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

Transition Year 6 into Year 7 Body Image Teenage Brain and wellbeing Transition from Key Stage 3 and habit 1 Intro into Year 11
Inclusion This is me Self care Healthy KS4 work patterns and sleep Self care/ target setting
What is PSHE / Emotional wellbeing Life Online Resilience and re-framing failure Growth mindset Sixth Form Future
Friends Operation Christmas Child Eating disorders Making safer choices Future options
Teamwork Cyberbullying Self harm Drugs talk Making safer choices
Operation Christmas Child Language and meaning Life on-line – ways to say no / sexting Love and relationships – criminal relationships (coercive control and domestic abuse) Staying safe at house parties
Bullying Prejudice What is the economy? Love and Sex – pornography and exploitation Finance
Safety online Discrimination Poverty and the welfare state Love and Sex – fertility Digital banking
Cybersecurity What matters to you? Ashford Charity Project Love and Sex – pregnancy and choices Interview skills
Healthy eating Democracy – protest and petitions Disability awareness: DSL Immigration Transferable skills
Self care Study skills Roles and responsibilities of parents Radicalisation Abolishing lad culture
Multiculturism Mindfulness and techniques for stress Making safer choices – alcoholism
FGM Sexual harassment 
What is faith? Careers Study skills Morrisby Careers Profiling CV Update
Family NHS Blood Transplant and Organ Donation Healthy relationships Study skills  
Loss: separation British Political System How to Break Up  
Loss: bereavement Love and Sex  
Study skills Love and Sex: STIs tests and treatments  
Equality Act: Disability Awareness Consent  
Equality Act: LGBTQ+ Contraception  
Personal hygiene    
Letter to future self: Reflection and goal setting    


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.