Head of Department: Miss Dalgakiran

KS3/4 Teachers: Miss Dalgakiran, Miss Shrubb, Mr Earnshaw-Crofts, Mr Hobbs, Mr Churchouse, Mr Bryant, Mrs Griffiths, Mrs Banks

KS5 Teachers: Miss Dalgakiran, Mr Lennon, Miss Stone, Mr John, Mrs Banks

Personal Social Health Citizenship and Economic Education (PSHCE) 


The PSHCE curriculum at Burnham Grammar School is designed to

  • Support students in acquiring the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to make well-informed and safe decisions about their future.
  • Make a positive contribution to our students’ behaviour, both at school and in the wider community.
  • Help students make positive learning and career choices in order to achieve personal and economic wellbeing in the future.
  • Support students in developing: an understanding of themselves developing their personal attributes such as resilience, self-confidence, self-esteem, empathy; and the skills to work with a diverse range of people, both at school and in the future.
  • Provide opportunities for students to explore, clarify and if necessary challenge, their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities whilst at the same time supporting the schools aims.
  • Explore the ideas of relationships, feelings and appropriate behaviours, rules and routines.
  • Use student voice to shape the topics we cover, in order to make it relevant and worthwhile for our students.


Our curriculum is supported by the guidance given from the PSHE Association and is taught in one-hour slots every fortnight across all year groups.

The main areas covered across all year groups in an appropriate age-related manner are

  • Relationships and Sex education
  • Financial Education
  • Drug Education
  • Physical Activity Education
  • Citizenship and British Values
  • Careers
  • Mental Health
  • Enterprise
  • E-safety
  • Safe Guarding.

We use Assessment for Learning strategies in our PSHCE lessons. This can include:

  • Sharing lesson objectives and success criteria;
  • Finding out the students’ ‘starting points’ / baseline knowledge at the beginning of a topic or lesson;
  • Providing feedback to students to let them know how they are getting on;
  • Providing opportunities for reflection using plenaries at the end of lessons and topics;
  • Differentiating tasks where appropriate.

The delivery of PSHCE is provided by highly passionate teachers from different subjects across the school providing the students with a unique opportunity to build strong cross curricular links with their other subjects. This includes

  • Enterprise skills; where students are challenged to be creative and innovative by designing products and then pitching it to an audience.
  • Literacy; where students get the opportunity to develop their verbal and written communication skills.
  • Numeracy; where students get the opportunity to consider salaries of different jobs, budgeting, student finance for university and the cost of living, all of which involve some maths work.


Our curriculum will enable students to:

  • Embrace challenge and become responsible learners
  • Prepare for external assessments and for the future
  • Become caring and active citizens equipped to demonstrate and apply the British Values of Democracy, Tolerance, Mutual Respect and Rule of Law.
  • Remain healthy, happy and safe in and out of school and know how to seek for help when they need it.

Student progress is measured in terms of how they develop throughout the year on a lesson by lesson basis where they are given time to self-reflect on different topics. Students will be able to

  • Analyse a range of information from a wide range of resources and use this to construct arguments;
  • Thoroughly explain and justify their viewpoint;
  • Respond to other peoples’ counter arguments, referring to evidence to support their own opinion.
  • Make significant contributions to discussion showing they have reflected on the ideas of others and thought carefully about what to say, when to say it and how best to express themselves.

Furthermore, the impact of the curriculum can be seen in the day to day school environment via student social interactions, the number of students taking on the role of being a mental health mentor or school council representative.


Curriculum Plan / Overview of the Year

Key Stage 3 and 4


Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Term 1

Topic – Settling in

Topic - Relationships

Topic – Your Future

Topic 1 – Health and wellbeing

Topic – Health and relationships


Introduction to mentoring

The school’s anti-bullying policy

University aspirations

Moral and social dilemmas



What are the school aims?

Peer pressure

Creative choices

Managing mental health (stress, anxiety, depression)

Sex in the media


A place to learn – settling in

Friendships and other relationships

Identifying strengths / employability

Eating disorders and the media’s portrayal of body image.

Elevate session


Getting on well with other students


Career pathways

The risks of cosmetic procedures

Questionnaires on Post 16 Options


Topic – Self-esteem and staying safe

Topic – Coping with risk

Topic – Managing money

Topic – Diversity and difference

Topics – Next steps/Coping with exams


Developing a positive self-image (1)


Financial decision making / gambling

Diversity in sexual attraction

Questionnaires on Post 16 Options


Developing a positive self-image (2)


Different types of work/ Part time work

Gender roles and cultural expectations

Looking after yourself during the exam period




Staying safe online

Body Image

Being enterprising

Guest speaker- Stonewall- homophobia (TBC)




Eating disorders

Enterprise- continued


Elevate session follow up



Term 2

Topic - Relationships

Topic – Your future

Topic - Relationships

Topic – Healthy relationships

Topic – Health and relationships


The school’s anti-bullying policy

Selecting the right GCSE options


Child sexual exploitation

Sex in the media


Accepting feedback / constructive criticism

Stereotyping in careers/

Thinking about career options

Divorce and bereavement

Domestic violence

STIs, including HIV/AIDS


Diversity and discrimination

The value/ importance of money

Managing your personal finances

Having a boyfriend / girlfriend.

Other exploitative relationships (gangs, cyberbullying)

Knife Crime


Topic –Relationships 2

Topic –Wider World

Topic – Health (1)

Topic – Politics

Topic – Looking after yourself


Different types of relationships

Human rights

Cancer and cancer prevention

Extremism and radicalisation

Managing stress


Challenging unacceptable language

British values

Homophobia- guest speaker (TBC)

Extremism and radicalisation

Managing mental health issues and self-harm


Recognising / managing peer pressure

Animal rights

The risks of FGM

Further sex education (Speaker TBC)


Term 3

Topic –Healthy living

Topic – Wider World 2

Topic – Health (2)

Topic – Preparing for work

Exam period


A balanced diet

How does parliament work? / Democracy

Positive and negative role of drugs

Designing / developing a CV



Exercise and sleep

Enterprise- Gandy’s flip flops/social enterprise

County lines

Soft skills and employability/Phoning your employer for work experience



First aid and life-saving

Enterprise- Gandy’s flip flops/social enterprise



Health Questionnaires to be completed


Interview skills



Topic – Your future

Topic – Mental health

Topic – Sex education

Topic – Enterprise



Making Careers research work

Coping with stress


Enterprise: UK labour market enterprise



Enterprise- Sustainability

Issues of mental health- run by The Samaritans





Enterprise- Sustainability


Consent (TBC)

Enterprise: UK labour market enterprise



Key Stage 5


Year 12 Topics

Year 13 Topics


Study skills

Personal statements


Samaritan visit – Mental Health


Drive Safe -Guest speaker


The effect of social media

Finances, student loans, bursaries.


Alcoholism- Guest Speaker

Samaritan visit – Mental Health


Researching University courses/Prospectuses- Taught in lessons


Voting (TBC)



Budgeting: Taught in lessons



The above overview may be subject to change. This is because some lessons depend on the scheduling of visits from outside organisations and the scheduling of other events which will overlap with PSHCE at certain times of the year.


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PSHCE impact statement BGS 24th Jan 2020 Download
PSHCE Curriculum Plan overview 2020 28th Jan 2020 Download