PSHE overview

PSHE helps to give young people the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy, safe and independent lives.  As such, the teaching of PSHE is fundamentally important, particularly as part of ‘​Every Child Matters’

​National Agenda:

PSHE has also a vital role to play in ensuring that our core value of ‘No student will underachieve’ is a reality for all of our students.

As PSHE is not assessed through formal national qualifications, it offers real opportunities to make learning essentially what it should always be about – being fun, engaging, stimulating and challenging.


PSHE Citizenship and Careers are mainly taught through a fortnightly timetabled lesson. Leadership of PSHE and Careers is overseen by the Deputy Head Pastoral and planned and prepared with the support of all teaching staff. Where necessary we ask for specialist support eg Careers advisor, school nurse, counsellor. 

Mental health and emotional wellbeing run through all of the core themes. The curriculum builds students’ resilience and supports our strategy to foster core British values. The PSHE curriculum also plays a vital role in keeping students safe.

We believe that the knowledge, skills, understanding and attributes associated with PSHE are developed most effectively when threaded across the whole curriculum. As a result lessons in all subjects are designed to help develop self-confidence and self-esteem and encourage the development of positive relationships.

The emphasis of the PSHE curriculum is on developing learning over time, revisiting themes in an age-appropriate manner, building on prior knowledge and understanding and further developing skills.

Each strand of the PSHE curriculum is encompasses:

  • Living in the wider world
  • Relationships
  • Health and well-being

Please see Schemes of Learning link for further details.

Assessment for learning will take place every lesson with periodic self assessment by students on an assessment sheet.