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At The John Lyon School, we are as committed to developing each student’s social and emotional intelligence as we are to developing their academic learning. Our Personal, Social, Citizenship, Health & Economic education (PSCHE) programme is designed to enhance the individual development of every student.

PSCHE is a core element of the curriculum for all boys in Years 7-11 and is therefore an integral part of the pastoral provision within the School, where lessons are taught by the form tutor. PSCHE is taught thematically covering six core themes: Health, Relationships, Study Skills, Careers, Money Matters and Life Skills. Lessons are targeted to the needs of individual year groups, with essential themes and skills revisited each year.

PSCHE provides teaching on numerous pastoral issues, such as: relationships, bullying, alcohol, drugs, sex and relationships, academic progress, moral values and citizenship. The programme of study in PSCHE is designed to address the following objectives:

  • Develop a positive self-concept

  • Improve decision-making ability, related to personal and health issues

  • Clarify health, personal and social attitudes or values

  • Increase health knowledge

  • Cultivate communication and study skills

  • Expand knowledge of economics and careers options

  • Gain knowledge and understanding about becoming informed citizens

  • Inspire a sense of social responsibility

  • Encourage skills of participation and responsible action

  • Foster skills to deal with transitional stages, inside and outside of School

PSCHE aims to provide students with the knowledge and understanding to develop a moral code and make responsible and reasoned judgements. Students learn to consider their own values and beliefs and develop self-knowledge through their lessons, alongside numerous talks by both internal and external speakers. Examples of previous external speakers include: Animal Aid, Friends of the Earth, Harrow Cut Films, Global Poverty Project, Cybersmile, WizeUp and Dr Aric Sigman; whilst internal talks have been provided by the School Nurse, the School Counsellor and academic members of staff.