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Orchard School Bristol


Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) 

What is PSHE education?

Our children are growing up in the most rapidly changing period in our history.  This creates complex challenges and new opportunities.

PSHE education deals with the real life issues affecting our children, families and communities.  It is concerned with the social, health and economic realities of their lives, experiences and attitudes.

Why is PSHE education important?

  • Promotes independence and responsibility, preparing children and young people for future roles for parents, employees and leaders.
  • Improves employability by developing the personal and social skills demanded by commerce and industry.
  • Contributes to health and well being, encouraging individual responsibility for health.
  • Contributes to the safety and protection of children and young people.

What does PSHE education provide for our children?

  • Relationships: developing and maintaining positive relationships, dealing with negative relationships (which may include bullying and sexual violence); how to communicate effectively.
  • Health: healthy lifestyles, healthy eating and exercise, mental and emotional health, alcohol and tobacco education.
  • Personal finance; savings, debt management and budgeting.
  • Risk; financial and careers choices, personal safety, Internet safety and violent incidents.
  • Careers choices, enterprise, business and finance.

How can I support my child's PSHE education?

The personal, social, health and economic development of our children is achieved through a partnership between school and the family. 

More information and resources are available from the following:

PSHE Association provides information and resources

Parent Channel TV is an on-line service designed to support parents and carers with a range of videos addressing every day questions and concerns.

Mumsnet works with the PSHE Association to engage parents in issues covered by their children's PSHE education.

Please click here for DfE Statutory RSHE requirements for England