PSHE AND LIFE SKILLS
Elizabeth College is committed to providing a holistic education for all our students and see our academic and pastoral work as interrelated and complementary. We believe it is vital that, alongside achieving their academic potential, our students learn skills and have experiences that enable them to thrive and flourish during the school day, away from school and in the years beyond Elizabeth College.
Our community wide emphasis on wellbeing, together with age appropriate PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education) lessons equips our students to do this.
The pastoral support system is enhanced by a rich and varied programme of assemblies that sees visiting speakers from charities and church groups meeting the pupils on a regular basis. The PSHE programme of study also makes students aware of outside agencies that provide support to pupils as they tackle the challenges of growing up.
UPPER SCHOOL CURRICULUM
As part of the Pastoral Care provision, all students at Elizabeth College study our PSHE course in years 7 and 8. The ideas and ethos of ‘life skills’ are then developed throughout their time at College, both in lessons and assemblies. In years 9 to 11, PSHE is delivered through ‘Collapsed Curriculum Days’.
In Year 7, the course is based around James Shone’s ideas of ‘I can and I am’ with the goal of pupils leaving school with a ‘developed sense of self-belief’ in who they are and what they can do. There is an increasing focus on the ideas of resilience, growth mindset, an understanding of multiple intelligences and character traits such as grit, curiosity, zest, social intelligence, gratitude, optimism and compassion. We are also using some of the resources of the Jubilee Centre to educate ‘character’, with the idea that character is ‘taught as well as caught’. The three character virtues (Civic, Moral and Performance) will increasingly provide focus throughout the life skills course.
PSHE is intended to enable individuals to deal effectively with the demands and challenges of everyday life. It is intended to equip students with the tools needed to lead successful and healthy lives, both personally and in their chosen career. Various outside speakers contribute to the PSHE curriculum and the course deals with a wide range of themes: digital ethics and safe internet use, relationships, alcohol and smoking, finance, relationships, nutrition, morality, first aid, diversity, politics, the justice system, employment and sexual health throughout their time at the school.