PSHCE 2017-03-23T12:30:04+00:00
  • SRE – Sex and Relationships Education
  • PSHCE – Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic Education
  • SMSC – Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural

These three aspects of the National Curriculum are often taught together owing to their curricular links with one another and the ways in which they overlap. These links may be evident through subject taught lessons, in RE, for example, or the PSHCE curriculum, which includes SRE, the assembly programme, the Thought for the Week and the form tutor programme.


  • PSHCE stands for Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic education. Most governmental guidance refers to PSHE. The school’s model includes citizenship (which includes promoting, knowing and upholding what the government defines as British values) as there is a duty on schools since the 2011 Prevent Strategy to promote British values, which are: democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those from different faiths.
  • Furthermore, schools must also demonstrate how the SMSC definitions (spiritual, moral, social and cultural education) are promoted throughout a child’s education.  Citizenship features under all the SMSC headings. A core purpose of the school therefore is to help young people become responsible knowledgeable British citizens ready to be independent in modern society.
  • PSHE is a non-statutory subject although every school is expected to teach the subject through its curriculum. (PSHE Department for Education 11/9/13)

Delivery and Organisation

  • At Haggerston School, PSHCE education is delivered mainly through drop down days. In addition to the drop down days, the school operates a formal assembly policy in which PSHCE and SMSC themes are addressed on a weekly basis. This is supported by the Thought for the Week, which is delivered through tutor time and relates directly to the assembly theme. Tutor periods are also a time when PSHCE content is delivered.
  • PSHCE lessons are generally taught in tutor groups by either teachers internal to the school or other educational/health professionals who are trained to deliver accurate, relevant and age appropriate subject content to young people. PSHCE content may be sensitive and, as such, trained professionals, who are very familiar with this content and are experienced in talking with young people, are very well placed to know how best to engage young people, managing appropriately personal or sensitive questions.
  • For every year group, the subject content is age appropriate and it builds on prior learning. The lessons are varied to incorporate a wide range of topics and information relevant to all aspects of a young person’s well-being and personal development.
  • SRE (sex and relationships education) forms an essential part of this PSHCE programme.
  • Students in years 7,8 and 9 also participate in the Pledge.  This is a bespoke programme developed by the school in response to the ‘character education’ agenda – developing personal qualities for being a successful adult. Pledge activities relate to both tutor time and the curriculum. At the time of writing, the programme is in development for years 10 and 11.
  • Careers and work related learning is also integral part of the PSHCE programme at Haggerston School. Our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance service (CEIAG) is available to support all young people to realise their future aspirations, and crucially, to support students on each step of the way. A range of careers opportunities are provided, including:
    • Personalised one-to-one advice and guidance appointments
    • CV, personal statement and application writing support
    • Interview skills practice and support
    • Career talks and workshops from professionals in a range of sectors
    • Further and higher education experiences
    • Work based visits
    • Work experience opportunities
    • Apprenticeships information and guidance