Personal, Social and Health Development (PSHD)

Head of Department: Mrs T Allen -

Personal, Social and Health Development (PSHD) education is taught at Key Stage 3 only. 

While not an exam subject, PSHD is nevertheless an important and necessary part of all students’ education, enabling them to develop a sound understanding of the risks they may come across in life and providing them with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions. It includes guidance on subjects such as drug education, financial education, sex and relationships and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.

This subject also helps young people to develop the knowledge, skills and conviction to play an effective role in their local, national and global communities. By critically examining issues related to Democracy, Identity and Diversity, Social Justice and Human Rights from a differing range of perspectives, students learn to form their own opinion, to speak out and take action on issues that are important to them.

Key Stage 3 Study Breakdown

Term 1:
Introduction to School Life
- Bullying

Term 2:
- Diversity and Difference
- Risks

Term 3:
- Being Healthy
- Sex Relationships and Puberty

Year 8

Term 1:
- Bullying
- Body Image and Peer Pressure

Term 2:
- Sex and Relationship
- Career Induction

Term 3:
- Drugs and Alcohol
- Change and Loss

Year 9

Term 1:
- Extremism & Radicalisation

Term 2:
Internet Safety (Sexting, Exploitation and Laws)
- Ready for sex? Sex and Relationships (Abuse in Teens, Coming Out, Pornography and Dangers On-line)

Term 3:
- Being Healthy
- Sex, Relationships and Puberty