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Community, Health and Social Studies

CHS Overview

At Manor High we teach community, health and social education (CHS). It helps to give young people the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, safe and independent lives.  As such, the teaching of CHS is fundamentally important, particularly as part of ‘‚ÄčEvery Child Matters’.

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CHS has also a vital role to play in ensuring that our core value of ‘No student will underachieve’ is a reality for all of our students.

As CHS is not assessed through formal national qualifications, it offers real opportunities to make learning essentially what it should always be about – being fun, engaging, stimulating and challenging.

CHS may be known under other names in other establishments, such as PSHE, although the content of the course will be similar.


CHS, Citizenship and Careers are mainly taught through a fortnightly timetabled lesson. Leadership of CHS and Careers is overseen by our Deputy Head and Assistant Head (Character) and planned and prepared with the support of all teaching staff. Where necessary we ask for specialist support e.g. Careers advisor, school nurse, counsellor. 

Mental health and emotional well-being run through all the core themes. The curriculum builds students’ resilience and supports our strategy to foster core British values. The CHS curriculum also plays a vital role in keeping students safe.

We believe that the knowledge, skills, understanding and attributes associated with CHS are developed most effectively when threaded across the whole curriculum. As a result lessons in all subjects are designed to help develop self-confidence and self-esteem and encourage the development of positive relationships.

The emphasis of the CHS curriculum is on developing learning over time, revisiting themes in an age-appropriate manner, building on prior knowledge and understanding and further developing skills.

Each strand of the CHS curriculum encompasses:

  • Living in the wider world
  • Relationships
  • Health and well-being

In addition, we have a CHS policy on our policies page.

Assessment for learning will take place every lesson with periodic self assessment by students on an assessment sheet.