PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) is a planned programme of learning at Warminster.
As part of a whole school approach, PSHE develops the qualities and attributes pupils needs to thrive as individuals, family members and positive citizens living in the wider world. We aim to prepare our pupils for adult life through teaching the skills they need to develop their emotional intelligence, raise their self-confidence, encourage them to make safe and well-informed choices, understand what constitutes a health lifestyle in both body and mind, have respect for others and develop and maintain positive relationships.
PSHE incorporates the formal teaching of key life skills. Each pupil in the Prep School and Senior School has regular timetabled PSHE lessons. In the Sixth Form the pupils have PSHE carousel lessons each half term covering a range of relevant topics such as Safe Driving and Emotional Wellbeing. The Sixth Form pupils also experience a range of PSHE themed lectures during the year including drug and alcohol awareness. PSHE is taught by a team of PSHE teachers in the Senior School.
Throughout the school we focus on three key areas of learning- Health and Wellbeing, Healthy Relationships and Living in the Wider World (incorporating citizenship and financial awareness). PSHE lessons are further supported by assemblies and tutor time discussions and other activities.
The internet is a wonderful resource, and in many ways it is difficult to think of life without it, but as a school we feel it is very important that our pupils are equipped with the skills, knowledge and understanding about how to navigate the internet safely and appropriately.
We have a structured programme of E-Safety which is covered in PSHE lessons and Computing lessons.
We also offer parent E-safety information evenings in order to support parents' understanding of how to support their children to navigate all the wonderful things that the internet has to offer in a safe and appropriate way.
PSHE at Warminster School works with our strong pastoral system to support our pupils' mental healths. We explicitly teach about mental health in our PSHE lessons.
We also offer mindfulness and relaxation sessions delivered by a qualified mindfulness teacher to small groups of pupils. In the busy world in which we live, Mindfulness involves learning to direct our attention to our experience as it unfolds, moment by moment, with open-minded curiosity and acceptance.
We believe that mindfulness techniques offer a valuable coping strategy and research suggests that mindfulness can provide young people with a valuable life skill by supporting them in a number of areas: to feel calmer and more fulfilled, to get on better with others, to concentrate and learn, to manage stress and anxiety and to perform well in music and sport.
For further information please get in touch with Georgia Mugridge Head of PSHE.