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Personal Social and Health Education

Neston’s Vision of PSHE

At Neston High School, we envision a transformative educational journey where Personal, Social, Health, and Economic (PSHE) and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) are integral pillars of our commitment to nurturing well-rounded individuals. Our vision is to create a dynamic learning environment that goes beyond academic excellence, empowering students with the knowledge, skills, and resilience needed for success in all aspects of life. In PSHE, we strive to foster a culture of empathy, respect, and personal responsibility, equipping students with the tools to navigate the complexities of the modern world. Our RSE program, an essential part of PSHE, is designed to provide students with age-appropriate, inclusive, and respectful insights into relationships, sexuality, and personal well-being. We are dedicated to cultivating an environment that promotes healthy relationships, informed decision-making, and the development of positive character traits. 

Our vision is to graduate students who are socially aware, emotionally intelligent, and prepared for the challenges and opportunities of the future. We aspire for students at Neston High School to not only achieve academic success but also demonstrate social awareness, emotional intelligence, and readiness for the future’s challenges and opportunities. Neston High School is committed to delivering a comprehensive PSHE and RSE curriculum that reflects the diverse needs of our students, fosters a sense of belonging, and empowers them to thrive in a global society.

When is PSHE taught at Neston High School?

The PSHE curriculum is designed as a 7-year journey to build on knowledge, skills and understanding. It is sequenced to equip students with the knowledge to empower them to make healthy choices in their life and to become good citizens. The PSHE curriculum is delivered during a one-hour long lesson per fortnight, on a Week A Monday. Specialist speakers are also used to enhance the curriculum across a range of topics.

Why does PSHE education matter?

What we teach in the classroom will help our pupils foster lifelong aspirations, goals and values. 

With this in mind, PSHE education isn’t just another school subject. It’s a chance to give every child and young person an equal opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge they need to thrive now and in the future. This includes helping them to deal with critical issues they face every day such as friendships, emotional wellbeing and change. And giving them a solid foundation for whatever challenging opportunities lie ahead, so they can face a world full of uncertainty with hope.

From making informed decisions about alcohol to succeeding in their first job, PSHE education helps pupils prepare for all the opportunities, challenges, life decisions and responsibilities they'll face. This in turn achieves a 'virtuous circle', whereby pupils with better health and wellbeing can achieve better academically, and enjoy greater success. All of this means that, when taught well, PSHE education is popular with pupils, parents and schools.

What is the structure of the PSHE curriculum? Why? 

The PSHE curriculum has three strands – health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world.  In following best practice in PSHE education curriculum planning, we have taken a spiral approach. This gradually revisits and reintroduces topics at a deeper and more complex level for each key stage or year group, whilst revisiting, emphasising and embedding the essential skills and attributes young people need to manage their lives – both now and in the future. A summary of this can be found below:

We Want to Hear Your Voice!

Help us make your PSHE (Personal, Social, Health, and Economic) education at Neston High School more meaningful and engaging! Your opinions matter, and we’re eager to know what you think about our current curriculum and how we can make it better. By taking a few minutes to complete this questionnaire, you’ll have the opportunity to share your thoughts on what works, what doesn’t, and what you’d like to see more of in your PSHE lessons. Your feedback will directly impact the way we plan and deliver these important sessions, ensuring they are relevant and beneficial to you and your peers. Together, we can create a PSHE program that truly reflects your needs and interests. Thank you for your valuable input! (Deadline for feedback is 2nd September 2024)

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