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Why Study PSHE?

At Forge Valley, PSHE is a ‘life subject’ that equips all our pupils with the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to thrive as individuals, family members, and members of society. Our robust PSHE curriculum educates our pupils to make responsible decisions and keep themselves safe, as well as prepares them for life and work in modern Britain by promoting the development of well-rounded, morally grounded, ambitious young people.

We want our pupils to articulate their thoughts and opinions on a range of important topics and develop confidence and good oracy through class discussions and debates. PSHE plays a crucial role in the promotion of good citizenship and fundamental British Values permeate our programme.

We see Careers Education as a central part of a successful PSHE curriculum. In lessons, our pupils develop key skills and aptitudes such as teamwork, communication, and resilience, which are increasingly valued by employers. PSHE helps our pupils to achieve their academic potential and prepares them for the challenges, opportunities, and responsibilities they will face growing up, ensuring the best life chances of every child.

An important part of Forge Valley’s PSHE curriculum involves our work with external agencies and the local community. From financial education workshops run by The Money Charity to local employers conducting mock interviews on the Y10 ‘Dress to Impress’ day, our pupils are provided with numerous outside speaker engagement opportunities, which enrich our curriculum.

Approach to Lessons

PSHE (Personal, Social, Health, and Economic Education) is taught by a highly committed team of staff. The focus is on evaluating attitudes, examining values, developing soft skills, and understanding the views of others. Lessons are highly interactive, heavily discussion based, sometimes practical, predominantly group based, and reflect our commitment to enable all pupils to participate equally in a safe, supportive, challenging, and fun environment.

  • At Key Stage 3, pupils have one lesson of PSHE per week, as well as at least one employer engagement per year.
  • At Key Stage 4, PSHE is delivered through drop down days, where lessons that are appropriate for this stage and build upon prior learning are delivered on set dates throughout the academic year.
  • In Year 10, pupils have four drop down days and in Year 11, pupils have two drop down days, as well as at least one employer engagement per year.
Subject Overview and PSHE Calendar

The programme is divided into the following units:

  • Bullying
  • Careers Education
  • Citizenship (includes British Values, Climate Change, Democracy, Disability Awareness, Equal Opportunities, Family, and Human Rights)
  • Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco Education
  • Economic Wellbeing and Financial Capability
  • Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health
  • Enterprise and Work-Related Learning
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Loss and Bereavement
  • Safety
  • Sex and Relationships Education

These units encompass a broad range of subject matter and skill development. Not all units are taught in every year. Please see our current PSHE Calendar below.