Personal, Social & Health Education and Citizenship
Our aim is to enable all pupils to develop their personal identity and self-worth and at the same time develop respect for others. Great emphasis is placed on self-advocacy, although many pupils find this difficult. As a consequence of this, we constantly see ways of enabling the pupils to make decisions and choices appropriate to their needs and age.
We have a close relationship with the Health Service and have a school nurse who visits regularly.
In KS3 we look at Active Citizenship, Topical Events, Government and Democracy, Families, Alcohol, Environment Issues, Anti-Social Behaviour, Drugs, Identity, Responsibilities, Conflict and Sex and Relationship issues.
In KS4 the boys do not have discrete lessons in this area but are given assistance with Careers Information form a contracted-in provider. Other issues will be dealt with as they arise in other subject areas, assembly and tutor times.
Recent guidelines (July 2015) reiterate the areas to be covered in secondary schools as outlined by the review of the subject in 2013 by the Department for Education. At Portal House these lessons are covered in Citizenship and PSHE lessons and in the context of relationships and responsibilities. All lessons will be age and ability appropriate and will take account of known personal circumstances.