PSHEE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic education) is taught to all students from our school, through lessons delivered by the tutors, assemblies, dramas and intervention by external agencies. The subject is taught discretely and is at the heart of the curriculum, delivered period 5 every Friday.
We have created an extremely comprehensive program of study, aiming to promote independent, healthy, responsible and well-rounded members of society. We cover numerous topics over the 5 years, from settling into school and body changes to personal finance and our political systems. At Park School, we also include Citizenship, British Values and Careers Education as part of our PSHEE lessons. Age-appropriate Relationships and Sex Education is delivered by the tutors as part of the program.
Sex & Relationships Education
We believe that it is important to address relationships and sex as we have a duty to prepare young people to take their part in the adult world in a manner which fulfils the expectations of society, we furthermore have to create the capacity to manage oneself as an adult successfully, including understanding and constructive use of one’s own sexuality.
Our Relationships and Sex Education Policy (RSE) will:
- provide accurate and up to date information for all;
- help students identify healthy and unhealthy relationships;
- Allow the school to teach RSE with due regard to the developing sexuality of the young person;
- include parents/carers whenever possible, recognising that parents/carers are an essential element in a child’s RSE;
- promote the values of stable relationships and mutual respect;
- ensure students understand that decisions have consequences and develop a sense of responsibility;
- encourage the delay of the onset of an active sexual life until the adolescent is fully mature in their attitudes and views towards sexuality and are aware of all the consequences;
- Allow students to recognise that RSE is not concerned entirely with facts; but also with behaviour, attitudes and values. Young people need to explore and debate issues and the imposition of views and attitudes needs to be guarded against;
- provide a comprehensive body of knowledge and understanding of sexual health to manage fertility and avoid infections.
We encourage the pupils to explore these topics through discussions, videos and reflective questions. Some will make notes in their books, others will act in role plays. It is part of our vision that every lesson will be relevant to our pupils, whether in their teenage years or once they are on their own personal journey after they have left Park.