Personal Social Health Education (PSHE) at Ernulf Academy is a planned programme of learning through which students acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives. As part of a whole school approach, PSHE develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.
The PSHE curriculum at Ernulf Academy focuses on the latest guidance from the Department for Education in 2015:
- Supporting pupils' mental health and emotional wellbeing - wellbeing underpins almost everything we are seeking to achieve through PSHE education.
- Employability and aspiration - The world of work is changing and more employers are looking for the kind of skills we seek to develop through PSHE education, such as self-management, communication and teamwork. At Ernulf Academy we strive to develop these skills by acknowledging and developing student's career aspirations.
- Safeguarding – Many of our modules across Key stage 3 and 4 explore how pupils can build positive, safe relationships and become physically and emotionally healthier while managing life's opportunities and risks safely. Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) is a key element of safeguarding, with the concepts of healthy relationships and consent lying at its heart. Keeping students safe goes beyond SRE, so we also focus on other areas of concern, such as drugs and alcohol, prejudice-based bullying, online safety and extremism.
- Physical health – Key modules in the curriculum address healthy weight, obesity, malnutrition and eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia. Good education about health has a proven impact on prevention and early diagnosis of conditions like cancer, while universal learning about emergency first aid and life-saving skills in schools has been shown to have saved thousands of lives in countries where it is mandatory.