Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE)

Abbotsholme believes in preparing for life beyond school. A comprehensive programme is delivered throughout school in timetabled lessons, tutorials, via trips and outside speakers, and through cross-curricular and extra-curricular links. The programme reflects the school’s aims and ethos, encouraging respect for other people with regard to the protected characteristics set out in the 2010 Act. We support Fundamental British Values and we raise awareness of extremism and radicalisation.

We aim:

  • To promote and develop knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for the personal, emotional, spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils through the whole curriculum and through the whole school experience.
  • To create an awareness of, and encourage a response to the spiritual dimension of life.
  • To increase self-confidence and self-awareness, improve academic performance and reduce disaffection and apathy.
  • To help pupils to become ‘independent learners’, enjoying the subject for its own sake, able to research and use information and to present it in a variety of ways as appropriate.
  • To encourage a greater perception and appreciation of the demands of the world of work and inspire an optimistic attitude towards their own abilities and ambitions based on sound skills and experience of using them.
  • To develop an informed set of values and attitudes with an emphasis on openness and fairness. We also develop the skills and confidence to make decisions based on sound information, turning principles into positive action and behaviours, whilst being sensitive to and respectful of others’ values.
  • To enable pupils to develop into confident adults, conscious of their own worth and with an active concern for the needs and well-being of others; being aware of the responsibilities of living in a community needs to be explored.
  • To encourage pupils to develop well-balanced, healthy and safe lifestyles by discussing topics such as healthy eating, exercise, emotional and mental health, drugs awareness, the role of the media and online safety.
  • To enable pupils to form safe, healthy and positive relationships. Each year group covers age appropriate ‘Relationship and Sex Education’.