PSHE is a subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain. By teaching pupils to stay safe and healthy, and by building self-esteem, resilience and empathy, PSHE can tackle barriers to learning, raise aspirations and give pupils the skills they will need for the future.
PSHE helps children and young people to achieve their potential by supporting their wellbeing and tackling issues that can affect their ability to learn, such as anxiety and unhealthy relationships.
At Highfurlong, we believe that PSHE is an essential part of our pupil’s education both in formal weekly lessons and by providing additional opportunities for pupils to improve their personal development and independence, be resilient members of their community and increase their aspirations.
As part of PSHE, a variety of external speakers and professionals who can support pupils are invited into school. For example, NSPCC representatives delivered an assembly and workshops on the topic of ‘Staying Safe’. Staff from Lancashire Mind completed the ‘Bounce Forward’ resilience programme which runs in conjunction with the Headstart project.
Students in Key Stage 5 follow a 3 year programme to complete their external accreditation: ASDAN Personal & Social Development qualification. This qualification offers imaginative ways of supporting young people in:
Becoming confident individuals who are physically, emotionally and socially healthy
Being responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society and embrace change
Managing risk together with their own wellbeing
Units delivered include Community Action, Leisure Time, Healthy Living, Preparation for Work, Parenting Awareness, Managing Money, Environmental Awareness, Using Technology. This qualification can be offered at entry 1, 2 and 3 ensuring that is is accessible to most students. Students working below these levels can access alternative accreditation which includes various ASDAN Towards Independence Modules, or Raising Aspirations. The Raising Aspirations modules focus on a different Preparing for Adulthood pathway (employment, independent living, community inclusion and health).