PSHE and Citizenship at HDHS
Personal Social Health Education (PSHE) & Citizenship is a basic entitlement for all students at Harwich and Dovercourt High School. It is embedded within the ethos of the school and is reflected in the general aims of the school. PSHE & Citizenship is a taught lesson that promotes students’ well-being and self-esteem enabling them to take responsibility for their future life choices.
Personal – to do with ourselves.
Social – to do with our interactions and relationships with others.
Health – all about looking after our bodies both mentally and physically.
PSHE covers three different topics:
Living in the Wider World:
Focuses on careers, personal finance,independent living, British Values, skills for life, personal values and SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural development).
Health and Wellbeing:
Focuses on health, hygiene, exercise, mental health, personal safety, drugs and alcohol.
Relationships and Sex Education (RSE):
Focuses on sex, relationships, friends and family matters, LGBT+, positive and unhealthy relationships.
PSHE & Citizenship is about what it is to be a person, and how to be a valuable member of society. Fundamentally, this is concerned with the exploration of values and attitudes, with the development of skills, and with the acquisition of relevant knowledge and understanding. This should enable students to lead confident, healthy, responsible lives as individuals and a contributing part of society. From making responsible decisions to succeeding in their first job, PSHE helps to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up.
We want all our students to be healthy and to achieve at school and in life. We believe that by providing opportunities at school for enhancing emotional and physical health, we will improve long term health, reduce health inequalities, increase social inclusion and raise achievement for all.
PSHE & Citizenship aims to enable students to:
• Respect others and be respected.
• Be independent, but also interdependent.
• Behave responsibly and to understand the consequences of actions.
• Have a concern for justice and uphold the rights of others.
• Treat others the way they wish to be treated.
Harwich and Dovercourt High School is committed to providing our students with careers education, information, advice and guidance for all students in Years 7 -13. The provision of resources and advice to enable students to understand and develop career choices and to ensure that careers education is seen as part of the overall curriculum for all years. We aim to:
During PSHE Days, students spend time off timetable in order to study topics that affect their real lives. During the 2020-2021 school year, PSHE Days covered a variety of topics including:
Our PSHE Days also frequently involve guest speakers and presenters from groups such as:
Our next PSHE Day is to be confirmed.
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