Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEe)

In keeping with Bristol Cathedral Choir School’s overarching core values of kindness, courage and hope all students are encouraged to discover and achieve their full potential. A wealth of evidence suggests that promoting the health and wellbeing of students has the potential to improve their educational and health outcomes. The broader subject of PSHEe helps young people to achieve their potential by supporting their wellbeing and tackling issues that can affect their ability to learn. At BCCS we believe in educating students about healthy lifestyles, relationships and living in the wider world as important preparation for leading a happy and healthy adult life as a well informed global citizen who is able to identify and assess risk and seek support when necessary.

PSHEe will involve Relationship and Sex Education (RSE). As per recent guidance from the Department for Education (2020) RSE is now a statutory requirement in all Secondary schools across the UK. The objective of RSE is to equip young people with the information, skills and values to have safe, fulfilling and enjoyable relationships, and to take responsibility for their sexual health, wellbeing, physical, emotional and moral development. RSE teaches the fundamental building blocks of positive, nurturing relationships of all kinds, not just intimate relationships. It should enable them to know what a healthy relationship looks like and what makes a good friend, a good colleague and a successful marriage or other type of committed relationship. It will also cover contraception, developing intimate relationships and resisting pressure to have sex (and not applying pressure). Good RSE teaches what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour in relationships.; this will help pupils understand the positive effects that good relationships have on their mental wellbeing, identify when relationships are not right and understand how such situations can be managed. Young people should learn about relationships in an age-appropriate way in order to stay safe

The intended outcomes of our PSHEe programme are that pupils will: 

  • know and understand the law and how to make safe and healthy decisions 
  • understand they have a right to be authentic versions themselves and be protected from harm
  • understand they have a responsibility for global stewardship and making choices to minimise risk 
  • develop the skills of self reflection and regulation, decision making, empathy, active listening, communication and evidence evaluation 
  • develop the attributes of self-esteem, self awareness, resilience, respectfulness and independence.
  • know where to seek support on a range of topics that can present in adolescence and adulthood.