Head of Department - Mrs Woodburn

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Personal, Social, Health, and Citizenship Education is the school subject where students are able to develop key skills and attributes for lifelong learning and success in our ever changing world. It not only affords opportunities to educate about risk taking behaviours, but also self-management, resilience, empathy, critical thinking and to become informed consumers.

At The Cottesloe School students are taught PSHCE each week in a one-hour lesson with their tutor groups. We have a spiral curriculum building upon concepts covered throughout the years, ensuring that all resources used are age and maturity level appropriate, and accredited by the PSHCE association, with whom I work very closely.

The concepts covered fall under 3 main themes:
• Health & Wellbeing
• Wider World
• Relationships

PSHCE Curriculum
Over a whole academic year, each year group visits each key them twice, covering different aspects of the theme [see table below].


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 7


Transition to secondary school & moving on to using resources exploring concepts of friendship, bullying and valuing differences to prepare for The Wicked trip.


Diversity, prejudice and cyber bullying. Online safety and digital literacy & Managing on- and off-line friendships.


The wider world

Making ethical financial decisions.

Saving, spending and budgeting our money.

The wider world

Enterprise skills and introduction to careers.

Challenging career stereotypes and raising aspirations.

Health & wellbeing


Diet, exercise and how to make healthy choices and the influence of role models.

Health & Wellbeing

The risks of alcohol, tobacco and other substances.

Managing puberty and the issues of unwanted contact and FGM.

Year 8

Health & wellbeing

Mental health and emotional wellbeing, including body image.

Managing change and loss.


Introduction to sexuality and consent.

Introduction to contraception including condom and the pill.

The wider world

Understanding careers and future aspirations.

Identifying learning strengths and setting goals as part of the GCSE options process.

Health & wellbeing

Managing peer pressure in relation to illicit substances.

Assessing the risks of drug and alcohol abuse and addiction.

The wider world

Planning and carrying out an enterprise project.

Reflecting on learning skills development in Key Stage 3.



Diversity, prejudice and cyber bullying. Online safety and digital literacy & managing on- and off-line friendships.


Year 9

Health & wellbeing

Transition to key stage 4 and developing study habits.



Managing conflict at home and the dangers of running away from home.

Tackling homophobia, transphobia and sexism.

The wider world

Evaluating value for money in services.

Risks and consequences making financial decisions.

Health & wellbeing


Mental health and ill health, tackling stigma – Anna Freud Study.

The wider world

Human Rights and responsibilities in the community.

Tackling age, disability, religious and racist discrimination, tolerance & respect. 



Relationships and sex education including healthy relationships and consent. The risks of STIs, sexting and pornography.


Year 10

Health & wellbeing

Peer pressure, assertiveness and risk, gang crime.

Dieting, lifestyle balance and unhealthy coping strategies.

The wider world

Preparation for work experience.

Evaluation of work experience and readiness for work.


The wider world

Understanding the causes and effects of debt.

Understanding the risks associated with gambling.


Tackling relationship myths and expectations.

Managing romantic relationship challenges including break ups and family life.


British values, human rights and community cohesion.

Challenging extremism and radicalisation.

Health & wellbeing

First aid and personal safety, focusing on road safety.

Alcohol and drug misuse and managing peer influence.

Year 11

The wider world

Understanding the application process & plans beyond school Skills for employment & career progression.

Health & wellbeing

Promoting self-esteem and coping with stress.

Learning and revision skills to maximise potential.


Personal values and assertive communication in relationships.

Tackling domestic abuse and forced marriage.

Health & wellbeing

Health and safety in independent contexts.

Taking responsibility for health choices.

The wider world

Preparation for working life and skills required for employment and higher education.



Please note this table is correct at the time of writing but is subject to change where deemed necessary.

If you have any questions related to PSHCE at The Cottesloe School, please email Mrs Woodburn.