In PSHE, pupils learn practical life skills and personal responsibility, enabling them to make healthy and informed choices and prepare for life and work in modern Britain.

Pupils will develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team working and critical thinking in the context of learning grouped into three core themes: health and well-being, relationships and living in the wider world (including economic well-being and aspects of careers education). They will learn how to manage their money effectively, how to budget and save, how to plan for their future careers and harness their entrepreneurial skills, how to foster positive and supportive relationships with others, and how to safeguard their physical and mental health.

PSHE is taught as a discrete subject in Years 7 and 8. At Key Stage 4, it is incorporated into assemblies and form time.

Curriculum Overview

Year 7 Year 8
  • Changing bodies and body image
  • Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
  • Worries and stress
  • Careers
  • Real and online safety
  • Family, relationships and friendships
  • Personal identity and managing feelings
  • Sex and relationships (contraception)
  • Diversity (challenging prejudice and stereotypes)
  • British values
  • Healthy lifestyles
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Relationships
  • Decision making and self esteem
  • Risk taking behaviour and consequences
  • Careers (employability skills and resilience)
  • Sex and relationships (STIs)
  • Relationships (consent)
  • Teen pregnancy and parenthood
  • Work experience (CV writing, interview preparation, college/apprenticeship applications)
  • Challenging prejudice and extremism
  • Online safety
  • Media advertising and gender differences
  • Body image
  • Mental health
  • Challenging prejudice, discrimination and stereotypes.
  • Careers


PSHE is not a formally-examined subject.

Enrichment Offer

A wide range of workshops are arranged throughout the year to enable pupils to explore key topics outside of the classroom. Workshops are delivered by a wide range of providers including local sixth forms, colleges and apprenticeship providers.