Learning PSHCE helps all pupils develop as individuals in the wider world. Pupils learn to understand themselves physically, emotionally, socially and sexually. PSHCE also helps pupils to understand their relationships with others. In PSHCE lessons pupils learn things such as the importance of rights, especially child rights, how to maintain mental health and role that democracy and law play in their lives.
Pupils are regularly exposed to current affairs and real life scenarios to better prepare them for the realities of life outside of the school gates and are encouraged to discuss their thoughts and feelings about the world around them. Within PSHCE Education, group work, discussion, respect of others and expression of opinions are key to helping pupils develop their own views about their world. The Ethos within PSHCE is to develop leaders for the present and future and pupils are regularly encouraged to challenge the status quo in order to help make the world a better place.
Personal and social skills have strong links with PSHCE. Due to their difficulties in understanding social situations and with communication, pupils may use unusual ways to communicate or interact. Such behaviour may include:
- self-injurious behaviour;
- confrontational non-compliance;
- extreme states of avoidance and withdrawal, often associated with obsessive and ritualistic behaviours;
- avoiding tasks;
- behaviour which disrupts;
- being easily distracted or especially active or hyperactive;
- inappropriate sexual behaviour.
Such behaviour may be challenging to staff and families. Where behaviour like this occurs, staff use structured and personalised behaviour plans and interventions to help pupils to recognise, manage and moderate their own behaviour. Support is offered to families through our full time Family Support Worker so that similar behaviour change can also be achieved at home.