(PSHE) Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

This is delivered on four Personal Development days throughout the year.









On these days the normal timetable will be suspended and each year group will participate in workshops and activities, some of which will be run by outside agencies and professionals in this field. This will enable the students to explore these issues in more depth.

Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education has in various forms been part of the national curriculum for schools in England since 2000. PSHE is defined by Ofsted as a planned programme to help children and young people develop fully as individuals and as members of families and social and economic communities. The goal is to equip young people with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthily, safely, productively and responsibly.

Subject Leader – Mr J Sidhu – BSc Hons


YR 7 Emotional wellbing – Rights & Responsibilities

  1. (Consumer rights) Exploring different kinds of rights and obligations and how these affect both individuals and communities.
  1. (Responsibilities of the government, armed forces, police, fire department, etc.) Understanding that individuals, organisations and governments have responsibilities to ensure that people are supported and protected.
  1. (Human rights) Investigating ways in which rights can compete and conflict, and understanding that hard decisions have to be made to try to balance these.
  1. (Legal rights) Understanding your legal rights.
  1. (Freedom of speech) The role of the media in informing and influencing public opinion and holding those in power to account.
  1. (Rights & responsibilities) In school.


YR 8 Economic Risk & Financial Understanding

  1. (Bank accounts and savings) Risk and reward, and how money can make money through savings, investment and trade.
  1. (Budgeting) How businesses and people use finance.
  1. (Loans and mortgages) What are loans and mortgages. Social and moral dilemmas about the use of money. Student loans for higher education.
  1. (Debt) Understanding the need to manage debt in the context of financial and career choices.  
  1. (Fraud) How to minimise fraud and what to do if it happens.
  1. (Taxes) Understanding the functions and uses of tax.

YR 9 Identities & Diversity

  1. (Diversity & prejudice) The power of prejudice and the need to take the initiative in challenging this and other offensive behaviours and in giving support to victims of abuse.
  1. (Diversity & religion) Exploring the diverse national, regional, ethnic and religious cultures, groups and communities in the UK and the connections between them.
  1. (Community) Exploring community cohesion and the different forces that bring about change in communities over time.  Appreciating that identities are complex, can change over time and are informed by different understandings of what it means to be a citizen in the UK.
  1. (Migration) Migration to, from and within the UK and the reasons for this.
  1. (Genocide and atrocities) Exploring genocide, racial and religious intolerance across the world.
  1. (European Union) The UK’s relations with the European Union, the Commonwealth, the United Nations and the world as a global community. Brexit and the referendum.

YR 10 Personal Identity  

  1. (What is your identity) Understanding that identity is affected by a range of factors, age, sex, culture, residence, ethnicity, place of birth, school, etc.
  1. (Building positive Self Esteem) Recognising that the way in which personal qualities, attitudes, skills and achievements build your self-esteem.
  1. (Bullying – how it affects your self-esteem) How bullying and other negative connotations can impact on your self-esteem. Understanding that self-esteem can change with personal circumstances, such as those associated with family and friendships, achievement and employment.
  1. (Domestic abuse) Understanding that abuse can lower self-esteem and how and where to get help in difficult situations.
  1. (Body image) How the media portrays young people, body image and health issues.
  1. (Mental health) The characteristics of emotional and mental health, and the causes, symptoms and treatments of some mental and emotional health disorders.

