Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) is an important part of our curriculum across the whole school.
We aim to nurture pupils to become open-minded, adaptable, realistic and self-reliant, with respect for themselves and other people, and to promote a sense of responsibility to their community, society and environment. We aim to lay a foundation for their future development in the world, in relationships, at work and at leisure.
Each year group accesses content across five key themes:
- Health and Wellbeing (including statutory Health Education);
- Relationships and Sex (including statutory Relationship Education up to Year 6, Relationship and Sex Education for Years 7 and 8);
- Citizenship and Society;
- Financial Awareness;
All content is age-appropriate and builds on previous years’ learning in a spiral programme. All content takes account of the off- and online contexts that today’s pupils find themselves in, with e-safety an important part of all themes.
The aim of PSHE is to support our pupils in developing the key skills and attributes they need to help them make informed choices and deal responsibly with a range of decisions or situations. Those skills and attributes include:
- Risk analysis
The PSHE curriculum
Our curriculum is firmly rooted in the school’s values of honesty, trust, tolerance and integrity, and our aim is for every pupil to develop a secure sense of self-worth, responsibility and respect for others, as well as physical and mental wellbeing. The curriculum takes a spiral approach, meaning that pupils revisit themes throughout their time at Exeter Cathedral School, while the level of challenge is gradually increased, broadening the scope and deepening pupils’ thinking.
The PSHE curriculum is also heavily integrated with the school’s form time, assembly and pastoral programmes, with the development of the key skills and attributes being central to the programmes delivered in these areas of school life.