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SMSC, PSHCE and SRE 2022-11-11T10:09:44+00:00



  • SMSC – Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural
  • PSHCE – Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic Education
  • SRE – Sex and Relationships Education


  • The PSHCE curriculum is delivered during drop down “Character Days” which happen once every half term and also through assemblies and tutor group lessons.
  • 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. Below you can see the full Character Days Plan.

Further Information

The SMSC, fundamental British values and the citizenship curriculums are a requirement of all maintained schools; They teach Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development. It is an area of the curriculum that focuses on the non-academic development of students, such as understanding and appreciation of different cultures or dealing with morals and values. SMSC is about developing the whole child.

Health Education is compulsory in all secondary schools and has been since September 2020, along with Relationships and Sex Education (RSE).

Though economic well being is not yet statutory in entirety, elements of this strand (e.g. online gambling) are threaded throughout the statutory guidance.

Parent withdrawal is still allowed for sex education elements, although we recommend that all students are allowed to receive this valuable information. However, if you wish to withdraw your child form these sessions, please send an email to the address below.

At Haggerston we deliver SMSC in a variety of ways, it runs through all curriculum areas and is taught through our PSHCE (Personal, social, health, citizenship and economic education) programme.

A core purpose of the school is to help young people become responsible knowledgeable citizens, ready to be independent in modern society.

Should you wish to withdraw your child from these specified lessons, please email using the subject heading Character Day.