PSHE stands for Personal, Social and Health Education and is a programme of learning through which our pupils acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives. At the Polygon School, it underpins a student’s personal development as they progress through their time here.
As part of a whole school approach and embedded within our curriculum PSHE develops the qualities and attributes our pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society; helping them to build their personal identities, confidence and self-esteem and understand what influences their decisions. Developing self-understanding, empathy and the ability to work with others will help our pupils to enjoy healthy and productive relationships in all aspects of their lives.
Through our rich and varied curriculum, pupils will be given opportunities to learn skills to develop effective relationships assume greater personal responsibility and keep themselves safe. PSHE assists children to cope with sensitive events such as bereavement, changes at puberty, introduces them to a wider world and enables them to make an active contribution to their communities.
A Well-Being/PSHE/SEAL programme of study has been developed to support children’s spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development. This is split into three core areas:
1. Health and Well Being
3. Living in the Wider World
This year, each KS3 and KS4 tutor group has a weekly PSHE lesson and KS3 have a second one with their tutor.