Independent day school
for girls 3 - 18 and boys 3 - 11
with boarding for girls from 9

PSHCCE (Personal, Social, Health, Careers and Citizenship Education)

Year 7 Curriculum

  1. Personal, social and health education helps pupils embrace change, feel positive about who they are and to enjoy healthy, safe, responsible lives.
  2. Careers education helps to identify personal skills and attributes and prepares pupils for the next steps in life.
  3. Citizenship encourages students to take an interest in topical and controversial issues and to engage in discussion and debate.

The topics studied in Year 7 include:

Friendships

  • what makes a good friend?
  • what makes a bad friend?
  • how to deal with friendship issues

Internet Safety

  • social networking
  • netiquette
  • what is CEOP?
  • researching internet safety
  • producing a leaflet explaining e-safety to younger students

Animal Rights

  • what are animal rights?
  • what needs to be considered before getting a pet?
  • what conditions are battery hens kept in?
  • producing a leaflet about the pros and cons of getting a pet

Enterprise – the chocolate box challenge

  • working in a team to launch a new range of chocolates
  • making decisions about the product
  • sharing tasks to facilitate meeting a deadline
  • producing an advert to promote the new range
  • presenting the project to ‘the dragons’

Citizenship – an introduction to politics

  • what makes a good citizen?
  • what happens if you break the law?
  • environmental issues
  • voting and the government

Individual lessons on other topics also take place. Examples include budgeting, personal finance and physical development.

Year 8 Curriculum

  1. Personal, social and health education helps young people embrace change, feel positive about who they are and to enjoy healthy, safe, responsible lives.
  2. Careers education helps to identify personal skills and attributes and prepares students for the next steps in life.
  3. Citizenship encourages students to take an interest in topical and controversial issues and to engage in discussion and debate.

The topics studied in Year 8 include:

Cigarettes and smoking

  • Health aspects
  • Financial implications
  • Advertising – the changing rules
  • Other countries’ attitudes to smoking
  • The history of smoking

Human Rights

  • What are human rights?
  • Where are human rights abuses taking place?
  • Writing a report about a human rights issue of personal interest

First Aid

  • How to cope in an emergency
  • Common first aid scenarios
  • Cardiac massage and resuscitation
  • The recovery position

Healthy Eating

  • What’s in a balanced diet and why is it important?
  • How to present information to a younger audience
  • How theatre can be used for education
  • The production of a short piece of drama which delivers a healthy eating message to younger children

All About Me

  • What am I good at and what do I need to improve?
  • Setting personal targets
  • What personality suits which jobs and what might I do in the future?
  • Researching and presenting information about a job of interest

Individual lessons on other topics also take place. Examples include understanding the HPV vaccination and internet safety.

Year 9 Curriculum

The following topics are covered in Year 9:

  • The media
    • What is the media and what role does it play?
    • Bias in the media
    • Types of newspaper
    • Fame and the media
  • Night of the Notables
    • Research and presentation evening exploring a famous person’s achievements
  • Careers and options
    • Investigating careers
    • Discussion of options subjects for GCSE
  • Body image and eating disorders
  • Cyberbullying
  • British politics and the Houses of Parliament .

Years 10 and 11 Curriculum

PSHCCE continues to be part of the school programme in Years 10 and 11. It helps you lead a confident, healthy and responsible life as an individual and as a member of society. You will gain the knowledge, skills and understanding to play an effective role in society and you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to enable you to make informed decisions about the next step in your career.

There is common ground between religious studies, science, drama, modern languages, English and PSHCCE. Your teachers work closely together to ensure that you have a co-ordinated programme of activities. There is a great deal of scope for you to express your views and for courses to meet your interests.

The topics that are covered in Year 10 include:

  • Crime and the Criminal Justice System
  • Human rights
  • Writing a C.V and preparing for interview
  • Personal wellbeing and health.

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