YR 11 Personal Risk & Relationships

  1. (SRE – Gender, sexuality and Risks of sexual relationships)
  2. (Drugs and Relationships: Advice and support about relationships) Where to get advice and support.
  3. (Contraception) Types of contraception.
  4. (STI’s) Sexually Transmitted Infections.
  5. (Peer pressure) Dealing with peer pressure and making the right choices
  6. (Pregnancy)


YR 7 Healthy Lifestyles

  1. (Self-esteem) Recognising that healthy lifestyles depend on information and making responsible choices.
  2. (Emotional health & support) Understanding that physical, mental, sexual and emotional health affect our ability to lead fulfilling lives, and that there is help and support available when they are threatened.
  3. (Sex Education/Puberty) Dealing with growth and change as normal parts of growing up. Physical and emotional change during puberty.
  4. (Disease) Sexually transmitted infections. HIV and how high-risk behaviours affect the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities.
  5. (Drug abuse) Facts and laws about drug, alcohol and tobacco use and misuse, and the personal and social consequences of misuse.
  6. (Healthy balanced diet) How a balanced diet and making choices for being healthy contribute to personal wellbeing. The importance of balance between work, leisure and exercise.

YR 8 Relationships

  1. (Relationship skills) Understanding that relationships affect everything we do in our lives and that relationship skills have to be learnt and practised.
  1. (Team work and working together) Understanding that people have multiple roles and responsibilities in society and that making positive relationships and contributing to groups, teams and communities is important.
  1. (Domestic abuse, violent behaviour) Understanding that relationships can cause strong feelings and emotions. How to get help in abusive relationships.
  1. (Different types of relationships) Boys and girls, and people of the same sex, including civil partnerships.
  1. (Marriage) The nature and importance of marriage and of stable relationships for family life and bringing up children.
  2. (Online grooming and relationships with people) staying safe online, grooming and the dangers of relationships between older and young people.

YR 9 Learning to Learn

  1. (Problem solving)
  2. (Team work)
  3. (Communication)
  4. (Behaviour for learning)
  5. (Creativity)
  6. (Motivation)

Yr 10 Justice & the Law

  1. (Magistrates courts) Participating actively in different kinds of decision making and voting in order to influence public life.
  2. (International law) Looking at laws in other countries, criminal record restrictions when travelling. Case studies of Julian Assange, Nelson Mandela.
  3. (Law) Understanding that justice is fundamental to a democratic society and exploring the role of law in maintaining order and resolving conflict.
  4. 4. (Capital punishment – Should we use capital punishment?) Considering the implications of capital punishment and reviewing the current correctional system
  5. 5. (Government and making Laws) How laws are made and shaped by people and processes, including the work of parliament. Understanding and exploring the roles of citizens and parliament in holding government and those in power to account.
  6. (Restorative Justice) Can criminals reform and become good citizens.

Yr 11 Planning for the Future

  1. (Financial skills) Bank accounts, savings, mortgages and pensions.
  1. (Communication/Interview skills) How to communicate effectively.
  1. (Being a parent) Parenting skills and qualities and their central importance to family life. Pregnancy unwanted or wanted.
  1. (Sexting, Facebook and social media) Having an appropriate online profile and using social media correctly.
  1. (Gap year, volunteering and charity work)
  1. (Careers, further education and apprenticeships)



Yr 7 Careers

  1. (Interview technique)
  1. (Changing patterns of employment) The range of opportunities in learning and work and changing patterns of employment (local, national and global)
  1. (Curriculum Vitae – CV writing skills) The personal review and planning process. Developing a sense of personal identity for career progression.
  1. (Types of work) Different types of work, including self-employment and voluntary work.
  1. (Skills and qualities employers are looking for) Understanding the qualities, attitudes and skills needed for employability.
  1. (Unemployment) Benefits, housing, job centres and youth unemployment.

Yr 8 Citizenship in the world we live in

  1. (Charity organisations) The role of aid agencies and charity organisations around the world.
  2. (Choices – Good or Bad) How the decisions you make can have long lasting consequences.
  3. (Conflict in humans) Anti-social behaviour, fighting and disagreements.
  4. (Cyber bullying) Staying safe online and how to get help if targetted online.
  5. (Learning Skills) Learning is for life and how to learn.
  6. (War & its effects on communities) Conflicts around the world, reasons behind them and how they can be resolved.

