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At key stage three, students build on the skills, attitudes, values, knowledge and understanding they have acquired and developed during their primary school education. PSHE acknowledges and addresses the changes that students are experiencing, beginning with transition to secondary school, the challenges of adolescence and their increasing independence. It teaches the skills which will equip them for the opportunities and challenges of life. Students are encouraged to manage diverse relationships and the increasing influence of peers and the media. PSHE education allows them to be more confident in addressing the challenges of effective learning and making a full and active contribution to society.

In year 7:

Health and wellbeing

  • How to manage transition from primary to secondary school
  • How to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing
  • How to assess and manage risks to health and to stay, and keep others, safe
  • How to identify and access help, advice and support
  • How to make informed choices about health and wellbeing matters including drugs, alcohol and tobacco; maintaining a balanced diet; physical activity; emotional health and wellbeing
  • How to respond in an emergency including administering first aid
  • The role and influence of the media on lifestyle

Modules covered:

  • Personal hygiene - balanced diet and exercise - first aid - mental health - self-esteem - body image

In year 8:

Living in the wider world

  • About rights and responsibilities as members of diverse communities, as active citizens and participants in the local and national economy, through British values and tolerance
  • How to make informed choices and be enterprising and ambitious
  • How to develop employability, team working and leadership skills and develop flexibility and resilience
  • About the economic and business environment
  • How personal financial choices can affect oneself and others and about rights and responsibilities as consumers

Modules covered:

  • Rights and responsibilities - economic wellbeing - human rights and British law - challenging offensive behaviour and intolerance - discrimination, Islamophobia and extremism - careers

In year 9:


  • How to develop and maintain a variety of healthy relationships within a range of social/cultural contexts
  • How to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships
  • How to deal with risky or negative relationships including all forms of bullying (including the distinct challenges posed by online bullying) and abuse, sexual and other violence and online encounters
  • About the concept of consent in a variety of contexts (including in sexual relationships)
  • About managing loss including bereavement, separation and divorce
  • To respect equality and be a productive member of a diverse community, whilst promoting British values
  • How to identify and access appropriate advice and support
  • About parenthood and the consequences of teenage pregnancy

Modules covered:

  • Relationships: family, friendships, romantic - sex education: consent, law, contraception - cyber bullying and online safety - alcohol, smoking, drugs - pregnancy, STIs, sexualisation