What is PSHCE?

PSHCE is Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education and is linked to the SRE education. SMSC is spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and British Values education is the understanding of the fundamentals of British values; democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.

These wider curriculum strands help young people to develop their personal wellbeing, with knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive, fulfilled, capable and responsible lives. It has a keen focus on the social and emotional aspects of effective learning, such as self-awareness, managing feelings, motivation, empathy and social skills. It encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices. The skills developed enable young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes, and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future. It helps young people embrace change, feel positive about who they are and enjoy healthy, safe, responsible and fulfilled lives. Citizenship education gives people the knowledge and skills to understand, challenge and engage with the main pillars of our democracy: politics, the economy and the law. 

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Year 7 to 10 PSHCE

PSHCE lessons in Key stage 3 are taught over 2 x30 minutes weekly, with year 9 and 10 having 30 minutes weekly. These are designed to support the PSHE that is delivered through the wider curriculum. Learning is encouraged by the use of drama, debate, video, literacy and numeracy. Every student is encouraged to respect and value themselves and other members of the group.

Each year group will cover up to 5 topics over the course of the year. Covering a range of topics that fit within these 8 strands:

  • Health
  • Risk
  • Relationships
  • Loss
  • Change
  • Career choices
  • Personal finance
  • Citizenship

Through a planned programme of study, we aim for our students to:

  • Be equipped with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive, fulfilled, capable and responsible lives;
  • Be given opportunities to gain confidence in expressing ideas and feelings in an articulate, appropriate manner;
  • Be able to make more responsible decisions or choices about their health, relationships, lifestyle, careers;
  • Be aware of the responsibility they have to be active citizens;
  • Understand the social, political and economic implications of their own choices and others. Both locally and nationally. 

Year Group

Topics Covered


Settling in & Bullying taught in the 1st half term before other topics start.

Citizenship: Community and identity


Healthy Lifestyles

PSHE through literacy


Sense of self

Citizenship: managing money 

Citizenship: Law and Justice

Who am I; from body image to eating disorders

PSHE through literacy


Humberside Police’s Prevent module

Citizenship: Liberty and freedom

Citizenship: government

Smoking, drinking, gambling and drugs

Wider issues; growth mind-set


Drugs, alcohol and smoking

First aid

Economy and Tax

Mental Health

Wider Issues; identity, gender, bereavement 

In addition to this, your son/daughter during years 7 and 8 will also have 30 minutes of either independent study time or extended PSHE issues throughout the year.  This self-regulated learning ensures that our students have a firm understanding of their own learning. Motiving students to take responsibility of their own learning.  During these sessions students will cover topics such as revision skills, how mange work load and current global issues.

Outside speakers are also brought in to cover areas such as Fire and Road safety. Whole Academy Enrichment days are also put aside to further embed a deeper understanding of topics covered during lessons, tutor and assemblies

Year 11

PSHCE during this important year, focuses on mental health, wellbeing, post 16 and lifelong learning/careers. Running alongside focussed intervention this will be enriched with study skills and revision techniques to prepare our students for their GCSE exams. To enable this to happen Y11 are split into Y11 tutor groups.

PSHCE runs alongside our tutor programme and is timetabled as follows:







Year 7

Extended learning/issues





Year 8




Extended learning/issues

Year 9

I. Media


I. Media


Year 10


I. Media


I. Media