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    Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education and Citizenship (PSHE)

    Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education and Citizenship (PSHE)

    ‘The knowledge, understanding and skills young people need to manage their lives and thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.’

    Whilst these two subjects are taught in designated lessons throughout Years 7-11, the school offers many opportunities and situations where practical applications of these skills are central e.g. young enterprise. School assemblies are often pertinent to current PSHE and citizenship themes which need addressing e.g. elections, internet safety, etc. Tutor time is also utilised e.g. careers presentations, writing personal statements.

    During Years 7-9 the students have 1 period per week throughout the year. Over the course of a year, the students rotate around teaching staff, each teacher delivering a block of lessons around a particular PSHE or Citizenship topic. This facilitates best teaching as the teachers become specialists in their topic areas. During Years 10 & 11 this timetabled slot is shared with RE equally over the year following a rotation of staff and subject.

    The content followed is in line with government expectations. The three PSHE themes are:

    1. ​Health and wellbeing

    2. Relationships

    3. Living in the Wider World (Economic wellbeing and being a responsible citizen)


    UK Government PSHE Guidance

    The national curriculum for citizenship requires a sound knowledge and understanding of how the United Kingdom is governed, its political system and how citizens participate actively in its democratic systems of government. Furthermore students are required to develop of a sound knowledge of the role of law and the justice system in our society and how laws are shaped and enforced. The management of money is also covered. Critical thinking, advocacy and debate are important tools in delivery.


    Citizenship National Curriculum


    Difficult topics include sources of help and advice where appropriate; some key websites are included for your interest.


    Year 7

    Ms Jones - Citizenship, human rights inc. FGM, diversity


    Dr Clifford - Safety (including e-safety, fire, road, home) and cyberbullying

    Australian Bullying Website

    Miss Bradshaw – British Values, Xenophobia, Celebrating difference, Radicalisation

    Promoting Fundamental British Values_Guidance_Maintained_Schools

    Mrs Parsons - Friendships and behaviour, identity, healthy lifestyle

    Personal wellbeing Schools Programme

    Mrs Nicholas - Personal finance, enterprise, poverty

    How enterprising are you?

    Year 8

    Mrs Blud - Diversity in the UK, prejudice, discrimination, sustainability


    Mrs Shipway – Self-image and influence of media, puberty and emotions, eating disorders, First Aid, Child Sexual Exploitation and Grooming

    YMCA Body Confidence

    Mr Chapman-Palmer - Government, democracy, politics and the media, the economy

    Open Justice Interactive Game

    Miss Bradshaw - Alcohol, smoking, solvents, risk

    Drink Aware | Alcohol Education Trust

    Mr Richens – Careers: Sectors, Job and person specifications, working conditions, job satisfaction, volunteering

    Year 9

    Mr Manvell – Law, crime, justice, mock trial, the media and employability

    UK Parliament Education Service

    Mrs Spencer - Body image including eating disorders, relationships, family, contraception and STIs including HIV, homophobia, gender identity, sexting 'Body Image and Weight' | Eating Disorder Support

    Mr Chapman-Palmer – Life Choices, assessing risk, options and pathways, social responsibility

    'iCould' Career Choices

    Mr Pickering – Mental Health inc. eating disorders, identity, stress

    Link to and 'Managing Stress'

    Mr Briggs-Davies – Drug awareness, dealing with peer pressure, First Aid

    Talk to Frank | NHS 'Drugs and your Kids' | Red Cross 'First Aid'

    Year 10

    Mrs Spencer - Relationships and sex, contraception, STIs including HIV, teenage pregnancy, terminations

    Respect Yourself 'Talking to your children'

    Mr Nickson – Drugs and addiction, gambling, money management, First Aid

    Talk to Frank 'Legal Highs'

    Mr Chapman-Palmer - British Values, human rights

    Link to

    Ms Bailie – Finance, gambling, debt, savings, Road Safety

    Link to


    Year 11

    Mr Thomas - The balance between work, leisure and exercise, health and fitness, stress relief. PE KIT ESSENTIAL

    Link to

    Mrs Spencer – Safe relationships, pornography, Driving safety

    Theory Testpro | | CEOP

    Mr Chapman-Palmer – Mental Health, Samaritans, National Citizen Service

    Link to

    Coordinator of PSHE and Citizenship – Mrs C Spencer