Specialist Education

At Grateley House School we view Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic education (PSHCE) as laying the foundation for all learning to take place.  Such value stems from the view that we not only want our students to achieve their potential academically, we also strive for them to become global citizens who contribute to their communities, have respect for others, hold British values in the highest regard and understand their place in the wider context of the world.


Through the contribution of PSCHE, Grateley House School actively promotes British Values and supports students’ social, moral spiritual, cultural development. It is our aim to prepare our students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life as set out in Section 78 of the Education Act 2002.   In addition, Grateley House School recognise the high value a good quality PSHCE curriculum holds in providing a broad and balanced curriculum that promotes positive behaviours, safety (including e-safety) and SEAL (social and emotional aspects of learning).   As a school, we recognise our responsibility to teach our students how to keep themselves safe both in school, their homes and the wider community.


At Grateley House School, PSHCE education is a planned, developmental programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills, students need to manage their lives now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHCE education develops the qualities and attributes students need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. For our students at Grateley House School, their autism needs to be celebrated and any barriers that could prevent them from engaging in society, overcome.


Our PSHCE education contributes to personal development by facilitating building of student confidence, resilience and self-esteem, to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others, will help students to form and maintain good relationships, develop essential skills for future employability and allow them to better manage their lives and obtain a sense of fulfillment.


Our PSHCE education programme aims to make a significant contribution to students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, their safety and the school’s statutory responsibility to promote students’ wellbeing.  In addition, the learning provided through our comprehensive PSHCE education provision is an essential to safeguarding students at Grateley House School as well as actively promoting British values.


Our PSHCE curriculum is designed to build self-esteem and aims to ensure that every student leaves Grateley House School, feeling able and confident to move forward onto paths we have carefully helped to construct alongside them.