Reasons for studying this subject

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) is a core element of all students’ education from Year 9 to Year 11.  It is the part of education that aims to prepare students for “adult life.”

Unlike most other subjects, PSHE is not geared towards a particular subject or examination system.  Other subjects are designed to develop particular skills, attitudes and knowledge that are valuable within those areas of learning.  PSHE explores you and your society, your body, your feelings, your environment, your sexuality, your politics, your religion, and your values. It also gives you the opportunity to explore career routes, learn about employability skills and to take part in enterprise opportunities.

In other words, PSHE is the part of your school life and learning which helps to develop your knowledge of yourself and your society, your attitudes and how you make sense and understand your world and also the key skills which will help you cope throughout adult life.

Overall, the course is designed to help you develop the skills and knowledge to enable you to take responsibility for your own learning and lifestyle.  The course has been produced after much discussion with former students, your teachers, health workers, employers and the community to find out what is relevant for young people today at this stage of their development.  PSHE is a core subject which all students follow in Years 10 and 11.  It is an invaluable part of education that will help you mature and develop the core life skills for modern living.


What you will be studying

You will have the opportunity to study many aspects of Health Education, Careers Education, Work Related Learning (including Employability Skills), Citizenship, Environmental Awareness and Economic and Industrial Understanding and Religious Education.


During your course many of the following issues will be studied:


            •           Stress Management

            •           Relationships (including family life, love, marriage, diversity and marital breakdown.)

            •           Careers guidance (the role of work experience, interviews, curriculum vitae, letters of application, employability skills, role of Connexions Service)

            •           Sex Education (in the context of wider social relationships.)

            •           Political understanding (elections, Parliament, Members of Parliament, democracy, taxation and spending etc.)

            •           Parenting skills.

            •           Cyber bullying.

            •           Human Rights (including exploring various forms of discrimination.)

            •           Sexual Harassment and developing assertiveness.

            •           Drugs (what they are; their effects/risks.  Why they are used.  The Law.  How to raise self-esteem and develop life skills to avoid drug use.)

            •           HIV/AIDS – the facts, protection, relationships and empathy.

            •           Anorexia and Bulimia.

            •           Gender – the inequalities between men and women.

            •           Alcohol and how to avoid the problems of use.

            •           Smoking reconsidered.  The hidden long term problems that most people choose to ignore.

            •           Influences on health/Factors affecting health.

            •           WATCHDOG !! What are your rights?  (Consumer, domestic and civil.)

            •           Finding a flat/house – rents, mortgages and your rights.

            •           Welfare and benefits.  What are you entitled to during adult life?

            •           Law and Order (includes rights and responsibilities, punishment, the courts, prison life etc.)


Throughout the course you will examine a range of debates and questions that will explore the social, moral, spiritual, religious and cultural dimensions of human social relationships.


How you will learn


You will be involved in a range of learning techniques, especially “active learning” which places you at the centre of your education.  The main methods used during the course are; on line activities, debates, presentations, research, report writing and DVD work, which will improve skills such as listening, communicating, negotiating and decision making.  You will mainly be working in groups, sharing ideas and supporting each other, along with taking part in whole class discussions.


How you will be assessed

Throughout the course, much of your assessment will be by completion of personal

“self-evaluation” records to enable you to reflect upon your progress and development.

However, you will also be involved in completing various exercises and assignments which will involve independent research, interviews, decision making activities and

problem solving situations. 


Contact:         Mrs. S. Stroud – Head of PSHE Faculty