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Hampstead School

Personal Social Health Citizenship Education


PSHCRE Co-ordinator - Emily Honeywell  

What is PSHCRE? 

At Hampstead School PSHCRE (Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Relationship education) allows students to learn about themselves and the world around them by learning about a range of relevant topics. The curriculum intends to develop students' communication skills and encourage them to think critically about how they are influenced, the choices they make and play a role in their personal development as they decide who they fundamentally want to be as people. PSHCRE also plays an important role in safeguarding students to teach them key knowledge that will encourage students to make good choices and prevent them from potential dangers. Through studying PSHCRE students will: 

  • Learn about a range of topics such as RSE, celebrating diversity and inclusion, the wider world, health and wellbeing and options beyond school. 

  • Develop their communication and oracy skills. 

  • Recognise potential dangers and how to avoid them. 

  • Engage in regular discussions and communicate effectively with those with opposing views. 

  • Develop analytical and critical thinking skills. 

  • Feel more prepared for life beyond school. 

The subject of PSHCRE is taught once a week to all students and is delivered by their tutors; alongside outside specialists running workshops, extended assemblies and theatre productions. 

What we aim to do:  

We aim to promote the physical and mental well-being of all our students by: 

  • Developing responsibility and commitment so that students make the most of their abilities and become successful learners. 

  • Developing confident young people with a strong sense of self-worth enabling them to adopt a healthy and safer lifestyle. 

  • Becoming informed and responsible citizens of our diverse society, who are able to develop positive relationships by respecting the differences between people and make a positive contribution to society. 

Curriculum Content and Delivery:  

As an important part of students’ personal development, PSHCRE is taught once a week to all students across the school and is delivered by their tutors. Furthermore, specialist organisations work with our school to deliver engaging workshops for students to deepen their learning. Some of these include workshops include sessions about topics such as consent, weapons awareness and sex education. 

Each half-term all year groups study a unit of work based on a different fertile question. This allows students to deepen their knowledge of the content and encourages them to be inquisitive and ask questions. Each year the PSHCRE curriculum covers core themes such as Health and Wellbeing, Celebrating Diversity and Equality, Staying Safe Online and Offline and Life Beyond School, as well as the statutory Relationships and Sex education (RSE) content. In addition to this, the curriculum is regularly adapted to suit the needs of our students and to respond to current affairs that take place.


How we measure impact: 

In addition to assessing students’ work in lessons, impact of our curriculum is measured by how students communicate their thoughts and feelings and how they respond to others and the world around them. Through our curriculum and its delivery, we hope that our students will be kind, happy, caring, tolerant, and confident individuals with strong communication skills. We also aim to provide students with a strong understanding of their rights and a range of skills to respond to real-life scenarios, which they may experience throughout their lives.  

In each lesson students are presented with a self-assessment confidence checker, which is also used to measure impact and progress. Furthermore, given that PSHCRE is taught by tutors, the successes, progress and achievements of students is celebrated weekly in tutor time, which is used to further measure impact. 

Relationships and Sex Education

Relationships and Sex Education and Health education in England: 

Since 2020, Relationships Education has been compulsory in all primary schools in England and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) has been compulsory in all secondary schools. 

Health Education is compulsory in all state funded schools. Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) continues to be compulsory in independent schools. 
This is due to the recognition of various risks that many children and young people are exposed to, both online and offline, and the increased importance to teach young people to respond to challenges and life changes in a healthy and positive way.  

After a consultation with parents, young people and professionals the DfE published statutory guidance for Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education, and Health Education in England (DfE, 2019a), which Hampstead School follows within the PSHCRE curriculum.  

RSE & PSCHRE Policies

If you would like to support any aspect of PSHCRE at Hampstead School, or would like any further information about the role of PSHCRE within a student’s personal development, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.