Mrs Harrison: Director of Teaching and Learning – Explore Faculty

Course Information

The PSE curriculum aims to equip pupils with the knowledge, understanding, skills and strategies to live healthy, safe, responsible lives. We encourage our students to be enterprising and make positive learning and career choices; alongside achieving economic, health and relationship wellbeing. A key part of our work in PSE is based on providing opportunities for students to reflect on, and clarify, their own values and attitudes concerning a variety of issues. The curriculum contributes to personal development by helping pupils to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem as well as recognising their own strengths and qualities that make them unique and valuable contributors to society. Our PSE programme of study equips students with the tools necessary to identify risk taking behaviour, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, understanding diversity and change. Students are encouraged to communicate constructively in a variety of settings, work independently and as part of a team, maintain good relationships and overall develop essential skills for future employability and life outcomes.

The PSE programme of study for years seven to nine is spiralised to ensure that the key topics students learn about relating to relationships, careers, mental health, risk and community are age-appropriate and pertinent to our students.

Course Content

Course Content
Year 7Students complete five units in year 7 focusing on personal identity and relationships, career opportunities, money and finance, personal well-being and risk taking behaviour.
Year 8Students complete six units on attitudes and discrimination, healthy relationships and online safety, careers information and guidance, mental health and community safety.
Year 9Students complete five units on attitudes to health and risks to health including risk taking behaviours and healthy relationships, mental health and wellbeing, including building on their personal qualities and character strengths, careers, financial security and budgeting and recognising and preventing extremism.


Students complete a variety of self, peer and teacher-led assessments to show their knowledge, skills and understanding acquired during each unit of work and also their opinions about the issues and topics covered.

If you have any questions or queries relating to the PSE curriculum please email for more information.