Yr 9 Refugees & the Media

  1. (Media and its influence) What is media and what types are there? Impact of media on society.
  2. (Advertising) Advertising in the media and its impacts on society.
  3. (Refugees and Media) What are refugees, statistics on refugees and how the media portrays them.
  4. (Asylum seekers, immigration – The Truth) What is an asylum seeker? Analysing data on asylum seekers. What rights do they have? Can they work?
  5. (The United Nations) What is the UN and what does it do?
  6. (Racism) Far right extremists, neo-Nazi groups and racism in our society.

Yr 10 Economic Risk & Financial Capability

  1. (Financial career) Understanding the need to manage risk in the context of financial and career choices.
  2. (Economic risk) Taking risks and learning from mistakes.
  3. (Business) Understanding the economic and business environment.
  4. (Enterprise) Exploring what it means to be enterprising. 
  5. (Managing money) Learning how to manage money and personal finances.
  6. (Critical consumers) Becoming critical consumers of goods and services.

Yr 11 Study Skills

  1. (Revision techniques)
  2. (Motivation for exams)
  3. (Coursework catchup)
  4. (Exam preparation and rules)
  5. (Timetabling for revision)
  6. (Learning)



Yr 7 Sustainability

  1. (Sustainability) Policies and practices for sustainable development and their impact on the environment. The EU and its role in sustainability. Food for all.
  2. (Global Warming) Greenhouse gases and the role they play.
  3. (Pollution) The harm and problems it can cause to environments and humans.
  4. (Deforestation) The diminishing forests on planet Earth.
  5. (Population growth) How to solve the problems faced by increasing and aging population.
  6. (Renewable fuels) Fuels of the future. The diminishing fossil fuels.

Yr 8 Government and Democracy

  1. (Parliament) Understanding and exploring the roles of citizens and parliament in holding government and those in power to account.
  2. (The Law) The roles of the law and the justice system and how they relate to young people.
  3. (Democracy and voting) Key features of parliamentary democracy and government in the constituent parts of the UK and at local level, including voting and elections.
  4. (Local government) Participating actively in different kinds of decision-making and local election voting in order to influence public life.
  5. (The public sector) The needs of the local community and how these are met through public services and the voluntary sector.
  6. (Types of government) The operation of parliamentary democracy within the UK and of other forms of government, both democratic and non-democratic, beyond the UK. What is propaganda and how is it used by governments.

Yr 9 Personal Risk

  1. (Understanding risk) Understanding that individuals need to manage risk to themselves and others in a range of situations. Drugs, alcohol, tobacco.
  2. (Understanding risk) Understanding that individuals need to manage risk to themselves and others in a range of situations. Sexual risks.
  3. (Peer Pressure) Appreciating that pressure can be used positively or negatively to influence others in situations involving risk.
  4. (Tackling extremism and fundamentalism) Be able to identify examples of extremism. Understand that extremist acts breach human rights. Understand that extremists can come from any community. Understand that ʻextremistsʼ cannot be judged by appearance and media stereotypes, but by their actions.
  5. (First Aid and 999) A knowledge of basic first aid. The emergency services and how hoax calls can divert valuable resources away from where there needed. Ways of recognising and reducing risk, minimising harm and getting help in emergency and risky situations.
  6. (Gambling) The dangers of gambling and its addition through smart phones, casinos, lottery, fruit machines, slot machines.

Yr 10 Raising Aspirations and Careers

  1. (CV Skills) The personal review and planning process. Understanding that everyone has a “career”. Developing a sense of personal identity for career progression.
  2. (Employability) Understanding the qualities, attitudes and skills needed for employment. Skills and qualities in relation to employers’ need.
  3. (Types of work) Different types of work, including employment, and voluntary work. The organisation and structure of different types of businesses, and work roles and identities.
  4. (Rights and responsibilities at work)
  5. (Further education/apprenticeships/world of work) The range of opportunities in learning and work and changing patterns of employment.
  6. (Enterprise) Self-employment and running your own business.