Curriculum - PSHCE

Pupils and teacher outside

Intent (based on the National Curriculum for Citizenship, the PSHCE association POS, and the statutory guidance for careers and relationships and sex education (RSE)

PSHCE education enables our students to develop the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepared for life and work in modern Britain. Students will gain a breadth of understanding about relationships and sex education (RSE), health, economic wellbeing, modern Britain, and careers. We aim to help students embrace the challenges of creating a happy and successful adult life. To do this our students will gain the knowledge that will enable them to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships and future careers. We will help them to challenge stereotypes, aim high and make successful transitions to the next stage of their life.


Our curriculum for PSHCE aims to ensure that all students:

  • become valuable and fully rounded members of society who treat others with respect and tolerance, regardless of background.
  • understand and embrace the basic British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance for those of different faiths and beliefs.
  • have the information they need to help them develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds, not just intimate relationships.
  • know what acceptable and unacceptable behaviour in relationships is and how this affects mental health.
  • understand contraception, safer sex, and sexual health to ensure that they are equipped to make safe, informed and healthy choices as they progress through adult life.
  • are provided with secure independent careers guidance for all year 8 to 13 pupils. This makes sure that all pupils have access to external sources of information on the full range of education and training options
  • meet the expectations of the eight Gatsby Benchmarks that define a world-class standard of excellent careers guidance


Through PSHCE learning at key stage 3, students will be taught about:

  • the development of the political system of democratic government in the United Kingdom, including the roles of citizens, Parliament, and the monarch
  • the operation of Parliament, including voting and elections, and the role of political parties
  • the precious liberties enjoyed by the citizens of the United Kingdom
  • the nature of rules and laws and the justice system, including the role of the police and the operation of courts and tribunals
  • the roles played by public institutions and voluntary groups in society, and the ways in which citizens work together to improve their communities, including opportunities to participate in school-based activities
  • how to make safe, informed, and healthy choices as they progress through adult life including for their online safety
  • the functions and uses of money, the importance and practice of budgeting, and managing risk
  • relationships and sex education including aspects related to
  • families
  • respectful relationships, including friendships
  • online and media
  • being safe
  • intimate and sexual relationships, including sexual health
  • careers education including the expectations of the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Links to Key Stage 2

Pupils in Key Stage 2 should:

  • know about relationships education related to
  • families and who cares for them
  • caring friendships
  • respectful relationships
  • online relationships
  • being safe
  • know how to keep themselves safe in person and online.
  • have engaged with the fundamental British values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty, respect and tolerance.

Relationship to the wider Key Stage 3 Curriculum

  • English language: spelling, grammar, punctuation, written analysis, written investigation.
  • Mathematics: numeracy, percentage for personal finance.
  • Science: reproduction.
  • History: British history and the development of modern Britain (e.g. magna carta)

Links to KS4

Key Stage 4 will further develop the themes of Key Stage 3 so that students can take their next steps in education, employment or training as fully formed citizens.

Extra-Curricular Experience (Trips/activities that help with PSHCE (including citizenship), SMSC, British Values and/or careers)