Numbers, statistics and grades play a pivotal and vital role in the lives of our pupils, but we all know that these are not the only aspects that matter. Their character, their relationship with themselves and others, and the role they play in the wider community are fundamental in forming well rounded individuals.
At Framlingham College, this holistic development of the pupils is no more evident than in the Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) programme. We take the preparation of the pupils in our care for the world beyond the College very seriously and understand that ‘soft skills’ are essential to finding success in their future careers. For this reason, the PSHE programme is designed to equip them with the knowledge and understanding of the toolkit needed to do so.
At the Prep School, PSHE lessons run weekly for Years 3-8. Tutors follow an excellent scheme which looks at a huge variety of age-appropriate topics such as kindness, feelings, health, puberty and resilience. It is a subject that is taught in a very engaging and discursive manner.
From Year 9 through to Year 11, pupils cover a variety of engaging topics. This works on a carousel system where pupils move from topic to topic on a half-termly basis, covering up to 6 sessions per year. Such sessions include Healthy Body, Healthy Mind, Moral Thinking, E-Safety, Crime and Criminality, Character Development, Alcohol and Drugs and Sex Education.
Pupils in Year 10 and 11 also have a double block of Physical Education as part of a wider effort to encourage healthy lifestyles and as a way of developing ‘soft skills’ such as communication, team work and character.
As is evident, the scheme covers a range of important topics that help pupils become well rounded, informed individuals who will be able to flourish in their lives beyond Framlingham. We believe that pupils who leave the College with confidence and security give themselves a firm foundation to build on, and through the PSHE programme, this is what we aim for and believe we do provide.