Personal, Social and Health Education, or PSHE, explores the diverse values, beliefs and attitudes of individuals and society. It helps pupils acquire the values and skills which are necessary to become informed, enquiring and resilient, to make sense of their own experiences and to value themselves and respect others.

Men and women must be educated, in a great degree, by the opinions and manners of the society they live in.

Mary Wollstonecraft

Pupils in the Lower School have a weekly PSHE lesson, taught by specialist teachers. These lessons aim to be more relaxed in order to encourage discussion and questions.

Topics include: Friendship; Happiness and Wellbeing; Body Image; Healthy Eating; Personal Safety; Money and Finances; Gender Stereotypes and Discrimination.

In Year 9, this expands to include Sex and Relationship Education and education about Alcohol and Drugs. In Years 10 and 11, PSHE provision takes the form of a programme of workshops and lectures delivered by staff and visiting speakers. PSHE topics are also delivered in regular assemblies. This format extends into the Sixth Form, with a term of weekly lectures focusing on delivering practical advice, such as Driving Skills, and dealing with personal issues such as Eating Disorders and Mental Health Problems.

There are strong connections between the PSHE programme and the school Health Centre, and the school counsellor provides a vital resource for individual pupils in need as well as leading group workshops on topics such as Wellbeing.

Head of PSHE : Mrs Penny Hargreavespoh@sevenoaksschool.org