From key stage one to five, PSHE is an integral part of the syllabus in international
schools offering the UK-based curriculum.
handling the emotional aspects of transitioning from primary school to secondary school and managing online relationships.
During the primary years, the PSHE curriculum revolves around learning about:
Health and wellbeing
- A healthy lifestyle (physical, emotional and mental) and how to maintain this throughout life Keeping physically and emotionally safe
Managing puberty and transition Making informed decisions about health and where to get help if needed
Responding to an emergency Online safety, personal hygiene, differences between boys and girls, and how to talk about feelings
- How to manage emotions and maintain relationships within the many social and cultural situations students in international schools will encounter
Managing emotions, how to respond to negative relationships (bullying and abusive) and ask for help
How to respect equality and
PSHE classes have positive effects on both academic and non-academic aspects of a student’s life”
Benefits of PSHE education
Now more than ever, PSHE education plays a vital role in developing the necessary understanding needed for students to become successful, caring adults. Known as the curriculum that prepares children and teens for life, it helps with so many life-changing decisions and makes them aware of what is the right thing to do.
Parents want schools to prepare their children academically so that they can further their studies, get good jobs and become successful. But they are also aware that scholastic performance is influenced by so much more than just studying. Getting top grades without learning about the practicalities of life and how to manage relationships could lead to difficulties when entering the ‘real world’.
Some parents are unable or reluctant to discuss subjects like safe sex, STDs, drugs, partying and personal safety – this is where PSHE comes in. By taking some of the onus off the parents, these life lessons taught at school ensure that students are prepared to deal with problems, manage their lifestyles, be good citizens, communicate better and make informed decisions.
Safe sex, party drugs, consent, online safety are necessary topics to be discussed appropriately”