The DFES report ‘Preparing Young People for Adult Life’ stated that ‘Society has a responsibility to help children and young people to meet the challenges of life by helping them to understand and value themselves, be optimistic about the future and life’s possibilities, and to develop positive self-esteem, confidence and to take increasing control of, and responsibility, for their lives and play an active part in their own communities. Personal, Social and Health Education, including Sex Education and Drug Education, provides a whole school strategy for working in partnership with parents and others to help children to overcome the social pressures they face and the barriers they present to learning and achievement’ (Preparing Young People for Adult Life – DFES).
PSHE education can be defined as a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. As part of a whole school approach, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. The benefits to pupils of such an approach are numerous as PSHE prepares them to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in such rapidly changing and challenging times. It also helps them to connect and apply the knowledge and understanding they learn in all subjects to practical, real-life situations while helping them to feel safe and secure enough to fulfil their academic potential.
PSHE Association July 2013
As of September 2020 relationship and sex education is becoming compulsory in schools. With these changes and the changes in OFSTED criteria towards PSHE, here at Brooklands we have designed and implemented a whole new scheme of work for PSHE using the guidelines suggested by the PSHE Association. Using these guidelines, all our pupils will have the opportunities to learn how to cope in and understand the ever changing society. The schemes are delivered by staff, specialists and outside agencies. Pupils also have access to outside agencies and specialist mentoring within school. The school has a trained therapeutic coach who pupils can be referred to.