‘PSHE’ is an acronym for Personal, Social, Health and Economic education and the curriculum is designed to support students in growing the knowledge, skills and attributes they need on their challenging journey to adulthood. The topics covered encourage students to understand their roles and responsibilities as an individual as well as members of their families, school communities and wider society. As the PSHE Association states,
‘A growing body of research shows that pupils who are emotionally healthy do better at school. PSHE education helps children and young people to achieve their potential by supporting their wellbeing and tackling issues that can affect their ability to learn, such as anxiety and unhealthy relationships. PSHE education also helps pupils to develop skills and aptitudes — like teamwork, communication, and resilience — that are crucial to navigating the challenges and opportunities of the modern world, and are increasingly valued by employers.’
Whilst most aspects of the PSHE curriculum are statutory, meaning they must be taught in schools, parents have the right to withdraw their child from some specific elements of the new framework for RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) which is taught within PSHE lessons. Further information on this will be provided to parents and can be found in the school’s RSE policy.
Topics covered at KS3 include:
Team working
Careers and employability skills
Diversity and discrimination
Drugs and alcohol
Peer influence (including gang exploitation)
Emotional wellbeing
Identity and relationships
Financial decision making
Being safe online

Many of the topics covered at KS3 are revisited with some additional topics including:
Extremism and radicalisation
Mental health and ill health
Healthy relationships
Building for the future