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PSHEE stands for Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education. Along with Citizenship, it is a very important part of the school curriculum. It covers topics and subjects that might not be included in the main curriculum. It will help you to discuss issues that are important in the outside world. It will help you to develop personally and socially because you will work in groups and teams as well as individually. It will help you to develop your understanding of relationships and the importance of friendships and family. It will give you the skills to be a good citizen. It will introduce you to the importance of making good decisions in your life. It prepares you for your future role as a parent, employee and leader.

Staff Position
Mr C Sinclair PSHE and Societal Studies Lead Practitioner
Mrs C Harrison Lead Teacher and i/c Financial Capability

The main topics in PSHEE are:


  • To learn skills to develop as an individual and a positive member of society.
  • To understand the rights and responsibilities of yourself and others and explore the different cultures in the UK and around the world.
  • To make decisions and express opinions about important issues in your life.
  • Acceptance and engagement of fundamental British values. The students will develop and demonstrate skills and attitudes that will allow them to participate fully in and contribute positively to life in modern Britain. Delivered through KS4 PSE lessons and KS3 British Citizenship day DLD".

Personal Well-Being:

  • To build confidence and self-esteem.
  • To understand and manage your emotions and communicate constructively with others.
  • To discuss relationships and the ability to work with others.
  • To stay safe and look after the welfare of others.
  • To understand the meaning of maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Financial Capability:

  • To learn how to manage money and personal finances.
  • To understand the functions and uses of money.
  • To identify the main qualities and skills needed to enter and thrive in the world of work.


  • To give you the practical skills to make a positive transition from school to work or further education.
  • To develop decision-making skills to make career choices in the future.
  • To provide information, advice and guidance for all young people.

 Key Stage 3

In years 7 and 8, students follow courses to fulfil the National Curriculum. The National Curriculum says:

'Personal, social, health and economic education is an important and necessary part of all pupil’s education. All schools should teach PSHEE, drawing on good practice, and this expectation is outlined in the introduction to the proposed new national curriculum. PSHEE is a non-statutory subject. To allow teachers the flexibility to deliver high quality PSHEE we consider it unnecessary to provide standardised frameworks or programmes of study.  PSHEE can encompass many areas of study and teachers are best placed to understand the needs of their pupils and do not need additional central prescription. However, while we believe that it is for schools to tailor their local PSHEE programme to reflect the needs of their pupils, we expect schools to use the PSHEE programme to equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions. Schools should seek to use PSHEE education to build, where appropriate, on the statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum, the basic school curriculum and should include guidance on drug education, financial capability, sex and relationship education (SRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle. Citizenship education should develop pupil’s understanding of how the United Kingdom is governed and the rights and responsibilities of its citizens.'

Students should be taught about:

  • How the political system of the UK has developed as a democracy, including the role of Parliament and the monarch.
  • The operation of Parliament, including voting and elections, and the role of political parties.
  • The precious liberties enjoyed by the citizens of the UK.
  • The nature of rules and laws and the justice system, including the role of the police and the operation of courts and tribunals.
  • The functions and uses of money, the importance of personal budgeting, and managing risk.

Students study the following PSHEE topics in Key Stage 3 as part of the Deep Learning Day programme:

Year 7

Year 8

  • Democracy
  • Anti-bullying
  • E-Safety
  • Enterprise and finance.


  • Health
  • British Citizenship
  • Careers
  • British Politics.

PSHEE themes are also addressed as part of the key stage 3 curriculum.  These include:

Year 7

Year 8

Money and finance in Maths

Money and finance in financial capability.

Personal well- being and self- esteem in English

 Global Citizenship and British values in Geography.

Global citizenship in Foreign Languages.

Personal well-being and risk assessments in Technology.

Health and fitness in PE

Citizenship in History.

Health and personal well-being in Science.

Careers and financial capability in IT.

Additional guidance Key Stage 3 PSHEE: 

Encourage your child to:

  • Participate in their tutor group and involve themselves in tutor activities.
  • Get involved in school clubs and societies, sporting events and teams.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, students continue to study PSHEE.  This is delivered through a combination of collapsed timetable days, Deep Learning Days, taught lessons and the core curriculum.

The teaching should build on the work done at Key Stage 3 to deepen the pupils’ understanding and help them to approach the difficult decisions that are involved as they get older with more confidence and resilience.

Aims of the course:

The course aims to develop personal, social and citizenship skills to help each student take their place in society.  It is linked closely to the five core areas of personal education – Be Healthy, Stay Safe. Enjoy and Achieve, Make a Positive Contribution, Achieve Economic Well-Being.

Course content:

In Key Stage 4, it is statutory for the student to study Citizenship. The four main aims of Citizenship are:

  • to have knowledge and understanding of the UK democratic system.
  • to show a commitment to volunteering and responsible action.
  • to have a knowledge and understanding about the role of Law and the Justice system.
  • to equip students with the financial skills to manage money.

There will be full provision via the weekly lessons and Deep Learning Day programme to cover other key areas of the Personal Development Curriculum and Citizenship Education:  notably careers education and guidance, drugs education, study skills, personal safety, health, financial well-being, sex and relationships and parenting.

Students study the following PSHEE topics in Key Stage 4 as part of the Deep Learning Day programme:

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

  • Prison Me No Way
  • Ethical spending
  • E-safety
  • Healthy Futures
  • Personal Finance
  • Parenting
  • Say No To Racism
  • Work Experience Preparation
  • Enterprise
  • Careers, Advice and Guidance
  • Sex and Relationships
  • 6th form taster day  

Additional resources Key Stage 4 PSHEE: 

Encourage your son / daughter to:

  • Seek advice and counselling on issues if they are experiencing particular difficulties in their school and personal lives.

We also recommend the purchase of revision guides through the school to further assist students’ work outside the classroom. Where required, passwords have been provided to students directly.  For further support please contact the school. 

  Sixth Form Courses 

We continue the PSHEE programme into Key Stage 5 in the form of Deep Learning days. It is advised that such topics as British values, sex education and health are included along with other topics such as mental and physical health and well-being.  

Aims of the course:

  • To give students in insight into the issues surrounding the involvement of drugs and alcohol as a young adult.
  • To provide them with an opportunity to discuss alternate topics that are not covered in the normal curriculum, such as mental health and substance abuse.
  • To instil a strong feeling towards British values, British politics and the dangers of radicalisation and extremism.
  • To give them an opportunity to increase their understanding of certain health conditions that can affect them and their families in later life, such as cancer and mental health.
  • To promote the importance of health and fitness and staying active as part of a healthy lifestyle.
  • To discuss the financial implications of growing up and keeping control of finances once you leave home or get a job.  

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