Personal, Social and Health Education
Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE education) is defined as: ‘…a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives. As part of a whole school approach, PSHE develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.’
PSHE education at Bluecoat Wollaton Academy offers students the opportunity to develop the understanding, knowledge and skills they need to achieve and exceed, to be resilient and to lead safe, happy and healthy lives. It aims to help students understand how they are developing personally, socially and emotionally and explore a range of attitudes and values.
The programme of study for PSHE education at BWA includes topics such as: bullying, crime, cultural diversity, drug and alcohol education, healthy eating, online safety, road safety awareness, prejudice, social and emotional health, wellbeing, sex and relationships and peer pressure. Each year group is allocated two days per year off timetable to really engage with these important and relevant issues. Our PSHE ‘drop down days’ are led by professionals and external providers, giving students a safe and personalised learning environment to practice and develop the skills necessary to manage the moral, social and cultural challenges and responsibilities that are part of growing up and living in our world.
Our PSHE curriculum at BWA follows the statutory curriculum for PSHE which ensures schools teach a range of topics such as mental wellbeing, internet safety and harms, physical fitness and relationships. It is planned to make sure that teaching of PSHE topics is age appropriate and embedded within the wider curriculum. Areas of the curriculum are revisited over the course of Years 7 – 10 to enable students to get a deeper and more purposeful understanding of these topics, so that they can reflect and seek support where necessary.