Why learn PSHE, RSE & Citizenship?

PSHE at ACSC provides students with the opportunities to reflect on their own experiences and empathise with those of others. It helps students to understand and manage a range of relationships, both within and outside the school environment, and how to adapt as they mature. Students will also know the importance of showing respect for the diversity and differences between people.

The curriculum also develops students’ well-being and self-esteem encouraging belief in their ability to succeed and enabling them to take responsibility for their learning and future choice of courses and career. 

All students study PSHE for one hour per week. It is a non-examined subject which is considered paramount to our student’s personal development and health and well-being. PSHE helps students to develop life skills to ensure they are well prepared to respect and contribute to the wider society and life in Britain. High expectations are set for the promotion of tolerance, understanding and appreciation of the diverse communities in which we live.

The key British Values lie at the heart of all we do and all students transpose these values into their books at the start of the academic year and make reference to them at the end of each half term, demonstrating which values have a clear link to the topic studied.

The values are:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect
  • Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs

Within our PSHE provision will also ensure the national statutory requirements are covered which include:

Statutory Health and Mental Wellbeing Education

  • Mental wellbeing
  • Internet safety and harms
  • Physical health and fitness
  • Healthy eating
  • Drugs, alcohol and tobacco
  • Health and prevention
  • Basic first aid
  • Changing adolescent body

Statutory Relationships and Sex Education

  • Families
  • Respectful relationships, including friendships
  • Online media
  • Being safe
  • Intimate and sexual relationships, including sexual health

Additional topics studied in PSHE

  • Citizenship
  • Personal Finance
  • Enterprise 
  • Gangs
  • Knife Crime

PSHE Documents