PSHE: Personal, Social and Health Education

PSHE education equips pupils with the knowledge, understanding, skills and strategies required to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. It encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic wellbeing. A critical component of PSHE education is providing opportunities for children and young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.

PSHE education contributes to personal development by helping pupils to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help pupils to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives.

The overarching aim for PSHE education is to provide pupils with:

· accurate and relevant knowledge

· opportunities to turn that knowledge into personal understanding

· opportunities to explore, clarify and if necessary challenge, their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities

· the skills, language and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives.

Deptford Green is proud to offer students an enriching and meaningful PSHE curriculum, taught in weekly lessons by specialist staff with high academic expectations. We explore a range of issues, increasing our awareness of concepts such as identity, healthy lifestyle choices relationships and equality and diversitiy.  By developing these concepts Students learn to develop key academic and soft skills such as effective listening, team working as well as reflecting on and managing emotions.   We explore a range of opinions and angles on each topic, developing critical thinking skills and capacities to challenge our understanding and beliefs. We encourage respect for diversity and difference of opinions. Students are regularly assessed on their written argument and debating skills. 


Ms C Carson        Head of Department

Ms M Williams  Teacher of PSHE, RE and Ethics (Head of Sociology)

Foundation Stage Curriculum Overview
Key Stage 4 Curriculum Overview