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PSHE Overview

The Personal and Social Health Education (PSHE) programme plays a vital part in informing and supporting our pupils.

The programme empowers them to take responsibility for their lifestyle and learning, and enhancing their development into confident and skilled young adults who will be confident and well prepared for the challenges of life ahead as a citizen.

Interwoven with the curriculum and delivered by Form Tutors, Heads of Year, the School Medical Team, visiting speakers and specialists from all subject departments, PSHE underpins the pastoral life of QEGS.

It plays a vital role in supporting and achieving the aims and ethos of the school. The content of the programme is varied and sensitive to changing social pressures and individual needs.

The programme starts very much with personal aspects of PSHE in Year 7, concentrating on settling in, making a good start to school, organisational skills and personal development. Some Citizenship and global issues are introduced which increases during Years 8 and 9.

Personal, learning and thinking skills (PLTS) are introduced in Year 8, and run through the programme until Year 11.

Delivery of the majority of the PSHE curriculum during KS3 (Years 7– 9) by Form Tutors, allows class interaction and pastoral benefits for the pupils as it leads to greater interaction and relationship building between them and their Form Tutor. In Years 10 and 11 (KS4) the balance is evenly split between PSHE and Citizenship with delivery through specialists. In the Sixth Form there is an increase in the Citizenship aspects, along with emphasising personal responsibility.

Key Facts

  • Pupils develop the skills and attitudes they need in order to make responsible decisions and act on them
  • Boys display a sense of belonging and a willingness to participate in all areas of school life
  • Boys are encouraged to acquire a respect for their own culture and that of others
  • An enquiring mind and a healthy curiosity about diversity and differences is nurtured