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Notre Dame High School

Notre Dame
High School

PSHEE

 

'The glory of God is a human being fully alive' St Irenaeus

Our school’s mission commits our community to ‘a rounded education that develops knowledgeable, morally informed and compassionate your leaders’.

Our school’s curriculum sets out this mission by giving our students a sense of moral purpose grounded in Gospel Values alongside British Values.

Inspired by St Julie Billiart, the foundress of the Sister of Notre Dame de Namur, we provide our young people with 'what they need to know for life' empowering them to have 'hearts as wide as the world'.

We light fires of intellectual curiosity to inspire each student’s career pathway and vocation, enabling them to ‘live life to the full’ John 10:10.

Why learn PSHEE?
 

You are growing up in a rapidly changing world, full of opportunities.

Personal Social Health Economic Education (PSHEE) is a compulsory, non-examined subject which enables us to develop:

  • Our hearts and character: Who we are 
  • Our actions and attitudes: How we live and learn 
  • Our moral compass: Where we fit in the world

PSHEE equips you with trustworthy and reliable values, knowledge and skills to give you a balanced life from:

  • positive relationships that develop you as an individual, family member and member of society
  • positive mental and physical health
  • self-confidence, self esteem and resilience
  • the ability to identify and protect yourself from risks and keep yourself safe, both online and offline
  • an understanding of your unique personality and skills
  • economic wellbeing and potential career pathways
  • effective strategies to prepare for exams and revision
  • ways to access specialist advice, support and guidance within school and appropriate external agencies

Student Voice: Why is PSHEE relevant to your life? 

Each year our students complete a survey which informs the content and delivery of PSHEE.  When asked why PSHEE is an important subject to them they gave the following statements:

  • PSHEE is one of the most important subjects as it teaches you how to be happy and lead a good life 
  • It includes topics that are actually relevant to our lives now and how to navigate life after leaving school
  • Sometimes we have struggles and are uncomfortable to talk about them 
  • PSHEE provides a safe environment for people to talk about issues and learn from each other
  • People should respect each other in life and online
  • It is important to feel confident and secure in life
  • You need to know how to take care of yourself and avoid situations that can hurt you
  • We need to learn how to manage our mental and physical health  
  • Our bodies are a vital part of who we are.  We should learn about accepting our bodies as they are and not have to change them. 
  • The internet and social media are very influential on our lives.  They don’t give a realistic perspective on life 
  • It is important to learn about how to form positive relationships. 
  • I want to learn how to become a good partner and parent

For a full report on the 2021 Student Survey click here.

Hot Topics

Each year, students complete a survey to prioritise the topics that they feel are most helpful/relevant to their lives.  Lessons that include the ‘hot topic’ logo indicate that it has been made in response to their feedback.

How do we learn PSHEE? 

PSHEE is taught in Form Groups to encourage relationships and discussion in a safe and and non-judgemental space. 

Lessons also provide opportunities to reflect on and develop your personal beliefs, values and opinions through individual written work.

What themes do we learn? 

Rationale

Our PSHE Curriculum is devised from the PSHE Association’s recommended categories which we have divided into sub topics. 

  1. Health and Wellbeing (H&W)
  • Mental Health: strategies for maintaining positive wellbeing. How to access support. Study Skills
  • Physical Health: understanding our bodies, being body positive and maintaining physical wellbeing
  • Sexual Health: understanding reproduction, contraception and reducing the risk of STIs.
  • Drugs Education: identifying and understanding legal and illegal drugs.  Understanding the laws relating to drugs. How to access support
  1. Living in the Wider World (LWW)
  • Citizen: being a member of our school, national and global society. British values, laws and democracy. Links with Diversity
  • Finance: managing money and being a responsible consumer
  • Careers: identifying our transferrable skill strengths and how they can link to different career pathways
  • Safety: Strategies for avoiding risk.  First aid. Staying safe online.
  1. Relationships (RSE)
  • Relations: understanding the characteristics of and maintaining positive relationships with friends, family and intimate adult relationships. How to access support
  • Diversity: learning about people with different values and identities to our own.  Appreciating the benefits of living in an inclusive society. Preventing radicalisation, extremism, sexual harassment, homophobia and racism. Links with Citizen

British Values

Our students are encouraged to express their individuality, whilst also respecting our British Values of acceptance and tolerance of others.

These values are promoted and explored across the PSHEE Curriculum.  Lessons that explore specific British Values display this graphic to draw explicit reference.

Each topic is then split into a series of lessons that incorporate specific skills and knowledge from the PSHEE Association’s Program of Study.  To view what topics are taught each term, click on the links below.

If at any time you and/or your parent(s)/carer(s) wish to discuss the contents of the PSHEE curriculum, or any issues raised in the lessons, please contact Mr Savage our PSHEE Co-ordinator.

What topics do we cover in each year? 

Our PSHEE curriculum is delivered as a series of lessons that incorporate specific skills and knowledge from the PSHEE Association’s Program of Study.  To view what topics are taught each term, click on the links below.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11

If at any time you and/or your parent(s)/carer(s) wish to discuss the contents of the PSHEE curriculum, or any issues raised in the lessons, please contact Mr Savage our PSHEE Co-ordinator.

Relationships and Sex Education

As a Catholic community, PSHEE develops an understanding that you have been uniquely created in the image of God with your own special worth and value.  It is part of a holistic approach to education that focuses not just on academia but also on your social, moral and spiritual development.

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is taught as part of PSHEE.  Our course uses carefully chosen age appropriate resources in keeping with our school's  Catholic ethos. We solely use reliable and trustworthy sources accredited by the Catholic Education Service, the national PSHE Association and Norfolk Local Authority.

PSHEE is a vital opportunity to explore often sensitive issues in a safe and respectful way.  Students are given reliable information and are invited to discuss their meaning and importance by discussing them together.  Students are then given opportunities to develop their personal beliefs, values and opinions through individual written work.

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RSE Parental Survey

As a school community, we are committed to working in partnership with parents and carers to complement and reinforce the lessons you teach your child as they prepare for adulthood. 

With this in mind we have produced a short survey to receive feedback and any additional questions that you may have.

To access the survey click here.

Key NDHS Documents:

External Links:

 

Policies 

PSHEE is taught in line with the following school policies which can be accessed on the Policies page of our website:

  • Acceptable Use and E-Safety Policy
  • Behaviour
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance
  • Drugs Education
  • Equality and Diversity 
  • Relationships and Sex Education
  • Safeguarding
  • Special Needs