Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is part of the National Curriculum for schools. It is a programme through which pupils develop the qualities, knowledge and understanding they need to flourish as individuals, family members, and members of society at large. It aims to help them make informed decisions and boost their self-esteem.

Girls and boys are not homogenous groups, genetically predisposed to learn in a particular way, but individuals who need to develop teamwork, emotional intelligence, mutual understanding and the ability to relate to others. At Sevenoaks, co-education isn’t an educational philosophy; it’s just life.

At Sevenoaks, pupils in Years 9 to 11 have timetabled PSHE lessons taught by specialist teachers. These lessons aim to be more relaxed in order to encourage discussion and questions. Other year groups follow a programme of lectures and workshops throughout the year.

The work of the PSHE department is strongly supported and developed by the tutors and the Health Centre. School nurses deliver certain PSHE lessons such as contraception, and sex education is also taught in Biology lessons. PSHE topics are delivered in regular assemblies and the enrichment programme of guest speakers. Higher Education and Careers topics are taught separately by the Higher Education department.

We also hold school-wide awareness days and awareness weeks, on subjects such as internet safety, Mental Health Awareness Week and Pride Week.

Head of PSHE: Mrs Penny