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Why is PSHCEE education important?


  • It makes a major contribution to the health and achievement of children and young people.
  • It contributes to the welfare and safety of children and young people.
  • It underpins young people’s future employability through the development of the personal and social skills which commerce and industry demand from our workforce.
  • It helps to increase children and young people’s independence and ultimately. enables them to take responsibility for themselves
  • It prepares them for their future role as parents, employees and leaders

Key Stage 3 & 4 (Years 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11):

Students in Key Stages 3 & 4 receive one timetabled lesson per week (50 minutes). 
The main areas of study are…

  • Citizenship
  • Health Education including:
  • Sex & Relationships Education
  • Drug Education
  • Healthy Eating
  • Human Rights
  • Financial Capability
  • Democracy & Politics, etc.

Sex & Relationships Education (SRE):

Although legislation allows parents to withdraw their son or daughter from lessons of sex education, we would strongly advise parents to allow their children access to this vital aspect of their education. The statutory aspects of Sex Education in the National Curriculum are mandatory elements of every child’s education delivered mainly through the science curriculum, which considers the physical aspects of sex.  PSHCEE lessons consider the emotional and moral aspects of sexual relationships. The School regards both elements as essential and complementary, providing a balance between the biological facts and the context of society, relationships and morality, which should form part of every student’s experience of sex education.

Tutor Period:

In addition to the PSHCEE lessons, all students will have a 20 minute tutor period each afternoon. This is taught by their Form Tutor, with assembly time incorporated regularly. Assemblies are organised alternately for a House or Year Group.  Aspects of PSHCEE will be taught in tutor time through SMSC (Collective Focus).

The PSHCEE elements of the tutor period are focused on a weekly theme, current affairs and discussion of other issues (some of which will involve the work of the Student Council).

Please note that some aspects of PSHCEE are included in the cross curricular sections of most departments’ schemes of work. This is especially the case for Citizenship elements.