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PSHE relates to Personal, social, health and economic education.

Ashford School’s PSHE Programme of Study encompasses the three Core Themes laid out by the national curriculum framework:

  • Core Theme 1: Health and Wellbeing
  • Core Theme 2: Relationships
  • Core Theme 3: Living in the Wider World

PSHE education equips pupils to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. It also encourages pupils to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions at key stages in their emotional development. Furthermore, PSHE encourages pupils to reflect on important life and career choices, and also guides them to consider what is meant by economic wellbeing.

PSHE is taught by form tutors in a dedicated period 6 lesson every Friday. Through class discussions and focused learning activities, sessions provide pupils with opportunities to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes whilst building confidence, resilience and self-esteem.

It is firmly underpinned by the five principal values of mental wellbeing:

  1. Connecting with others
  2. Being active
  3. Continued learning
  4. Giving to others, and
  5. Mindfulness

The Year 7-11 PSHE Programme of Study is below. All RSE topics are highlighted in red:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

What is PSHE and RSE? Careers Teenage Brain and wellbeing KS4 Work Patterns Year 11: Good preparation
Careers: High Aspirations and debunking stereotypes Body Image and the media Self-care The importance of sleep Ashford School 6th Form
Friends This Is Me Stigma of mental ill health Growth mindset Target Setting
Family Language and Meaning Unhealthy coping strategies My body: Screening and self-examination Future options
Parents LGBTQ+ Resilience and reframing failure Making safer choices: Drugs Making safer choices: House parties
Using my Surface Organisation My body: sun safety, tattoos and piercings DSM Drugs Talk Routes into Work/Young People’s Employment Rights and responsibilities
Christmas Shoeboxes Christmas Shoeboxes Alcohol Making safer choices: County lines and serious organised crime Effective revision
Bullying Healthy Relationships Smoking Future Plans: Pregnancy (incl. miscarriage) Vaping
Safety online: Stranger danger Management of conflict Poverty and the Welfare State Pregnancy Options Marriage – legal status and alternatives
Multiculturism Prejudice Charity Project Morrisby Arranged marriages
Protected Characteristics Discrimination Study Skills Work Values Digital Banking
Disability Awareness The media’s role in hate crime Immigration
Study Skills: The science of revision Cybercrime and online gambling
BSL Study Skills Radicalisation – honour based violence Recognising unhealthy relationships
Family Breakdown What matters to you? Love and Sex: Is it time? Criminal relationships: Coercion and domestic violence and abuse  
Study Skills Democracy – protest and petitions Consent Sex online – porn, grooming and exploitation  
My body: Personal Hygiene including dental health and vaccinations Politics Healthy Sex: Contraception and Avoiding STIs Dealing with unwanted attention – online, harassment and stalking  
Looking after my body and mind: Exercise Cyberbullying Bloody, organ and stem cell donation  
Looking after my body and mind: Healthy Eating Digital Relationships  
Looking after my body and mind: Self-care Loss: Bereavement  
My body: My rights (idea of consent)    
My body: My rights (FGM)    
Letter to Future Self    


Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (RSE) is taught at Ashford School through PSHE, as well as the wider academic curriculum. For more information, please refer to our RSE Information page.