Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHEE) provides a vital foundation for the personal development of young people in preparing them for adult life and aims to equip young people with the skills and attitudes needed to react positively to the pressures of modern life.

At Heart of England School, PSHEE is taught once a week during Achievement Tutor Time and is also taught within many subjects as part of PSHEE across the curriculum. Some aspects of PSHEE are also taught by trained, outside professionals. The input of all outside speakers is carefully vetted in advance in order to ensure that their style of delivery and content are appropriate.

PSHEE should help pupils to lead confident, healthy and responsible lives as individuals and as members of society. The key objectives of PSHEE are to teach students how:

  • to live healthily and safely
  • to have the confidence to deal appropriately with any difficult spiritual, moral, social or cultural issues they face as they approach adulthood
  • to reflect on their experiences and how they are developing
  • to understand, and manage responsibly, a wider range of relationships as they mature
  • to show respect for the diversity of, and differences between, people
  • to become active, thoughtful and responsible citizens
  • to improve well-being and self-esteem, encouraging belief in their ability to succeed
  • to take responsibility for their learning and future choice of courses and career
  • to be able to make informed financial decisions

Sex and Relationship Education

The emotional and moral dimensions of a sexual relationship will be taught within the framework of PSHEE in relation to the PSHEE objectives listed above.

Government guidance recommends that Sex and Relationship Education should ensure that young people learn to respect themselves and others and move with confidence from childhood, through adolescence into adulthood.

Effective Sex and Relationship Education is essential if young people are to make responsible and well-informed decisions about their life. We therefore teach young people to understand human sexuality and to respect themselves and others. SRE enables young people to resist pressure from other people, build up their confidence and develop self-esteem.


As well as being a GCSE option for KS4 students, Citizenship is an integral part of PSHEE and the curriculum as a whole. Citizenship requires students to become informed citizens, having a knowledge of:

  • legal and human rights and responsibilities in our society
  • the need for mutual respect and understanding in a diverse society
  • key features of democracy
  • the work of voluntary groups
  • the importance of resolving conflict fairly
  • the world as a global community