PSHE: Personal, Social & Health Education

Personal, social, health education (PSHE) promotes students' personal, social and emotional development, as well as their health and wellbeing.

PSHE is a planned, developmental programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future.

As part of a whole-school approach, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

The PSHE programme makes a significant contribution to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, their behaviour, safety and the school’s statutory responsibility to promote pupils’ wellbeing.

Learning occurs in the curriculum through:

  • Subject schemes of work and planned sessions which are delivered in tutor time every week as well as subject areas such as Religious Studies and Science.
  • The school's arrangements for pastoral care and safeguarding.
  • Assemblies.
  • The School Council.
  • Planned learning opportunities with external agencies.
  • Extra-curricular activities

At key stages three and four, we have three core units of study:

Health & Wellbeing:

  1. Managing transition
  2. Maintaining physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing including sexual health.
  3. Parenthood and the consequences of teenage pregnancy.
  4. Assessing and managing risks to health and how to stay safe.
  5. Identifying and accessing help, advice and support.
  6. Making informed choices about health and wellbeing matters including drugs, alcohol and tobacco; maintaining a balanced diet; physical activity.
  7. Responding in an emergency including administering first aid.
  8. The role and influence of the media on lifestyle.


  1. Developing and maintaining a variety of healthy relationships.
  2. Recognising and managing emotions.
  3. Dealing with risky or negative relationships including all forms of bullying (together with the distinct challenges posed by online bullying). Various types of abuse, violence and online encounters.
  4. The concept of consent in a variety of contexts (including in sexual relationships)
  5. Managing loss including bereavement, separation and divorce.
  6. Respecting equality and be a productive member of a diverse community
  7. Identifying and accessing appropriate advice and support.

Living in the Wider World:

  1. Rights and responsibilities as members of diverse communities, as active citizens and participants in the local and national economy.
  2. Making informed choices and being enterprising and ambitious.
  3. How to develop employability, team working and leadership skills.
  4. How personal financial choices can affect oneself and others and about rights and responsibilities as consumers.

At Key Stage 5 there is a particular focus on living in the wider world and study progression in order to prepare our students for the next stage of their lives as adults. A careers advice and support programme is in place for all students in the school through a variety of different approaches.