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City of London

School for girls

Personal, social, health, citizenship and economic (PSHCE) education is a planned programme of learning through which our pupils acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives both now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHCE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals and as members of wider society.

PSHCE education is an important and necessary part of all pupils' education. The PSHCE education programme at CLSG makes a significant contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, their behaviour and safety, and the school’s statutory responsibility to promote pupils’ wellbeing.

In keeping with our core values of Respect, Responsibility, and Resourcefulness we encourage our pupils to play a positive role in contributing to the life of the school and the wider community.

For each year group the PSHCE education programme will include aspects of the following areas:

  • Health and well-being
  • Identity and society
  • Citizenship in the context of British values
  • Work-related learning and careers education
  • Relationships and sex education
  • Drugs education
  • Financial literacy
  • e-Safety

PSHCE education is delivered formally by form tutors, the head of PSHCE, the heads of year, the school counsellors and external speakers during a one-hour timetabled lesson on a Wednesday for KS3, KS4 and KS5, and also through a 20-minute form time on a Thursday which is led by tutors and sixth-form prefects.

PSHCE education is also delivered through the academic curriculum particularly in subjects such as religion, philosophy and ethics, history, geography, science, and PE lessons.

In addition, whole-school and year-group assemblies incorporate many of the overarching concepts of PSHCE education, and pupils are strongly encouraged to organise and deliver a number of these assemblies themselves.

The school also provides many practical opportunities for pupils to experience fundamental British values. They are encouraged to take an active role in decision making and to have the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an active role in both the school and the wider community. Each form elects a form captain and deputy form captain on a yearly basis and from year 10 upwards pupils may stand for election for different positions linked to inter house activities. The head girl team and senior committee are comprised of members of the sixth form who are elected by staff and pupils. The pupils are encouraged to initiate and run clubs and societies and a well-developed mentoring scheme gives both mentors and mentees experience of exercising rights and responsibilities.