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Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is a planned programme of learning opportunities and experiences that help children and young people grow and develop as individuals and as members of families and of social and economic communities.
PSHE education supports children and young people to make informed decisions about their lives. It is a planned curriculum area that contributes to pupils’ life chances, developing knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes.

PSHE education can make a substantial contribution to schools meeting the Every Child Matters outcomes and the three Statutory Aims of the National Curriculum, Successful learners, Confident individuals and Responsible Citizens.

What are its essential elements?

PSHE gives young people the information they need to make the right choices about their future. It covers a range of issues young people growing up today face such as:

· leading healthier lifestyles

· body image and health issues

· managing personal finance

· careers education

· avoiding harm from alcohol and drugs

· Sex and relationships.

(All PSHEE schemes have been subject to audit over the past academic year teaching will however be reactive to the specific requirements of the students over time)

Follow this link to the national curriculum online -

Students will be assessed in a variety of ways in PSHEE structured writing tasks, artistic design of posters / Flyers etc, debating skills and presentation based activities.

Assessment will be done through peer / self assessment in accordance to the schools assessment for learning policy. This encourages your son to consider the work of others in an attempt to improve his own skills.

How can Parents / Carers help?

Parents / Carers can help their son achieve in the following ways:

  • Discuss the topics he is studying with him to give him another perspective to consider other than the viewpoints of his teacher or peers
  • Allow him access to a variety of media to improve his understanding of the world around him
  • Encourage your son to be open minded to the variety of cultures and values he is exposed to and encourage an inquisitive attitude
  • Encourage him to access a variety of news media to ensure he keeps up with current affairs
  • Support your son when he is developing his assessed work and offer him additional support regarding sensitive issues

Many Thanks in advance for your support!


King Edward VI Aston is an Aided Grammar School for Boys and Specialist Sports College
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