PSHE is an important area of the National Curriculum of England and Wales and is therefore taught as a separate subject at Kensington School up to the end of Form 3.
In short, PSHE education can be described as ‘learning to live life well’. It deals with real life social and economic issues affecting children, their families and communities.
It develops the knowledge, understanding and skills students need to manage their lives, now and in the future.
During the one lesson per week in Key Stage 3 a broad range of issues are presented and discussed. Specific topics within the scheme of work include keeping healthy, nutrition, relationship with others, citizenship, understanding yourself, bullying, time management, illegal substances, personal safety, study skills, public speaking, money management, racism and tolerance in society.
A wide range of strategies are employed including group work, presentations, use of ICT as a tool, individual projects, role-plays and viewing relevant documentary programmes.
School assemblies are used to elaborate upon and emphasise topics studied in the classroom and Form Tutors also have an important role in reinforcing PSHE issues.
Although it is not an examinable subject, we use a range of assessments and also report to parents on their child´s contribution to PSHE in class.
The promotion of our pupils’ personal development and emotional wellbeing is a fundamental aspect of education and PSHE lessons make an important contribution to this regard.