Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education – Curriculum Intent

PSHCE at Arthur Terry primarily aims to support the safeguarding of our students and the values and ethos of the school.

Our curriculum incorporates RSE and Health Education, and through a spiral curriculum develops the knowledge and skills needed for students to lead confident, health and responsible lives. We seek to support our students personal development by:

  • Raising awareness
  • Promoting conversation
  • Signposting advice and guidance
  • Targeted support for vulnerable groups

This knowledge engaged curriculum is based on six key principles which endeavours to enrich cultural capital and foster a culture of learning independent through the ‘Arthur Terry Learner’ philosophy.

The six principles are:

  • British values and human rights
  • Responsibility and respect
  • Individual wellbeing and enrichment
  • Communities which are safe, happy and aspirational
  • Knowledge of how to keep safe, be healthy and seek advice

Curriculum Time

PSHCE is a statutory, but non-examined subject, delivered in a spiral curriculum to all students: one lesson per fortnight in all key stages. There are also workshops, presentations and assemblies organised for differing groups of students throughout the academic year. PSHCE content is also delivered through other curriculum subjects, most notably, Food Technology, PE, Science, Drama and IBEC (Religious Education). See PSHCE through the curriculum for more detail.

Curriculum Overview

PSHCE subject content is directed by the 2020 new statutory guidance on Relationships Education, Sex and Relationships Education (SRE) and Health Education. It is also reviewed and changed each year by the PSHCE lead teacher, according to the arising needs of our students and context. Areas covered within PSHCE cover three core themes: (i) health and wellbeing, (ii) relationships, and (iii) living in the wider world; and include learning about:

  • Drugs and Alcohol education
  • Personal health and safety
  • Healthy Lifestyles
  • Mental health
  • Body Image
  • Online Safety
  • Friendship and Bullying
  • Sex and relationships
  • Human Rights and Diversity
  • Personal Finance and Money
  • Careers

PSHCE also aims to support the development of the learning habits and attributes of the Arthur Terry Learner: Resilience, Active Approach to learning, Meta-cognition and Preparation.

Further Information

For more information please contact

Understanding Relationships, Sex and Health Education at your child’s secondary school: a guide for parents

Further Advice

Please see the following websites for further advice/guidance regarding the topics that we cover through our PSHE curriculum:


ATLP and Arthur Terry School Policies