Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE)

Learning PSHCE helps all pupils develop as individuals in a wider society. Pupils learn to understand themselves physically, emotionally, socially and sexually and to understand their relationships with others.

Personal and social skills have strong links with PSHCE. Due to their difficulties in understanding social situations and with communication, pupils may use unusual ways to communicate or interact.
Such behaviour may include:

  • self-injurious behaviour
  • confrontational non-compliance
  • extreme states of avoidance and withdrawal, often associated with obsessive and ritualistic behaviours
  • avoiding tasks, behaviour which disrupts, being easily distracted or especially active or hyperactive
  • aggressively inappropriate sexual behaviour.

Such behaviour may be challenging to staff and to families. Where behaviour like this occurs, staff use structured and personalised behaviour plans and interventions to help pupils to recognise, manage and moderate their own behaviour. Support is offered to families so that similar behaviour change can also be achieved at home.