PSHE / Life Matters
At St Catherine's our own Life Matters courses address topics and issues from the PSHE curriculum. Life Matters at St Catherine's seeks to equip our students with balanced and accurate information with which they can make good choices for life, and forge happy and healthy relationships, both now and in the future.
Changes made for new legislation starting in 2021
We are very proud of our existing program, and the legislation that came into effect in Summer 2021 for PSHE gave us exciting opportunities to review our Life Matters curriculum further. The new government mandatory requirements for the teaching of Relationships and Sex Education covered much familiar content, and also contained updated guidance on the teaching of Mental Health. A significant difference was the new requirement to assess student progress, and we leveraged some of our favourite digital tools (Kahoot, Quizizz, Google Forms, Kialo etc.) to achieve this in an engaging way in class time, without adding to student workload. Since September 2020 we introduced “Friday Reflections” into tutor time as a means to consolidate the work done in Life Matters lessons during the week.
Through the academic year 2020-21 we consulted parents and students, and piloted some new courses and content, to ensure St Catherine’s girls continue to receive the very best PSHE /Life Matters education.
Click here to view our Relationships & Sex Education policy.