Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE), is the promotion of the personal and social development of students. It develops the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary for effective participation in society.
PSHE is taught at St George’s by the students’ Form Tutor for one lesson per fortnight. The programme runs from the First Year to the Upper Sixth. The programme is led by tutors, supported by the Heads of Year, the Heads of Section and the PSHE Coordinator.
Teaching methods are mixed, ranging from group work, role-play, question and answer sessions, to visiting speakers and class discussion.
PSHE contains the following six key areas, which are taught on a spiral curriculum:
Moral Education looks at the principles by which we arrive at our behaviour. It is concerned with judgments about right and wrong, the nature of virtue and how to practice it. Moral education is that part of PSHE which helps the student to understand what moral questions involve, how to recognise moral issues and how to arrive at a moral decision.
Careers Education helps students to become interested and aware of their opportunities and to understand themselves in relation to those opportunities. In addition it aims to help students make reasoned decisions and to make the transition between school and the next stage of their life.
Health Education provides students with basic health knowledge and an understanding of human development. In addition, it shows students that they have some control over their health and that they can, to some extent determine their future health.
Social Education is a process whereby students are encouraged to learn more about themselves,
the social group they are part of and the society in which they live. This process fosters critical awareness and is designed to enable students to develop skills that make a reasoned and confident participation in society possible.
Political Education (Citizenship) shows the students what the main political disputes are about and how this affects them. In addition, it provides the knowledge and skills to understand and exercise power in societies.
The Pastoral Curriculum includes topics such as the students’ place in the school, the pastoral group as a caring community, relationships, the self, social skills, communication and listening skills, school