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Head of Department: Mrs S Newton 

What is PSHE?

At Comberton Personal, Social, Health Education aims to develop the knowledge and skills that young people need to be safe, healthy and to flourish as citizens in modern Britain. PSHE plays a vital role in supporting the schools’ mission to develop students who are capable, caring, and confident. PSHE affords opportunities to explicitly nurture their personal and social skills, securing the foundations for our students to thrive as adults post school.

What skills will I develop?

Skills for employability, forming positive relationships, politics, money management and a healthy outlook.

What syllabus will I follow?

PSHE is a non-examined subject and the course is designed around the needs of our pupils based on feedback from surveys and with guidance from both the PSHE association and the Cambridgeshire PSHE service.

What will the course look like in year 10?

 Curriculum Extension Day

Time off timetable to look at how to apply for work experience, find out more from employers in a career carousel, learn how to write a CV and what to do (or not to do) during an interview.

 -Drugs and abusive substances: students attend a talk by Peter Hall from Wasted Youth where they learn first-hand the effects drugs have on a person’s life. The effect these have on the ability to make an informed decision and risk taking, addictive behaviours including pornography and the effects they can have long term on a person’s life will be covered in RSE lessons.

Three lessons in English and three in maths taught by the head of PSHE, covering relationship, sex education and drugs:

 -Relationships and sex education: students discuss consent, what a healthy relationship is and how to recognise when it is not healthy.

-Contraception and sexually transmitted infections: students look at how to know when they are ready to have an intimate relationship and how to use contraception, what is a consensual sexual relationship, what is coercion and how to get help, different attitudes to sexual relationships and abortion, fertility problems, IVF, fostering and adoption, what the law says about rape and sexual abuse.

During Form time

Mental and physical health: looking at how to deal with stressful situations and anxiety e.g. relaxation techniques. How to support friends and family with mental ill health and addressing the stigma attached to mental ill heath compared to physical ill health during form time activities

What will the course look like in Year 11?

5 lessons taken from English and Maths taught by the Head of PSHE covering: 

Relationships and Sex Education – continuing to look at healthy relationships, long term relationship options, the impact of pornography on relationships.

Making Good Choices and Managing Risk – substance addiction, online gambling, avoiding extremism

Health and Well-being – managing stress and exam pressure

Curriculum Extension Time 

Time will be used to support the 5 PSHE Topics (Health and Well-being, Valuing Difference, Healthy Relationships, Managing Risk and Making Good Choices and Living in the Wider World) where it is felt necessary by the Head of PSHE and Senior Leaders of the school. This may vary to meet the needs of specific cohorts year on year.


Relationships and sex education: students will be reminded of consent in assemblies and what a healthy relationship is and what to do if they need help.

What homework will I get?

Year 10: Homework will be to complete the work experience application forms and find a placement.

Year 11: Homework will be to complete their personal statement in readiness for the sixth from/ apprenticeship applications.

How will I be assessed?

PSHE is a non-examined subject which prepares a student for the wider world. Learning PSHE has a positive impact on academic attainment, according to independent Pro Bono Economics review 2017 which concluded that PSHE programmes are effective in developing social and emotional skills, supporting emotional wellbeing, improving physical health, and tackling bullying. The evidence then links these positive outcomes to improved academic attainment: by helping young people to be healthier, happier and safer, PSHE enables them to do better in school across all curriculum areas.

What jobs or further courses of study might this lead to?

PSHE equips students with the skills needed to apply for a job in a career they chose to go for. The debating skills they learn can be used in many careers including politics, law and uniformed services. But most of all the skills are transferable to all areas of life to ensure they become a happy, healthy, safe and economically wise adult.

Are there any entry requirements for this course?

No. The course will be delivered to all students unless parents/carers withdraw permission for RSE lessons. If permission is withdrawn, then your child will be taught RSE in the last term of year 11. Full details of contents of RSE lessons are available for parents upon request. Please see our RSE Policy for more details on your right to withdraw your child from RSE.

If I need additional support, what can I access?

Resources are available in the library with a wide range of self-help books.

Support services are available in school via the school nurse for pupils wanting more information on contraception and sexual relationships. This includes screening for some STIs.

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