PSHE – Personal, Social, Health and Economic education

Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education. The academy teaches PSHE, drawing on good practice, and this expectation is outlined in the introduction to the proposed new national curriculum.

The academy has the flexibility to deliver high-quality PSHE and can encompass many areas of study. Staff in the academy are best placed to understand the needs of their pupils and do not need additional central prescription.

However, while we believe that it is the academies choice to tailor the PSHE programme to reflect the needs of our pupils, we expect the staff to use their PSHE education programme to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.

The academy will seek to use PSHE education to build, where appropriate, on the statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum, the basic school curriculum and in statutory guidance on: drug education, financial education, sex and relationship education and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.

Personal Wellbeing

“Personal wellbeing helps young people embrace change, feel positive about who they are and enjoy healthy, safe, responsible and fulfilled lives. Through active learning opportunities pupils recognise and manage risk, take increasing responsibility for themselves, their choices and behaviours and make positive contributions to their families, schools and communities. As pupils learn to recognise, develop and communicate their qualities, skills and attitudes, they build knowledge, confidence and self-esteem and make the most of their abilities.”

At the Phoenix Academy PSHE aims to promote our pupils moral, social, spiritual and cultural development and prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences in life. Pupils study a wide range of topics throughout key stages 3 and 4. These topics focus on developing pupils’ as individuals and aim to;

  • Prepare students for life after school.
  • Develop self-knowledge and awareness.
  • Increase the knowledge and understanding of society, its laws and systems.
  • Enable individuals to become good citizens through the examination and evaluation of moral duties and responsibilities commensurate with living in society.
  • Emphasise the importance of consideration for others as the most important principle of any community.
  • Teach skills of personal decision making, problem solving and self-confidence in the context of social relationships.

Pupils are taught the subject for one period a week and are also given opportunities to take part in workshops and sessions delivered by outside agencies and specialists. These workshops cover important issues including sex and relationships, drug and alcohol awareness and are designed to enhance the taught curriculum.