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International School Ikast-Brande
Leadership blog

Why PSHE matters.

PSHE is a curriculum subject through which learners develop understanding, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. It gives children and adolescents explicit learning opportunities on how to stay safe, healthy and prepared for life’s challenges and opportunities PSHE is exceptionally important to pupils as it allows them to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. From making responsible decisions about alcohol, to succeeding in their first job, PSHE helps pupils to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up.

Not only is it important to focus on sensitive topics, for example: Drugs and Alcohol education; Sex and Relationships education, but it is also key to offer overt learning opportunities for developing ones character.

At ISIB, our Character Curriculum concentrates on six key aspects – Self-awareness, Values, Resilience, Social Effectiveness, Interpersonal effectiveness and Effectiveness within the wider community. Within these six character aspects, our learners have ample prospects to learn about how to manage emotional responses to change; adversity and challenge; develop self-belief and motivation to persevere; learn ways to build and maintain personal, social and working relationships; practise skills of compromise, assertiveness and negotiation to support effective communication, and many more.

A growing body of research demonstrates how learners who are emotionally healthy do better at school. PSHE helps pupils to develop skills and qualities – like teamwork, communication, resilience etc. – that are crucial to navigating the challenges and opportunities of the modern world, and are increasingly valued by employers.

To find out more about PSHE and the research surrounding it please visit this link:

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