The Monmouth School PSHE course seeks to prepare pupils for the challenges that they will face as they grow up, learning the life skills to enable success in their lives beyond school. In the first and second forms (years 7 and 8), the PSHE curriculum focuses on healthy lifestyles, emotional wellbeing, internet safety, financial understanding and study skills.
Pupils develop knowledge, skills and understanding in the following areas: developing confidence, responsibility and making the most of their abilities; preparing to play an active role as citizens; developing a healthy, safer lifestyle; developing good relationships and respecting diversity.
Pupils in Forms III and IV (Years 9 and 10) build upon these skills and focus on additional topics such as Sex and Relationships, Drugs and Alcohol Awareness, Politics and Democracy as well as learning life skills such as plumbing, wiring plugs and understanding a car engine. Form V (Year 11) prepare for future careers, using workbooks and regular visits from speakers on issues such as financial management, preparing for independence and overcoming challenges. Throughout the courses there is a strong element of moral and ethical discussion, allowing pupils to formulate and develop their opinions on a wide variety of important issues.
The PSHE course is delivered through a variety of media including discussion groups, video footage, ICT and visits from speakers outside the School.