PSHE Overview

Why do we study PSHE? 

The Citizenship and PSHE curriculum is intended to equip students with the skills needed to become life-long learners and active citizens in their community and the world we live in. The schemes of work have been planned in order to cover all aspects in the new Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education guidelines, giving students the breadth of understanding needed to move into the next stage of their lives as informed and as aware of their surroundings as possible.

The schemes of work also link to contemporary issues and discussions to ensure engagement and relevance to students in the modern world. It is intended that students learn how to be safe and healthy in a variety of aspects, and manage their social and academic lives in an increasingly complex world.

The curriculum has also been designed to incorporate a variety of skills that students need to develop to be successful not only in Citizenship and PSHE lessons and their future lives, but in other subjects at Ridgeway Secondary School. These skills will include the use of literacy and numeracy skills where possible, including the development of understanding articles in the media and the appropriate and sensible use of finances available to them. They will also include the ability to understand and critically evaluate current practices around the world, including different countries’ governmental roles in human rights and peace organisations, the work of charities in a range of topic areas, and how different types of governments uphold their laws and values. Furthermore, there will be a lot of coverage on physical and mental health and wellbeing. All of these skills will support students to access their curriculums in a range of subjects including Religious Education, Physical Education, History, Geography, and Science.

In Citizenship and PSHE, students are taught using a range of resources and take part in a wide range of activities. Students explore the subject through group work, a large number of group and class discussions, and examples of case studies to support their learning. All resources used in lessons, especially with topics such as Sex and Relationships Education are delivered in a factual and impartial way. Students use and develop a range of skills such as resilience, kindness, integrity, generosity, and honesty in their Citizenship and PSHE lessons. Student progress is facilitated through them studying a well-planned and exciting curriculum, and is measured through regular assessment for each topic studied. Individual student progress is continually assessed through teacher questioning and observation in the classroom.


At Key Stage 3 lessons will cover predominantly Citizenship topics as outlined in the National Curriculum. They are exposed to some PSHE through PD Days, tutor time activities, and a selection of their modules which are delivered alongside their Citizenship modules. This content leads them into exploring Key Stage 4 content with a well-rounded view of how to be a responsible citizen.


At Key Stage 4, the focus in all lessons, PD Days and tutor time is on PSHE and RSE content. This builds on from their understanding of being an active and responsible citizen which is developed throughout Key Stage 3. This content varies largely each term and is dependent on the year group, focusing on a specific aspect of the required content in the Department for Education’s RSE document.

Key messages in the RSE guidance are also re-enforced through tutor times, our assembly programme, and where relevant, Science and ICT lessons.