Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship, Careers, Economic and Financial Education (PSHCCE) at Sacred Heart Secondary

At Sacred Heart Secondary we recognise that our students are growing up in a rapidly changing society and period of time. This can present our young people with a range of complex challenges and new opportunities.  We want our students to acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills to manage their lives, both now and in the future. To help students develop the qualities and attributes required for them to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society, we ensure each student has access to Personal, Social, Health, Careers, Citizenship and Economic Education (PSHCCE) as part of the taught curriculum.
PSHCCE Education helps all young people, from the highest achievers to those who may be vulnerable or feel excluded, to achieve their full potential.

Why is PSHCCE so important?

Because it:
  • promotes  independence and responsibility, preparing young people for future roles as parents, employees and leaders
  • helps to improve employability skills by developing the personal and social skills demanded by commerce and industry.
  • contributes to the health and wellbeing of individuals by encouraging individual responsibility for health and potentially reducing the cost to the National Health Service.
  • contributes to keeping our young people safety and well protected.
  • promotes opportunities for our young people to play a full and active part in society.

What does PSHCCE education provide for our young people?

Provision of opportunities to learn about:
  • Relationships: developing and maintaining positive relationships; dealing with negative relationships (which may include bullying and sexual violence) and developing effective communication skills.
  • Health: healthy lifestyles; healthy eating and exercise; mental and emotional health; drug, alcohol and tobacco education.
  • Personal finance: savings, debt management and budgeting.
  • Risk: how to deal with financial and career choices; personal safety; internet safety and violent incidents.
  • Career choices: enterprise, business, finance, aspirations and pathways.
  • Citizenship: Becoming a responsible citizen and being able to make informed decisions and form personal opinions about our Government and our world.

How does PSHCCE help to raise academic achievement?

It helps to address barriers that can prevent young people from learning.
Research shows that students are more likely to do well in their GCSEs if they:
  • believe in their own ability.
  • believe that events result primarily from their own behaviour and actions.
  • recognise that school is worthwhile. (Students might not always have a positive experience but can still understand that education is a very valuable experience.)
  • aspire to go into further/higher education or training.
  • avoid risky behaviour e.g. smoking, substance and drug abuse, anti-social behaviour, truancy and behaviour which may result in exclusion from school.
  • do not experience bullying.

What is actually taught during PSHCCE Education?

Like other subjects, PSHCCE education gradually builds key concepts and skills through topics that are relevant to a young person’s age and stage of development.
Our PSHCCE curriculum follows the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Citizenship and the PSHCE Association Programme of Study which is based on three core themes:
1. Health and Wellbeing (Relationships and Sex, Drugs and Health Education)
2. Relationships (Relationships and Sex, Drugs and Health Education)
3. Living in the Wider World (Citizenship, Careers and Economic and Financial Wellbeing Education)
The Relationships and Sex Education strand incorporates the three main elements of RSE-
  • attitudes and values
  • personal and social skills
  • knowledge and understanding ... all within the teachings of the Catholic Church.
To find out about our PSHCEE curriculum please click on the following links:

How is PSHCCE delivered?

  • PSHCCE is a non-statutory subject. However, the DFE has stated that 'All schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education, drawing on good practice'. 
  • The DfE have also published a guidance document on PSHE education, which states that:
  • ‘Schools should seek to use PSHE education 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, sex and relationship education (SRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.’ Citizenship remains a statutory National Curriculum Subject'
  • At Sacred Heart Secondary PSHCCE is delivered across the curriculum (as highlighted on the PSHCCE Subject Curriculum Map document) and more specifically on 6 dedicated PSHCCE mornings (as identified on the PSHCCE Curriculum Overview 2016-17).
  • All students are taught in mixed ability year group classes and the content is differentiated according to their PSHCCE learner type (See PSHCCE Assessment Criteria document). 
  • The staff belong to a specialist team and they participate in relevant CPD to ensure they are provided with upto date, relevant information. (Should you wish to see the specialist teams, please view the PSHCCE Teacher document link.)
PSHCCE and Learning Competences (linked to Rewards programme).
Throughout PSHCCE mornings, students will be encouraged to develop their learning competences.
The 7 learning competences are:
o   Faith In Action
o   Independent Learner
o   Team Learner
o   Reflective Learner
o   Creative Learner
o   Literate Learner
o   Numerate Learner
Students are rewarded for demonstrating that they have met a particular competence by receiving a stamp in their planner and a charity voting token. (For more information about Rewards at Sacred Heart Secondary, please view our Rewards programme page.)

How will PSHCCE be assessed?

All students will compile a PSHCCE portfolio throughout their time at Sacred Heart. They have a context sheet which outlines what they will study in each year. (To view these please click on the link for each PSHCCE Strand).
At the start of each PSHCCE education morning, each student will complete a KWL activity (What I know, What I want to know, What I Learned) to establish their starting point.  Throughout the morning, the document will be reviewed and students will add new learning to their document.
At the end of the morning, students will complete a reflection document in which they will focus on how they have developed their skills related to the session and the learning competences they were concentrating on.
The classroom teacher, at the end of the morning, will make a judgement about each student’s progress according to the Assessment Criteria (see the link Assessment Criteria in PSHCCE).  They will also make a judgement about each student’s attitude to learning and this will be visible on the tracking document each half term.  Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship, Careers, Economic and Financial Education (PSHCCE) at Sacred Heart Secondary.