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What will I learn in PSHE


This course has been informed by:

  • Department for Education National Curriculum Framework Statutory Guidance Document, Sept, 2015
  • Department for Education PSHE review March 2013
  • Department for Education PSHE education guidance, Oct 2013
  • Department for Education National Curriculum: Citizenship programme of study and attainment targets for KS 3 & 4
  • Department for Education Prevent Duty guidance, July 2015
  • Hampshire LA guidance and exempla,
  • PSHE Association Guidance on Developing your PSHE Curriculum Sept 2015
  • PSHE Association Programme of Study October 2014
  • Ofsted survey “Not yet good enough.” May 2013
  • Ofsted School Inspection Handbook from Sept 2015
  • Secondary National Strategy for school improvement: Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning for secondary schools – SEAL, DfES 2007


At Samuel Cody PSHE and Citizenship education is a planned programme of learning for our students to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.

The overarching aim is to provide pupils with:

  • accurate and relevant knowledge
  • opportunities to turn that knowledge into personal understanding
  • opportunities to explore, clarify and if necessary challenge, their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities
  • the skills, language and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives
  • the ability to become responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

The programme is designed to prepare students to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in such rapidly changing and challenging times. It also helps them to connect and apply the knowledge and understanding they learn in all subjects to practical, real-life situations while helping them to feel confident in themselves and their ability to address the challenges of effective learning and make a full and active contribution to society.  

The lesson plans or resources that will be used as each lesson can be adapted to fit the individual needs of the students and events that occur around the world throughout the academic year. The schemes are written to be adaptable to current affairs and changes that occur within the lives of the students, within the wider community, nationally and globally. 

What is the difference between PSHE and Citizenship and why do we have to teach it?

Both PSHE and Citizenship are separate and distinct subjects on the National Curriculum. Each subject has their own set of skills, range of content and levels of attainment. Citizenship is a compulsory subject and PSHE, although being a compulsory subject within the National curriculum, has a set of non-statutory guidelines, which allows schools to adapt the program to meet the needs of their students.

Prevent Duty

As of 1 July 2015, schools now have a legal duty to prevent pupils from becoming radicalised. In secondary schools, the UK Department for Education recommends using the citizenship curriculum for this.

As of November 2014, schools must promote the following British values:

  • democracy
  • the rule of law
  • individual liberty
  • mutual respect
  • tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.


From September 2021 we shall be running the Award of Personal and Social effectiveness run by ASDAN to accredit our learners at the end of Key Stage 4.

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PSHE Department Curriculum Statement

PSHE Long Term Plan