PSHEE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education)

  • Millfield offers a comprehensive PSHEE programme

At Millfield, we strive not only to give our pupils an academic education but to give them an all-round education, and importantly prepare them for the outside world after they leave Millfield and the responsibilities and realities of adult life.

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE) is a compulsory, non-examined programme for all pupils which is taught by group tutors once a week. PSHEE aims to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead happy, healthy, confident and independent lives.

PSHEE contributes to personal development by helping pupils to build their personal identities, confidence and self-esteem, make career choices and understand what influences their decisions. Developing self-understanding, empathy and the ability to work with others will help our young people to enjoy healthy and productive relationships in all aspects of their lives.

The benefits to pupils of such an approach are numerous as they learn to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up. It also helps them to connect and apply the knowledge and understanding they learn in all subjects to practical, real-life situations while helps them to feel safe and secure enough to fulfil their academic potential.

Sex Education is part of the PSHEE programme but is taught separately in single sex house groups by a dedicated team of tutors. We aim to encourage pupils to make informed choices, foster positive attitudes and feelings and develop assertiveness skills to resist unhelpful pressure; thus enabling pupils to take appropriate decisions that help to ensure a healthy lifestyle.

Millfield has recently reviewed its PSHEE provision and the rollout of a new programme of PSHEE called Positive Education is underway. In time Positive Education will replace PSHEE with a coordinated approach that reaches beyond the classroom into every aspect of the school. Importantly, Positive Education will be taught in houses rather than the classroom and taught by housemasters/housemistresses and assistant housemasters/housemistresses who understand and know their young people best.