Education for Life

Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE)

The PSHE programme is taught in age specific groups and broadly covers three core themes.

  • Core Theme 1: Health and well-being
  • Core Theme 2: Relationships
  • Core Theme 3: Living in the wider world – Economic well-being and being a responsible citizen

For students not in the ‘Sixth Form’, the course is taught in a classroom, tutorial style and is augmented by outside speakers and material taught within the students’ boarding houses. For the older students, a lecture style delivery is preferred, again augmented by outside speakers.

The course provides an overarching set of concepts covering:

1. Identity (their personal qualities, attitudes, skills, attributes and achievements and what influences these; understanding and maintaining boundaries around their personal privacy, including online)


2. Relationships (including different types and in different settings, including online)


3. A healthy (including physically, emotionally and socially), balanced lifestyle (including within relationships, work-life, exercise and rest, spending and saving and lifestyle choices)


4. Risk (identification, assessment and how to manage risk, rather than simply the avoidance of risk for self and others) and safety (including behaviour and strategies to employ in different settings, including online in an increasingly connected world)


5. Diversity and equality (in all its forms, with due regard to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010)


6. Rights (including the notion of universal human rights), responsibilities (including fairness and justice) and consent (in different contexts)


7. Change (as something to be managed) and resilience (the skills, strategies and ‘inner resources’ we can draw on when faced with challenging change or circumstance)


8. Power (how it is used and encountered in a variety of contexts including online; how it manifests through behaviours including bullying, persuasion, coercion and how it can be challenged or managed through negotiation and ‘win-win’ outcomes)


9. Career (including enterprise, employability and economic understanding)

Essential Skills and Attributes developed through the Programme of Study as a consequence can be classified as:

1. Personal effectiveness

2. Interpersonal and social effectiveness

3. Managing risk and decision-making


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