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What is PSHE?

Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) is a planned programme of learning opportunities and experiences that help young people grow and develop. PSHE education can be described as 'preparing for life and living well in the 21st century', as it deals with the real life issues affecting young people, their families and communities today.

It is important because...

  • It makes a major contribution to the health and achievement of our students
  • It creates an awareness to their welfare and safety
  • It helps to increase independence and ultimately enables students to take responsibility for themselves
  • It prepares students for their future role as parents, employees and leaders.

The Oakwood Academy

We teach PSHE because students benefit from learning how to lead healthy lifestyles, manage their feelings, build positive relationships and become financially capable. Much of the lessons or workshops are predominantly discussion-based which allows for a more holistic approach to learning through opportunities to talk about issues and explore ways of dealing with and understanding personal opinion and emotions.

In KS3 and 4 we learn about topics such as:

  • Digital safety and online exploitation
  • SRE (sex and relationships education)
  • Healthy relationships
  • Developing positive character traits
  • Diversity
  • Body confidence
  • Careers and financial awareness

In PSHE, we strive to further develop our character curriculum via the Free to be me school campaign.

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At The Oakwood Academy, students experience a range of opportunities to develop values. In September 2015, we introduced the acronym DRIVE.

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