PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)

Key Stage 3

Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education helps pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage many of the critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face as they grow up and in adulthood.

By teaching pupils to stay safe and healthy, and by building self-esteem, resilience and empathy, an effective PSHE programme can tackle barriers to learning, raise aspirations, and improve the life chances of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils.

There is evidence to show that PSHE education can address teenage pregnancy, substance misuse, unhealthy eating, lack of physical activity, and emotional health.  The skills and attributes developed through PSHE education are also shown to increase academic attainment and attendance rates, as well as improve employability and boost social mobility.

There are no assessments attached to the PSHE programme of study as it is about personal development, rather than academic achievement.

At PCSA our goal is to equip young people with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthily, safely, productively and responsibly.  We have a very broad curriculum, including Relationship and Sex Education, Financial Education, Healthy Living, Citizenship, Emotional Health and Careers advice.

Key Stage 3 Programme of Study









Year 7

Every Year 7 student has one hour PSHE a week with a teacher trained to deliver the range of topics.  The lessons delivered to Year 7 will be built upon as the student moves up the school years. Included are lessons on the dangers of smoking, age laws, healthy eating, personal hygiene, stranger danger, basic first aid, how banks work, democracy, managing a budget, puberty, menstruation, pregnancy and birth and careers advice.  PSHE lessons are also used to deliver topical issues that may occur in our community.

Year 8

Every Year 8 student has one hour PSHE a week with a teacher trained to deliver the range of topics.  The lessons delivered to Year 8 will build on input from Year 7, and be developed upon as the student moves up the remaining school years.  Included are lessons on the dangers of alcohol and illegal drugs, healthy eating, body image, emotional health, getting enough sleep, basic first aid, gender and stereotyping and healthy relationships.

Year 9

Again, Year 9 students receive one hour a week of PSHE delivered by a PSHE trained teacher.  This includes lessons on the dangers of alcohol and illegal drugs, exploitation, HIV and AIDS, presenting yourself for an interview, careers advice, discrimination, apartheid, radicalisation, contraception and STIs, voting, asylum seekers and financial education.


Key Stage 4

KS4 Programme of Study












Year 10

All Year 10 students take part in a one hour PSHE lesson every alternate week.  The classes rotate so the content can be delivered by a teacher who is an expert in the topic.  Lessons included in the Year 10 programme include the dangers of pornography and sexting, contraception and healthy relationships, Malcolm X, radicalisation, apartheid, STIs and staying safe, the dangers of alcohol and drugs and body image.  These lessons are appropriate to the needs of year 10 students and builds on previous years.

Year 11

 Year 11 students continue to build on the extensive programme received in year 10.  Lessons include piracy, modern slavery, abortion, LGBT, personal hygiene, risky practices,  the European union, British Values, diabetes, identity fraud, planning your finances, finding somewhere to live  and extensive career advice.



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