Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship and Economic Education

Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship and Economic Education (PSHCEE)


Department staff:

Students receive one hour per week of PSHCEE education with the majority of the content being delivered by the student’s form tutor.   Subject content is reviewed and changed each year by the following members of staff:


Mr M Smith:  Deputy Headteacher

Mrs G Naish: Deputy Headteacher

Mr G R Littlewood:  Assistant Headteacher

Mr S Foreman: Subject Leader Design & Technology

Mrs H Nelson: Aspirations Teaching and Learning Manager

Mrs S Gillespie: M3 Coordinator


Overview of the course

Personal, social, health, citizenship and careers education (PSHCCE) is a statutory but non-examined subject.  It helps to give students the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to lead confident, healthy and independent lives. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, tackling many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. It is here that your child will learn about bullying, citizenship, drug education, healthy eating, physical activity, mental and emotional health, wellbeing, and sex and relationships.  Our Programme of Study also aims to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team working and critical thinking

Topics covered within PSHCCE are grouped in three core themes: (i) health and wellbeing, (ii) relationships, and (iii) living in the wider world; and include:

Key Stage 3:


What will I learn?


Year Topic Covered Details
7 Smoking and Healthy Eating Students look at the dangers and rate the effectiveness of advertisements.  They witness a doll smoking and the effects of tar and produce an informative cigarette packet.  Students look at what constitutes a healthy diet and lifestyle.  They analyse lunches and finish off with a healthy food party.
7 Road Safety Informative video on dangers of not wearing a helmet; egg crash helmets used as an example; activities on tips to better road safety; produce a toy/road map activity for primary aged children.
7 Internet Safety Students analyse the risks of the internet and learn a variety of methods to keep them safe.
7 Friendship and belonging Students engage in a number of activities to find out about each other in the form.  They then analyse what makes a good friend.
7 & 8 Aspirations Students explore aspirations and have the chance to plan their future.
7 & 8 Sex, Relationship and Family Life Education Students look at what a Year 7 or 8 relationship might entail, then over two lessons use a computer programme on sex education.  They look at the difficulties of family life and role play scenarios to equip them to be better able to tackle them.
8 First Aid Students are introduced to and get to practice the basics of first aid.
8 Alcohol Students consider the effects of Alcohol.
8 Cyber Bullying Students look at this new and increasing common style of bullying and generate strategies of resistance.
8 & 9 Preventing radicalisation Lessons based on what it means to have radical views and the media misconceptions of radicalisation of young people. Country lines lesson. Lessons based on Bias and Fake News.
9 Sex, Drug and Relationship Education Students analyse what a Year 9 relationship might entail, in particular what boys and girls want from a relationship. They have a lesson focusing upon safe sex.   Students look at what drugs are; their impact and the dangers.  One lesson is taken by an external drugs support and information agency.
9 Homophobia and Bullying (seven lesson module) Students learn what being homosexual constitutes and how various people have lived their lives.  They realise homosexual people are central to society and that many famous people are in fact homosexual.  They produce an awareness campaign.  Students look at a range of bullying types including cyber bullying and generate strategies to combat their effects and occurrence.
9 Quitting Smoking Students assess a range of anti-smoking campaigns and generate their own.


Key Stage 4:


What will I learn?


10 Knife Crime Look at the causes of knife culture and its impact.
10 Pornography Students look at how pornography can affect young people.
10 Eating Disorders, Self-harm, Mental Health, alcohol and Drug Health Students analyse why people have eating disorders, focusing upon media pressure.  They then take part in a lesson led by a past sufferer of anorexia. Students analyse what mental health disorders such as depression are and how to cope with them. They also analyse the impact on society of drugs and alcohol; strategies to resist them. Lastly, students look at what self-harm is, why people do it and the possible solutions.
10 Sex, Relationship and Parenting Education Students focus upon STI’s and in particular HIV and AIDs.  Over three lessons they look at the relationships and strains faced by young parents by practising being parents.
10 Citizenship and Our country Students learn about the fundamentals of our country including immigration, benefits, punishments and rights.
10 Sex and Relationship Education Students look at a range of issues including contraception use and the impact of chid rearing.  Students spend another lesson focusing upon the realities of pregnancy at a young age.  They also look at issues surrounding homosexual relationships.
10 & 11 Study skills and revision strategies Students will learn what makes a good study technique and what doesn’t.  They look at memory techniques, good organisation and revision.
10 & 11 Preventing radicalisation Lessons based on what it means to have radical views and the media misconceptions of radicalisation of young people. Country lines lesson.
11 Happy Hour An alcohol lesson looking at safe drinking strategies
11 RPE These lessons are based around RPE principles for death and how we cope with loss and grief.
11 Preventing radicalisation. What does it mean to be radicalised and what should we do if we feel a friend or family member has radical views. A chance to discuss Propaganda, extremism and Politics.
11 Aspirations Students explore aspirations and have the chance to plan their future.
11 Mental Health and Well being Students explore mental health and wellbeing including investigating mental illnesses and a exam stress workshop.


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