropriate to our setting. We have encouraged student consultation to inform planning and parents have been informed of the new requirements. The current RSE policy has been updated and will be published in the Autumn term 2020.

A summary of the new statutory topics taught as part of the PSHE curriculum at Churston is outlined below:

Relationships and Sexual Education

  • Families
  • Respectful relationships,including friendships
  • Online and media
  • Being safe 
  • Intimate sexual relationships, including sexual health

Physical health and mental wellbeing

  • Health and mental wellbeing
  • Mental Wellbeing
  • Internet safety and harms
  • Physical health and fitness
  • Healthy Eating
  • Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
  • Health and Prevention
  • Basic first aid
  • Changing adolescent body

Students are signposted to websites and organisations where they can gain further advice , if required, and they have the opportunity to follow up and discuss any sensitive issues that may arise with members of the pastoral team or school counsellors.

Additional opportunities for enrichment  to the PSHE curriculum are provided by outside speakers, charities and other organizations in assemblies and Enrichment Days where students have the opportunity to take part in practical workshops.