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What is PSHE?

PSHE education at Ely College can be 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, now and in the future.  As part of a whole school approach, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

The benefits to students of such an approach are numerous as PSHE prepares them to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in such rapidly changing and challenging times. It also helps them to connect and apply the knowledge and understanding they learn in all subjects to practical, real-life situations while helping them to feel safe and secure enough to reach their academic potential.

Why do we Study PSHE?

PSHE education fulfills a major contribution to schools’ statutory responsibilities to provide a curriculum that is broadly based, balanced and meets the needs of all pupils. Under section 78 of the Education Act 2002 and the Academies Act 2010 such a curriculum must:

  • promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, social  development of pupils at the school and of society, and
  • prepare pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

What do we study in PSHE at Ely College?

At Key Stage 3, we follow the outlined recommendations from the National curriculum. The key strands of these are as follows:

  1. Health and Well Being
  2. Relationships
  3. Living in the wider world

We aim to deliver this through inspiring lessons that are embedded in the school curriculum. The topics we cover in Year 7 include; Rights and Responsibilities, Bullying, Power, Politics and Elections, Campaigning, Law, Crime and Punishment and Prejudice and Discrimination.

In Year 8 we cover; Staying Safe, Prejudice and Discrimination, Sexual Relationships, Drugs and Alcohol and Money and Finance.

In Year 9 we cover; Crime and Anti-social Behaviour, The Media, Our Global Community, and Citizenship.