Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education. As detailed in the National Curriculum, PSHE is a non-statutory subject. However, PSHE encompasses many areas of study as well as life skills. At Thythorn Field we teach PSHE via discrete lessons; using the Cambridgeshire scheme of work, as well as embedding and supporting PSHE values cross-curricular and throughout the everyday routines of the school day; reflecting the needs of Thythorn pupils.
We deliver PSHE education to build on the basic school curriculum and in statutory guidance with: drug education, financial education, sex and relationship education (SRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.
PSHE education 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 improve the life chances of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils.
Evidence shows that PSHE can have a positive impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged. PSHE develops skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team-working and critical thinking in the context of learning grouped into core themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world (including economic wellbeing and aspects of careers education). It helps pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage many of the critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face as they grow up and in adulthood.