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Finding a place for PSHE in the curriculum.

Finding a place for PSHE in the curriculum.

PSHE (personal, social and health education) has long been a thorny topic for schools. Its importance is unquestionable. Students need to be the recipients of quality instruction on sometimes difficult, often sensitive subjects, but who should deliver it, what should be delivered and how are questions to which there seems to be little consensus. PSHE covers a range of topics, far more than the essential Sex and Relationships topic, it’s often confusingly boiled down to: health and wellbeing; rights and responsibilities; lifesaving skills; equality; drugs; personal safety (in the wider world and online); personal finance, and the world of work as young people move into secondary education. It is the essence of pastoral care, helping develop the whole child so that each individual is equipped to deal with whatever comes their way. PSHE can encourage confidence in learners ‘who are able to lead safe, healthy and fulfilling lives’ and become responsible citizens ‘who make a positive contribution to society’.

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