Head of PSHCE department – Miss D Hooper


At Edward Peake Middle School, personal, social, health and citizenship education (PSHCE) enables our children to become healthy, independent and responsible members of a society. It aims to help them understand how they are developing personally and socially, and tackles many of the moral, social and cultural issues that are part of growing up. We provide our children with opportunities for them to learn about rights and responsibilities and appreciate what it means to be a member of a diverse society. Our children are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.

We believe that the purpose of PSHCE education is to build, where appropriate, on the statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum, the basic school curriculum and in statutory guidance on: drug education, financial education, citizenship, personal safety, relationship and sex education (RSE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.

At Edward Peake, we believe that PSHCE plays a vital part of education and needs to be taught weekly. This enables staff to ensure full coverage of PSHCE (including RSE) is taught to each year group. PSHCE is integral to the development of children’s values in order for them to become a positive citizen in a forever changing community. PSHCE is also an important part of collective worship, where children’s spiritual, moral, social and cultural curiosity is stimulated, challenged and nurtured.


The intention of our curriculum is to provide a broad, balanced and knowledge rich education which ensures each and every child can fulfill their potential by offering challenging and engaging learning experiences with Christian values at their heart. 

Our main aims are to:

  • Develop independent, confident and successful learners
  • Ensure pupils are prepared for the next stage of their education
  • Broaden pupils’ horizons through developing the knowledge, skills and attributes to manage life’s challenges. 
  • Develop an understanding of self and the importance of physical and mental wellbeing.
  • To support pupils in recognising risky behaviours.


Pupils are encouraged to broaden and deepen knowledge whilst showing a positive attitude to learning. The intent is implemented predominantly through subject leaders who structure and deliver progressive learning within their subject area.

  Independent, confident & successful learners Pupils are prepared for the next stage of their education Broaden pupils’ horizons
In the classroom

Quality first teaching

Challenging activities

Broad & balanced offering

Subject specialist teaching.

Intervention strategies & support.

Sequenced learning with prior learning revisited & built upon.

Careers programme

Development of pupils’ cultural capital through celebration of diversity & multiculturalism.

Discussion opportunities to support curriculum content covered in lessons.

Out of the classroom

Appropriate & challenging home learning.

Access to online resources & knowing where & how to get support.

Close links with feeder lower schools & upper schools

Visits from members of the wider community & world of work.

Staff CPD on recent changes to the curriculum.

Opportunities to contribute to the school community.

Pupil voice contributes to understanding of how communities & society works.


Pupils achieve academically, are ready for their next steps in education and have high aspirations for their future.

  Independent, confident & successful learners Pupils are prepared for the next stage of their education Broaden pupils’ horizons

Pupils are able to question confidently & support their responses.

KS2 pupils attain broadly in line with national averages, given their starting points.

Progress across the four years is at least good.

Pupils are prepared to move from one year group to the next.

KS3 pupils are secondary ready.

Pupils have high aspirations for their future.

Pupils are prepared for the wider world.

Pupils extend their cultural capital.

Pupils will have a greater appreciation of the world as a community & the diversity within it.

Pupils will be able to reflect on their decisions & the impacts they may have.

PSHCE & RSE Guide For Parents

PSHCE Progression

Relationships & Sex Education Policy

The Tenner Challenge