Head of Department (HOD): Miss L Hall
PSHE is the education surrounding personal health, RSE (Relationships and Sex Education), citizenship, financial literacy and careers. Since 2020 the health and RSE aspect of PSHE has been compulsory for all schools across England and Wales and here at St Catherine's all areas mentioned above are covered each year in a spiral method. PSHE lessons are focused round teacher-led discussion and they are a chance for students 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. PSHE education at St Catherine's helps pupils prepare for all the opportunities, challenges, life decisions and responsibilities they'll face.
Year 7 to 9 receive one 50-minute lesson of PSHE weekly as well as three 'ECM' off-timetable days a year to receive their PSHE.
Year 7 lessons have a big focus on gently introducing students to the areas covered in PSHE with a big focus on managing transition, new relationships and becoming a responsible citizen.
Year 8 and 9 builds on these foundations introducing more age-appropriate material each year.
Similar to KS3, students in KS4 cover the same areas as the lower school but in more depth with further age-appropriate content that is relevant to the lives they lead. A lot of focus on preparing students for life beyond St Catherine's is given to KS4 PSHE lessons, particularly in regard to post 16 options. Year 10 also receive one 50-minute lesson of PSHE weekly as well as three 'ECM' off-timetable days a year and year 11 receive the same with one less ECM day than the rest of the school.
How to Support your daughter in this Subject
Regular conversations with your daughter at home on what they covered in PSHE and on ECM days can further your daughter's learning and personal development in the topics covered.
To learn more about some of the programmes we use click on the links below.