Personal, Social, Health  Education - PSHE

Citizenship and Relationships & Sex Education RSE

Mrs P Hartley, Deputy Headteacher:


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In PSHE and Citizenship the skills you acquire will help you to be exceptionally well prepared for the next stage in your education, training or employment and prepare you for taking an active role in our community and life in modern Britain. The course combines personal, social and health education as well as citizenship and whilst careers is now officially separate from PSHE, many of the skills inter-link to support you to become independent thinkers with a good broad and balanced understanding of the issues around PSHE so you can make informed decisions as a young adult.

Students complete the Adolescent Lifestyle survey every three years and we use this information to inform our planning of the programme. We are flexible and use local feedback and information to respond to current issues as they arise. This can be as a response to surveys or pupil voice, discussions with other colleagues in schools or through Police information. For example, domestic violence, child sexual exploitation and extremism have all had specific lessons dedicated to them in response to current needs locally or nationally.


This is an exciting time for PSHE and Citizenship and our progamme of study is undergoing a review in preparation for the latest statutory guidance on PSHE which will come into effect from September 2019. It provides an opportunity to evaluate the full impact of our programme and make changes to improve aspects.

As a consequence the policy is also under review and will be updated in the light of the statutory guidance.

Pupils are given the opportunity to demonstrate exceptional independence in exploring issues in small groups; they think critically, articulate their learning and their views with great confidence and work constructively with others on topics around all aspects of PSHE and citizenship. They consistently evaluate, discern and challenge their own and others’ views using appropriate evidence from a range of sources.

Pupils show an understanding of, and commitment to, their own and others’ health and well-being. Pupils, appropriate to their age and capability, have an excellent understanding of relationships, sexual development, sexual consent and respect. They understand extremely well how to keep themselves and others healthy and safe and are very well aware, for example, of the dangers of substance misuse. Pupils have a very strong understanding of how to recognise and deal with mental health problems such as stress or eating disorders; how to develop resilience and resist peer pressure; and where to go to seek further help and advice. Mental health and resilience is part of our whole school priority and an additional project is running as part of form time.

Students understand very well the impact of bullying on others and actively challenge all forms of bullying including racist, disabled and homophobic language.

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Key Stage 3

PSHE – friendships, anti-bullying and e-safety, puberty, hygiene and health, holiday safety (road, rail, land, water, fire), tolerance, domestic abuse (including Child sexual exploitation),
Citizenship – how the UK is governed and the rights and responsibilities of its citizens in modern Britain. This includes, democracy and Parliament (voting and elections), liberties of UK citizens, the Justice system and management of money.

Key Stage 4

PSHE – Drugs, alcohol, first aid, finance and gambling, e-safety (sexting), mental & emotional health, domestic violence, enterprise and work related learning, managing your money, SRE topics including porn, testicular cancer, sexual risks, homophobia, self esteem, young drivers

Citizenship & Life in Modern Britain – Parliament and other forms government, democratic and non-democratic (including extremism), electoral systems beyond the UK, identity in the UK and the need for mutual respect and understanding, community PSHCE is not examined at GCSE level but forms a vital component of the school curriculum and we are committed to outstanding delivery of PSHE. We are proud to hold the Careers Mark in recognition of our high standards in delivering impartial information, advice and guidance to pupils and of our record of the number of pupils who progress successfully to education, employment and training year after year.

Extra Curricular

PSHCE includes working with the community on such activities as the Old Folks Christmas Party, voting for House responsibilities and School Council, representation at the town council. We actively support the Youth Council and hold assemblies where representatives discuss the opportunities with all out pupils. The Youth Mayor for 2013-14 was our ex Head Boy, and since then we have had representation at the Youth Council.

Relationships and Sex Education RSE

Understanding RSE a guide for parents - June 2020

We have always delivered RSE at Huntcliff and are delighted that new statutory guidance comes into effect from September 2019 raising the importance and profile of the programme. We are currently re-writing our programme of study to reflect the changes and this will be implemented in full in September 2019.

RSE is statutory guidance from the Department for Education issued under Sections 34 and 35 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017. This guidance replaces the Sex and Relationship Education guidance (2000).

Please refer to the RSE policy as it is updated for September 2019

Definition of RSE: Relationships and sex education (RSE) is learning about the emotional, social and physical aspects of growing up, relationships, sex, human sexuality and sexual health. It should equip children and young people with the information, skills and values to have safe, fulfilling and enjoyable relationships and to take responsibility for their sexual health and well-being.

Our programme is likely to look as follows:

Key Stage 3:
Hormones, how they will be affected by them, the menstrual cycle, wet dreams, erections, fertility, pregnancy - how it can be avoided, and safer sex. What ‘normal’ physical development is. The difference between sexual attraction and love and whether it is normal to be attracted or in love with someone of the same gender. Questions are raised around relationships, when is the right time to have sex, how to avoid pressure and where they can get more information if they need it, including the best websites, confidential services etc.

This will be split into areas around:

  • Relationships
  • My Body
  • Feelings and attitudes
  • Keeping safe and looking after my sexual health
  • People who can help me/sources of help and advice

Key Stage 4:
At this age some young people will either be sexually experimental or know friends who are. They will be interested to know what they should expect of a partner and how to talk to them. They will need more information on contraception, sexual health and how to access services. They will want to know about different types of relationships and homophobia. They may want to know about how to cope with strong feelings and how to cope with the pressures to have sex. They will start to ask questions about parenthood and may like to know how they can talk to their own parents or a trusted adult. They will also be interested in other influences on sexual decision making such as the law, different cultures and religious beliefs, pornography, the media and the effects of drugs and alcohol.

This will be split into areas around:

  • Relationships
  • Feelings and attitudes
  • Influences on behaviour
  • Keeping safe and looking after my sexual health
  • People who can help me/sources of help and advice

Further details will be published once the programme is finalised prior to introduction in September 2019.