PSHEE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) provides pupils with a social and moral framework on which to base future choices. It enables personal development in a number of areas. PSHE is preparation for life, allowing pupils to become emotionally adept and competent in today’s society.

At Edge Grove the teaching of PSHEE in Years 3-8 aims to:

• Contribute to the child’s process of growing up, and the preparation of the child for moving to Senior School

• Encourage children to be sensitive to their environment

• Develop an understanding of concepts such as tolerance, respect and liberty

• Develop the children’s skills relating to personal safety, discussion, debating and decision making

• Encourage children to develop informed opinions and attitudes for themselves

• Enable every child to feel confident as a valued member of the school community

We deliver PSHEE through two unique curriculums:

  1. In Early Years to Year 6 we teach SEAL (Social, Emotional, Aspects of Learning)
  2. In Years 7 & 8 we teach from the Independent Curriculum and pupils are taught about money management, substance abuse, democracy, sex and health education and revision techniques  

At Edge Grove, many of the aims and objectives of the PSHEE curriculum are met during the course of everyday life in school. The way in which the school community is organised, the guidance offered to pupils by staff and seniors, the recycling initiatives and the many charity events which take place each year encourage pupils to take responsibility for their own actions, respect the views and property of others and show compassion for those less fortunate than themselves. Assembly times, be it whole school or year group assemblies, chapels and tutor periods are also used to re-enforce these aims.

Additionally, many curriculum subjects (Geography, Science, English, RS, Drama etc.) address topics which also arise in PSHEE and Citizenship, such as environmental concerns, government, healthy living, hygiene, personal relationships and so on.

 The school-wide programme is delivered in one lesson per week in each year group, and focuses mainly on the following, although there is sufficient flexibility to allow discussion of important topical issues which may arise unexpectedly:

  • Being healthy
  • Staying safe
  • Social development
  • Enjoying and achieving
  • Making a positive contribution

The lessons are occasionally supplemented by outside speakers, dramatic presentations and school visits. In a typical year, Year 3 might visit “Hazard Alley” Safety Centre, Years 5 and 6 might have visits from the local Police or the Fire Brigade, Year 7 might visit the Houses of Parliament, an Environmental Education Centre or a local firm providing Renewable Energy systems and Year 8 might have a presentation on how the Magistrates court works with a visit from a local Magistrate.