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Personal Social Health and Economic Education


All Holte School staff are involved in delivering Citizenship and PSHE education, we do this through a cross curricular approach, over six discreet days a year and as part of a Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural programme of study delivered during form time.

Every pupil at Holte takes part in PSHE and Citizenship days and they are often filled with subject specialists from the working world, government organisations such as the NHS or the police and voluntary organisations as well as visits to various places in and around Birmingham.

Our Citizenship and PSHE curriculum provides an invaluable opportunity to support students’ social, moral, spiritual and cultural (SMSC) development and to promote fundamental British values and our core school values amongst students.

Personal, social, health and economic education, (PSHE) at Holte School is an important part of the curriculum and in keeping with the ethos of the school, encouraging the appreciation of diversity, community and the promotion of self-awareness. Essentially, the PSHE curriculum aims to develop knowledge of a range of PSHE topics; develop skills of enquiry and communication; develop an understanding of the spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) values of the school, society and of people of diverse faiths and finally develop skills of active participation and responsible action. Moreover we seek to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.

The content for the PSHE curriculum is based on the relevant aspects of the non-statutory frameworks for PSHE at Key stages 3 and 4 and seeks to build on: drug education, financial education, relationship and sex education (RSE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.

The core PSHE curriculum is delivered by all staff during three PSHE days, held once a term, and through an SMSC programme of study delivered by form tutors twice a week. The curriculum has been developed around three core themes at Key Stage 3, 4 and 5.

  1. Health and wellbeing,
  2. Relationships
  3. Living in the wider world: economic wellbeing, careers & the world of work

PSHE is also taught as part of the school’s SMSC programme of study delivered during form time twice a week. In addition Year Managers deliver a series of assemblies on the core themes of PSHE to complement the work undertaken during PSHE days and form time. At Key Stage 4 students also help to plan their own days, deciding what they would like to learn about within PSHE and then delivering the material to their peers.

Relationship and Sex Education is delivered as part of the RE, Science, Health and Social Care, and PSHE curriculum. The school provides appropriate training for staff delivering these sessions during PSHE days. Where necessary external agencies, such as the NHS, and Umbrella provide additional support. Further details regarding provision for RSE are included within the schools Sex Education Policy.

Under the Children and Social Work Act 2017, in line with the terms set out in statutory guidance, by law we are required to teach relationships and sex education (RSE). We must also teach health education under the same statutory guidance.

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All students undertake an annual PSHE examination and their progress in PSHE is reported as part of the school’s arrangements for reporting to parents.

We believe it is important for all pupils to learn about all matters related to health, however if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact your child’s Year Manager or Year Co-ordinator.

The programme of study for PSHE

Click here for the PSHE programme of study.

Click here for the school’s PSHE policy

Click here for the school’s Relationship and Sex Education policy

For further information regarding the school’s SMSC programme of study please refer to the SMSC section of the school website.

Multi-agency support

The school uses a wide range of external agencies to complement the delivery of PSHE including, the NHS, School Nurse, West Midlands Police, Anti-youth violence, Loudmouth theatre company, Muslim Women’s Network and Umbrella. The school’s Designated Safeguarding Lead and Assistant Headteacher, Pastoral systematically monitor and evaluate the use of external agencies prior to their use.

The school also provides a wide range of pastoral support to vulnerable students in conjunction with external agencies.

Enriching or students’ experiences

We are very keen for pupils to have as many opportunities as possible to experience the wider world. During PSHE and Citizenship Days our pupils have visited places such as ‘The Lighthouse’ – where Year 7 learnt the importance of healthy living, ‘SafeSide’ – an interactive space where Year 8 pupils can learn how to keep safe, ‘The University of Birmingham’ – Year 9 were learning all about careers and future courses, the Slavery Museum – where Year 10 students explored slavery in the past an present, ‘The Skills Show’ – where Year 10 and 11 were able to experiment and learn different skills. Sixth formers also visit different Universities and have representatives from different educational establishments come in to speak with them.


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