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Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

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PSHE education gives pupils the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe and to prepare them for life and work in modern Britain.

Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.

These skills and attributes help pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. When taught well, PSHE education helps pupils to achieve their academic potential, and leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life.

PSHE matters to students

From making responsible decisions about alcohol to succeeding in their first job, PSHE education helps pupils to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up.

Pupils agree that PSHE education is a vital part of their preparation for life, with 92% of those who have been taught the subject believing all young people should receive high-quality PSHE lessons.

PSHE matters to schools

While schools are not required to teach PSHE education, the subject makes a crucial contribution to schools’ duties. The Education Act 2002 requires all schools to teach a curriculum that is “broadly based, balanced and meets the needs of pupils”. Schools must “promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the school and of society, and prepare pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life” while having a duty to keep pupils safe.

PSHE matters to parents

An overwhelming majority of parents support the view that schools should prepare children for life and work, not just for exams.  90% of parents say that all schools should teach PSHE education according to 2015 YouGov polling commissioned by the PSHE Association and the subject is supported by leading parent bodies including Mumsnet, PTA UK and the National Governors Association.




Students in KS3 have one timetabled lesson a week. Students in KS4 have a biweekly lesson which is rotated with careers. Students in year 12 have a bi-weekly lesson which is shared with careers, UCAS, EPQ and Lions Award.


Head of Careers and PSHE: Miss Laura MacKenzie



Programme of study

PSHE stands for : Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education.

In line with PSHE association guidance this is  delivered  at Camp Hill through three core themes, within which  there is broad overlap and flexibility:

Living in the wider world

Relationships and Sex Education Health and Well-being


In composing our Schemes of Work and lesson plans we follow the PSHE association guidance and their proposed scheme of study which can be found here. We have adapted it to make it relevant and meaningful for our students.  You can read our curriculum map here.

PSHE and Keeping Children Safe

Safeguarding in schools is more than simply keeping pupils safe in school. We leave them vulnerable if we do not do everything we can to equip them to keep themselves safe in school, outside school and in the future. PSHE education lessons provide the best context for this learning, as part of a whole school approach and can contribute to safeguarding by:

· Teaching pupils about healthy relationships and helping them recognise unhealthy relationships

 · Helping pupils recognise inappropriate behaviour towards them or others and to access help

 · Raising pupils’ awareness of abuse, gender-related and gang violence

· Addressing gender stereotypes and challenging the negative attitudes which lead to violence and abuse

· Teaching the language, skills and strategies that enable pupils to tackle and mitigate risks to their (or others’) physical or emotional safety, including bullying, unhealthy relationships, sexual exploitation, gangs, radicalisation, drug and alcohol use and other risky behaviours

· Teaching the knowledge, understanding and skills pupils need to keep safe online

 · Broadening pupils’ understanding of concepts such as consent, equality, discrimination, power and exploitation as part of a broader curriculum

· Helping pupils to support and seek help for friends who are in unsafe situations

· Helping pupils to see how their own behaviour can at times put others at risk.

· Supporting the development of personal attributes such as self-esteem, resilience and self-confidence and skills such as managing risk, decision-making, emergency aid

Janet Palmer HMI, Ofsted’s lead for PSHE, has said:

 “Effective PSHE is crucial to effective safeguarding … It is difficult to see how safety and safeguarding can be good if PSHE education provision is poor. If pupils are kept ignorant of their human, physical and sexual rights; or how to protect themselves and others, or know where to go to for help, they are not being adequately safeguarded.”

To read more about PSHE and Safeguarding at CHB please click here

Students, if you would like to report an issue or concern, or access some advice, then the following links are for you:


RSE - Relationships and Sex Education is a statutory part of PSHE. We are an early adopting school,which means that we have been following the DFE guidance for RSE since September 2020. 

To read the statutory requirements,  please use the links below:

All young people have a right to an education which adequately prepares them for adult life and quality Relationships and Sexuality Education (RSE) is of paramount importance. Learning begins informally with parents, guardians and carers and continues throughout school and in to adult life. As young people grow and develop they need to acquire knowledge, understanding and skills and develop their own attitudes, beliefs and values, about personal and social relationships and gender issues. At Camp Hill we see ourselves as supporting and helping parents to fulfil this responsibility. The attitude, beliefs and behaviour of pupils in all their relationships are primarily formed and greatly influenced by their experiences within the family and the relationship they have with their parents/guardians. RSE in school is intended therefore to supplement and complement what goes on at home. 

In line with the DFE view of RSE we believe that RSE aims to help students to develop knowledge, skills and understanding about the value of loving, diverse and stable relationships of all kinds, not just intimate relationships. It should empower them to know what a healthy relationship looks like, and what makes a good friend, colleague and successful marriage or committed relationship. It should also contribute to developing an understanding of their own sexuality, consent/ pressure, sexual health and contraception. The aim is to help young people lead confident, healthy lives to enable them to be active citizens with due regard to the value of family life in all its forms. This will help pupils understand the positive effects that good relationships have on their mental wellbeing, identify when relationships are not right and understand how such situations can be managed.  RSE does not encourage early sexual experimentation. It should teach young people to understand human sexuality and to respect themselves and others. It enables young people to mature, build their confidence and self-esteem and understand the reasons for delaying sexual activity. 

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) Policy please click here

Can I withdraw my son from RSE?

Parents and guardians do still have the right to withdraw their children from some aspects of the RSE curriculum.  To be clear, this means that children can, at the written request of a parent or guardian, be withdrawn from the parts of the curriculum that deal with sex.  The relationships part of the lessons is compulsory for all. At the age of 16 children are entitled to make their own decisions on whether they are withdrawn from any part of the curriculum – again excluding the relationships lessons.  Some parents do elect to withdraw their son but the vast majority do not.  We firmly believe that the curriculum has been designed and the teachers trained to deliver this topic sensitively and effectively.  We also think that the RSE curriculum effectively supports the broader education of boys in this school, helping them to forge better relationships and to develop some of the softer skills that they will require in later life such as empathy, communication, and their ability to manage and resolve conflict.

If you have feedback or questions about any aspect of RSE or PSHE please email Miss Laura MacKenzie, Head of PSHE at



The personal, social, health and economic development of our children is achieved through partnership between school and the family. To support your children, you could:

  • Go to information events for parents about the school’s approach to PSHE related issues such as online safety, relationships and sex education and drugs.
  • Talk with your children about the issues explored in PSHE education.

If you have any concerns about PSHE education or are worried about your child, do speak to their teacher or email Miss Laura MacKenzie, Head of PSHE at

Department for Education

Mental and physical health

Online Safety

Keeping children safe

Relationships and sex education