Personal, Social and Health Education
“Our pupils do not stand for the kind of behaviour that makes others unhappy and they are a key contributor to the civilised atmosphere at King's. ”
Why Study PSHE?
Teenagers are now growing up in a busy, challenging and heavily technology-based world, and the PSHE curriculum at King’s is designed to allow them the opportunity to discuss how they are developing personally and socially within this environment.
A team of teachers from across the Common Room guide pupils through a variety of age-appropriate topics, helping them to develop their own core values, build strong relationships with others, and make informed decisions in a safe environment. Above all, pupils gain an understanding of diversity and differences, both in school and in the wider world, developing respect for themselves and others.
PSHE incorporates Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), made compulsory by the government in 2021. We are in the process of updating our Relationships and Sex Education Policy in line with the new government requirements.
Your Voice Counts
PSHE is taught in timetabled weekly lessons for the Third, Fourth and Fifth Form, and there are also supplementary talks and workshops given by outside specialists on a broad range of topics. Most recently these have included:
- A talk from It Happens Education on Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)
- A talk from a mental health campaigner
- A talk from PC Alderman on internet safety.
- A talk from Peter Hall on drug and alcohol awareness.
- A workshop led by Exeter University medical students covering relationships and sex, self-harm, stress and eating disorders.
- ‘Alphabet of a Teenager’ drama production.
Discussion of sensitive, controversial and often challenging issues take place in lessons, where classes develop their own ground rules with their teacher so that discussions are positive, sensitive, and all pupils' opinions and contributions are appreciated. Since PSHE is a subject that is all-encompassing, some topics are then followed up with further discussions in tutorials and in houses.
If pupils wish to talk to someone individually, they can speak to their Houseparents, their tutor, the Health Centre (and the School Counsellor), the Independent Listener, or the Deputy Head (Pastoral).
The Bigger Picture...
In the Lower Sixth we run a Key Skills course. Every pupil attends a variety of workshops on higher education choices, careers, PSHE, and study and examination skills. This course is designed to develop skills, broaden experience, and complement academic courses.
The PSHE element involves discussion of alcohol, drugs, sex education and maintaining good mental health, and is supplemented by visiting speakers during the year. In 2021, there will be a PSHE Festival in the Summer Term for all Lower Sixth pupils consisting of workshops and visiting speakers focusing on topics chosen by the pupils themselves.
We promote the active involvement of pupils in all sessions. Pupils develop enquiry and discussion skills, learn to make decisions, solve problems, work independently and in groups, and learn from each other. Presentations and debates are often pupil-led and as issues in the wider world arise, we include these in our discussions or activities.