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Hampstead School

Personal Social Health Citizenship Education


Key Stage 3 PSHCRE Coordinator    -    Metaxoulla Chrisostomou
Key Stage 4 PSHCRE Coordinator    -    Niall O'Hagan

At Hampstead School PSHCE incorporates an integrated programme of three subject areas PSHEE (Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education), Citizenship and Religious Education and comprises of both the formal curriculum (lessons) and informal curriculum (enrichment activities). The subject of PSHCE 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 good relationships by respecting the differences between people and make a positive contribution to society.

The Curriculum:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Unit 1 – New Beginnings

  • Transition programme

Unit 2 – Rights & Responsibilities

  • Rights People have and where they come from

Unit 3 – Make A Move

  • Physical Activity and its relationship to Health

Unit 4 – All About Me (1)

  • Emotional Well Being programme looking at our inter-relationship with others and ourselves

Unit 5 – My Community

  • This Unit looks at issues to do with the diverse society we live in and what it means to be British

Unit 6 – My Health

  • How our body works and changes expected in puberty.

Unit 1 – All about me (2)

  • Relationships and Reliance

Unit 2 – Prejudice & Discrimination

  • Why do people discriminate and the role of religion

Unit 3 – Changing Minds

  • What is mental health, attitudes to it  and Emotional Intelligence

Unit 4 – Managing Risk 1)

  • Keeping yourself safer and making safer choices

Unit 5 – Human rights

  • Human rights in the UK

Unit 1 – Nutrition & Health (1)

  • How is diet linked to health and the components of a healthy diet

Unit 2 – Interfaith Relationships

  • Greater understanding of the main religious, the conflict between them and the conflict within them

Unit 3 – Taking Responsibility

  • Learning from the Holocaust and how to be an UpStander

Unit 4 – All about me (3)

  • SRE & Drugs Education

Unit 5 – Nutrition & Health (2)

  • Specific dietary needs

Year 10

Year 11

Years 12 & 13

Unit 1 – Resilience & Well Being

  • Improving our Emotional IQ and dealing with stress

Unit 2 – Relationships

  • Managing Relationship & Risky Behaviour

Unit 3 – Sanctity of Life

  • Citizenship & Religious Studies SOL, looking at controversial issues around life

Unit 4 – GN & Political Education

  • Learning about and from the Political system and running a campaign

Unit 5 – Managing Risk (2)

  • Drugs & Risky Behaviour

Unit 1 – Moving On (1)

  • Preparation for GCSEs and Moving to KS5

Unit 2 – Crime & Punishment

  • Different types of crime and how they are dealt with

Unit 3 – All About Me (5)

  • Drugs & SRE Education

Unit 4 – Nearly There

  • Dealing with exam stress & exam preparation

Year 12


Community Challenge &        Active Citizenship

  • Group or Individual Active Citizenship Project

Year 13


Unit 1 - Citizenship & Political Ed

  • Being a responsible citizen

Unit 2 – Stress Busters

  • Stress reduction


In Years 7 and 8 students are encouraged to undertake a longer piece of independent learning outside the classroom. This is done either individually or in small groups.

Year 7 – My Community:  Individual presentation about themselves and their own lives

Year 8 –Lives & Voices: Group work research project on a religion or culture that is not their own

Certificated Courses

Year 9: NCFE Level 2 Certification in Nutrition & Health: Work related certificate.

The Enrichment Programme

In Year 9 students participate in a “Criminal Justice Day” where they explore different aspects of the criminal justice system and the impact of crime.

In Year 12 students focus on ‘Health & Well-Being’ and explore different aspects of their own health and how to stay safer and healthier.

Additional enrichment days include: drugs awareness, gangs and knife crime, and healthy relationships

REACT (Responsibility, Environment, Action, Community & Travel)

School based active citizenship project which is open to students, teachers and members of the local community to work together to improve our local and international community. Three key areas: Environment, Community & Travel.

Environment: Encourage students and staff to be more aware of their carbon footprint and to respect the Environment.

Community: Charitable and awareness projects such as fundraising for Children In Need, Red nose Day/Sports Relief, Remembrance Day.

Travel: Sustainable Travel & School Travel plan; Youth Travel Ambassadors Scheme & Cycle Club.  The Cycle Club takes part in the London to Brighton Bike Ride for the British Heart Foundation each year.

Hampstead Anti Bullying Zone (HABZ)

HABZ is an anti-bullying initiative to try and eradicate bullying and make students feel safer. It is a peer mentoring initiative which encourages active participation. Students are able to apply to become peer supporters in Year 9.  They have to complete a formal application detailing why they want to be a peer supporter and what they think they will bring to the scheme. Those that are chosen are provided with a three day training scheme:

Day 1:       The various forms of Bullying

Day 2  :     The role of the peer supporter

Day 3  :     Conflict Resolution

Peer supporters are expected to be on duty once a week for each of the following:

  • early risers breakfast club
  • break duty and
  • lunch duty a week 

They are also expected to attend the new Year 7 Induction Day.

At the end of the training successful students are invited to a graduation ceremony with their parents. Both students and parents are asked to sign a contract agreeing to take part in extra-curricular activities.