Subject Overview

PSHE is a programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes students need to thrive as individuals, family members and respsonsible members of society.

PSHE helps our students to connect and apply the knowledge and understanding they learn in all subjects to practical, real-life situations while helping them to feel safe and secure enough to fulfil their academic potential. The subject promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of students both at school and in society. It also prepares our students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

How the qualification is made up

PSHE is made up of three main themes:

  1. Health and Wellbeing
  2. Understanding Relationships
  3. Economic wellbeing and being a responsible citizen including promotion of fundamental British values


1. Health and Wellbeing

The theme of Health and Wellbeing covers the following areas

  1. How to manage transition
  2. How to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing including sexual health
  3. About parenthood and the consequences of teenage pregnancy
  4. How to assess and manage risks to health and to stay, and keep others, safe
  5. How to identify and access help, advice and support
  6. How to make informed choices about health and wellbeing matters including drugs, alcohol and tobacco; maintaining a balanced diet; physical activity; emotional health and wellbeing and sexual health
  7. How to respond in an emergency including administering first aid
  8. The role and influence of the media on lifestyle
  9. To learn about how to act appropriately and keep safe on the internet


2. Understanding Relationships

The theme of Understanding relationships covers the following areas.

  1. How to develop and maintain a variety of healthy relationships within a range of social/cultural contexts and to develop parenting skills
  2. How to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships
  3. How to deal with risky or negative relationships including all forms of bullying and abuse, sexual and other violence and online encounters
  4. About the concept of consent in a variety of contexts (including in sexual relationships)
  5. About managing loss including bereavement, separation and divorce
  6. To respect equality and be a productive member of a diverse communit
  7. How to identify and access appropriate advice and support
  8. Economic Wellbeing and being a Responsible Citizen including promotion of fundametal British values


3. Economic wellbeing and being a responsible citizen including promotion of fundamental British values

The theme of Economic wellbeing and being a responsible citizen cover the following areas:-

  1. About rights and responsibilities as members of diverse communities, as active citizens and participants in the local and national economy, civil and criminal law in England, respect for public institutions and services in England, promoting tolerance and harmony between different cultures
  2. How to make informed choices and be enterprising and ambitious
  3. How to develop employability, team working and leadership skills and develop flexibility and resilience
  4. About the economic and business environment
  5. How personal financial choices can affect oneself and others and about rights and responsibilities as consumers