Conisborough College Entrance


PSHCE – Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship Education

Our schemes of learning have been mapped not only to the guidelines below but also to SMSC and British Values.

  • PSHCE – Personal Well Being – recognising and reducing risk, minimising harm and getting help in emergency and risky situations
  • PSHCE – Economic Wellbeing, including the importance of financial well-being and future career aspiration.
  • Citizenship Education, including British democracy and British society.
  • Health Education which includes how the media portrays young people, body image and health issues
  • SRE – Sex and Relationships Education, including coping with relationship breakdown, bereavement, emotional and mental health
  • CSE – Child Sexual Exploitation/Grooming, exploitation in relationships, and organisations that support relationships in crisis.
  • Drugs and Alcohol Education including “Running County Lines”/Grooming; including how high-risk behaviours, including some sexual activities and substance misuse may affect individuals, families and communities

At Conisborough pupils form open, harmonious and trusting relationships that enable them to express their feelings and opinions. We encourage pupils listen well to each other in PSHCE education lessons, ask thoughtful questions of their teacher and each other and use sound evidence to justify their own views.

We are proud that students are keen to express their own views, are analytical and reflective and ask challenging questions. They have the confidence to discuss and debate sensitive and controversial issues in PSHCE education lessons, socially around the school, and with visitors. They have the self-assurance to disagree, while respecting the differing views of others.

PSHCE education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepare for life and work in modern Britain.

PSHE Association

Key Stage 3

Year 7

1 – My New School

The purpose of this unit is to help the students settle into their new secondary school. It takes them through finding their way around as well as introduce them to the study skills needed in secondary school.

2 – Friendship and Bullying/SRE

This is a unit of work is looking at friendship and bullying and the issue of consent. The unit covers the characteristics of healthy friendship and relationships, how to maintain friendship and relationships, types and definitions of bullying and how to deal with bullying both as an individual and the role of a school.

3 – Desert Island Living

In this unit the students will be pretending that they have been shipwrecked on a desert Island with no chance of rescue and so have to create a community. This includes discussing rules and laws, resources and necessities, and dealing with community problems. It is a group work based unit so helps to develop inter-personal skills. learning about being part of British society and democracy.

4 – Puberty and Hygiene

In this unit students will be discussing the changes that happen during puberty, both physically and emotionally , and helps the students to identify strategies for coping with these changes and how to help each other. It then goes on to look at the importance of healthy eating and what makes up a healthy diet and exercise.

5 – Healthy Living

In this unit of work students will be looking at the importance of exercise and a healthy diet as well as issues such as FGM and Cancers of the testicles, breasts and skin. They will look at how to look after themselves and where to turn for help and support.

Year 8

1 – Drugs and Alcohol

In this unit the students are looking at the classification of different drugs as well as the law relating to drugs and the effects they have on the body. This includes looking at legal as well as illegal drugs. There is a specific focus on the use and abuse of alcohol, again looking at the law and effects on the body.

2 – Relationships

This unit comes under the SRE guidelines and focuses on different types of relationships. It begins the discussion surrounding sexuality, consent and the components of a healthy and unhealthy relationship. It also discusses strategies for dealing with and getting out of unhealthy or abusive relationships.

3 – Careers and Aspirations

This unit gets the students to start thinking about their future. In my school students make their GCSE choices in Y9, so we also cover the options process and what sort of questions they need to find answers to before they choose their subjects. The first part of the unit however focuses on the connection between personality and career choice as well as getting the students to do research into a career that they are interested in.

4 – British Society

This unit of work falls more under Citizenship than PSHE but also covers the British Values. In it the students will learn about different political systems, different voting systems and how the system in the UK works. This will then lead on to a piece of group project work where the students will create political parties and run for office – the fictional School President.

5 – Human Rights and Discrimination

In this unit the students will be looking at the history of Human Rights and why we have them. They will also look at cases where human rights may have been violated and discuss them. In the second half of the unit the students will be looking at different types of discrimination and how to identify and combat them.

Year 9

1 – E-safety and Digital Citizenship

In this unit students will revisit ways of keeping themselves safe online and when using social media, but it will also go one to talk about sexting, grooming and long term consequences of online behaviour. It will also look at cyber bullying and its consequences for both victim and perpetrator.

2 – Consent, Conception and Contraception

In this unit the students will be focusing on intimate relationships and in particular when is the right time to become intimate and how to stay safe when getting intimate. There is particular focus on the concept of and law around consent. This scheme includes the Condom Demonstration as well as use of a placebo Contraception kit, however these are both optional.

3 – Welcome to the Real World

Welcome to the Real World is a financial literacy unit based on the Real Game program. In it the students look at the link between qualifications, jobs and lifestyle. The students are give a job role from which they construct a lifestyle which includes groceries as well as housing, transport and luxury items. It will develop the students budgeting and numeracy skills.

4 – Moral Thinking

This unit really gets the students thinking about their own values and decision making skills. It uses thought experiments to challenge the students values and ideas, in particular using the Armageddon thought experiment to consider not just their own values but the wider community’s needs.

Key Stage 4

Year 10

1 – Drugs and Alcohol

This unit recaps some of the earlier elements of drugs education that students will have covered in Key Stage 3, however it looks in more depth at the effects of taking drugs and withdrawal as well as discussion surrounding the issue of decriminalisation and legalisation of drugs.

2 – Crime and Criminality

This unit is split into 2 sections. The first looks at Crime and criminality in the UK. It includes the difference between criminal and civil law, the Criminal justice system and what happens if you are arrested and the prison system in the UK. The second half of the unit looks at terrorism, what it is, different forms, why people join extremist groups and what to do if you are caught in a terrorist attack.

3 – Relationship and Sex

In this unit, the students will be looking at some of the more controversial elements of RSE. The unit consists of 5 learning phases, looking at students thoughts on what should be included in RSE, issues surrounding parenting including options for unplanned pregnancy and parental rights, recaps on contraception, consent and healthy relationships, STI’s, and pornography.

4 – Life in the real world

This unit builds on what students have learnt in the ‘Welcome to the Real World’ in year 9 but it is not necessary to have completed the year 9 unit to do the year 11. In this unit students will be given a role to play and will learn how to create and CV, write a Cover letter and application form. Once given a job or unemployment the students will need to create a lifestyle that fits both their personal circumstance and job role.

Paper Copies

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From our 2019 report

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