Welcome to the PSHE Department!

Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education aims to enable each student to develop into a healthy, well rounded and responsible adult. Through a wide variety of active learning styles, PSHE lessons encourage every student to participate fully and discuss, reflect on and form their own opinions and views.

The key aims are to:

  • Develop confidence and responsibility
  • Develop a healthy, safer lifestyle
  • Develop positive relationships and respect the differences between people
  • Acquire knowledge and understanding about becoming informed citizens
  • Develop skills of enquiry and communication
  • Actively participate and take responsible action

Scheme of work

PSHE & Citizenship lessons cover the recommended elements for PSHE and the statutory elements for Citizenship that are not covered elsewhere in the curriculum.

The course content is designed to enable students to become well rounded citizens who are able to make informed decisions and understand the world around them.

All year 7 pupils are taught weekly by their tutors. Year 8 are taught by a dedicated team of staff. Years 9, 10 and 11 have one whole day per half term covering all aspects of the PSHE, Citizenship and careers curriculum.

Year 7

Autumn Term

  • Introduction to NUSA: making friends, organisational Skills
  • Learning Skills: how our brains work, how we learn best
  • Emotional Health and Well Being: bullying, healthy eating

Spring Term

  • Stress: learning strategies to cope with the pressures of exams etc.
  • Smoking: Facts about smoking, understanding the reasons why people smoke, resisting peer pressure
  • Sex and Relationships Education: understanding and coping with puberty, how the body changes, relationships with family and friends

Summer Term

  • School Linking: An introduction to our link school in South Africa
  • Being a Citizen: belonging to a community, why we have rules, being a citizen, personal responsibilities
  • Developing school grounds/Recycling: knowing why and how we recycle, setting green targets, planning a school wide recycling project
  • Sun Safety: learning how to stay safe in the sun

Year 8

Autumn Term

  • Drugs: Positive and negative effects of drugs, the dangers of smoking and illegal substances
  • Sex & Relationships Education: The family, coping with loss and change, Self esteem, peer pressure

Spring Term

  • Options: Preparing pupils for making their GCSE option choices
  • Financial Literacy: bank facilities, budgeting, saving, value for money
  • Refugees: travellers, understanding how and why people become refugees
  • Crime: the criminal justice system including a visit from a magistrate
  • Disability: how people cope with disabilities, equal opportunities

Summer Term

  • Heartstone Project: Charter for equal opportunities
  • Learning skills: How we memorise, different learning methods


In Years 9, 10 and 11, pupils are taught PSHE on three whole-day themed events through the year. We have a lot of support from outside agencies including:

  • Pint-Sized Theatre Company (productions on teenage pregnancy and healthy eating)
  • Nottinghamshire Police Force (drug awareness and Internet safety)
  • Teenage Cancer Trust
  • Nottingham Road Safety Team
  • Alcohol Awareness Charity
  • Broxtowe Homelessness Charity
  • New Leaf Smoking Advice
  • County Health Partnership
  • Domestic Abuse Service

Topics covered in each year include:

Year 9

  • Drugs
  • Sex and relationships
  • Healthy eating
  • Smoking
  • Cancer awareness
  • Body image
  • Internet safety
  • Financial capability
  • Teenage pregnancy
  • Enterprise day

Year 10

  • Preparing a CV and letter of application
  • Interview skills, preparing for the Interview Day
  • First aid
  • Contraception and STIs
  • Homelessness
  • Preparing for Work Experience
  • Politics day

Year 11

  • Work Experience
  • Careers and 16+ choices
  • Writing a personal statement
  • Alcohol
  • Coping with stress
  • Exams and revision

September 2020


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  • Citizenship Day
    14/01/15 - Citizenship Day workshops for Years 8 & 9 (13/01/2015)

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