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PSHE Overview

Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) 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 PSHE is fundamentally important, particularly as part of ‘‚ÄčEvery Child Matters’.

‚ÄčNational Agenda:

PSHE 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 PSHE 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.


PSHE, Citizenship and Careers are mainly taught through a fortnightly timetabled lesson. Leadership of PSHE and Careers is overseen by the Deputy Head Pastoral 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 PSHE curriculum also plays a vital role in keeping students safe.

We believe that the knowledge, skills, understanding and attributes associated with PSHE 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 PSHE 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 PSHE curriculum encompasses:

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

Please see Schemes of Learning link for further details. In addition, we have a RHSE policy on our policies page.

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

PSHE - Schemes of Learning - Year 7

Autumn 1: Health and Well-Being
  • Transition to secondary school
  • Diet, exercise and how to make healthy choices
Autumn 2: Living in the Wider World
  • Enterprise skills and introduction to careers
  • Challenging career stereotypes and raising aspirations

Spring 1: Relationships

  • Diversity, prejudice and bullying including cyber bullying
  • Managing on- and off-line friendships
Spring 2: Health & Well-Being
  • The risks of alcohol, tobacco and other substances
  • Managing puberty and the issues of unwanted contact and FGM
Summer 1: Relationships
  • Self-esteem, romance and friendships
  • Exploring family life
Summer 2: Living in the Wider World
  • Making ethical financial decisions
  • Saving, spending and budgeting our money

PSHE - Schemes of Learning - Year 8

Autumn 1: Health & Well-Being
  • First aid and personal safety, focusing on road safety
  • Alcohol and drug misuse and managing peer influence
Autumn 2: Living in the Wider World
  • Rights and responsibilities in the community
  • Tackling age and disability discrimination
Spring 1: Relationships
  • Tackling racism and religious discrimination, promoting human rights
  • Online safety and digital literacy
Spring 2: Health & Well-Being
  • Mental health and emotional well-being, including body image
  • Managing change and loss
Summer 1: Relationships
  • Introduction to sexuality and consent
  • Introduction to contraception including condom and the pill
Summer 2: Living in the Wider World
  • Evaluating value for money in services
  • Risks and consequences making financial decisions

PSHE - Schemes of Learning - Year 9

Autumn 1: Health & Well-Being
  • Peer pressure, assertiveness and risk, gang crime
  • Dieting, lifestyle balance and unhealthy coping strategies
Autumn 2: Relationships
  • Managing conflict at home and the dangers of running away from home
  • Tackling homophobia, transphobia and sexism
Spring 1: Living in the Wider World
  • Understanding careers and future aspirations
  • Identifying learning strengths and setting goals as part of the GCSE options process
Spring 2: Health & Well-Being
  • Managing peer pressure in relation to illicit substances
  • Assessing the risks of drug and alcohol abuse and addiction
Summer 1: Relationships
  • Relationships and sex education including healthy relationships and consent
  • The risks of STIs, sexting and pornography
Summer 2: Living in the Wider World
  • Planning and carrying out an enterprise project
  • Reflecting on learning skills development in Years 7-9

PSHE - Schemes of Learning - Year 10

Autumn 1: Health & Well-Being
  • Transition to key stage 4 and developing study habits
  • Mental health and ill health, tackling stigma
Autumn 2: Living in the Wider World
  • Understanding the causes and effects of debt
  • Understanding the risks associated with gambling
Spring 1: Relationships
  • Understanding different families and learning parenting skills
  • Managing change, grief and bereavement
Spring 2: Living in the Wider World
  • Preparation for work experience
  • Evaluation of work experience and readiness for work
Summer 1: Relationships
  • Tackling relationship myths and expectations
  • Managing romantic relationship challenges including break ups
Summer 2: Health & Well-Being
  • Exploring the influence of role models
  • Evaluating the social and emotional risks of drug use

PSHE - Schemes of Learning - Year 11

Autumn 1: Relationships
  • British values, human rights and community cohesion
  • Challenging extremism and radicalisation
Autumn 2: Living in the Wider World
  • Understanding the college application process and plans beyond school
  • Skills for employment and career progression
Spring 1: Relationships
  • Personal values and assertive communication in relationships
  • Tackling domestic abuse and forced marriage
Spring 2: Health & Well-Being
  • Health and safety in independent contexts
  • Taking responsibility for health choices
Summer 1: Health & Well-Being
  • Promoting self-esteem and coping with stress
  • Learning and revision skills to maximise potential