PSHCEE stands for Personal, Social and Health, Citizenship & Economic Education.
I recently attended a super training day run by The PSHE Association during which an ISI Inspector stressed that we must endeavour to teach values rather than facts, and give our pupils the time and space to develop a love of learning and to nurture their own values in order to cope with life in the 21st century. This very philosophy was echoed by visiting Professor Bart McGettrick. He said that relationships are at the heart of learning and the purpose of education is the flourishing of humanity. He asserted that education must be about values – hope, justice and love – and those who focus on just facts and exam results are rather missing the point of education, a view we have always taken in our PSHCEE department.
Our PSHCEE Department continues to instill values into our pupils. What values do you need when coping with sex and relationships, money and finance, smoking, drugs and alcohol let alone citizenship and bullying? Our great strength at Godolphin is that values are intrinsic to our curriculum – both inside and outside the classroom – so girls are ‘educated’ not just in stand-alone PSHCEE lessons, but throughout their whole time at Godolphin.
We could not do this without the support and ‘smiling eyes’ of parents, families, peer groups, local groups and society in general and it is quite right that our PSHCEE ‘education’ should be a community effort.
As one of this century’s greatest educators, Dr. James Emmanuel Kwegyir-Aggrey (1875-1927), said, ‘If you educate a man you educate an individual, but if you educate a woman you educate a family (nation)’.
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