PSHE (personal, social, and health education)

Our Vision

PSHE (personal, social, and health education) is an integral part of the school’s curriculum. The content of the subject allows pupils to explore different topics and issues that they might encounter in life. Pupils are given the space and freedom to investigate, question and evaluate different subject matter. As well as developing skills and knowledge to stay healthy and safe throughout life. The department works hard to guarantee that pupils are taught high-quality lessons that are well resourced, engaging and interesting. We strive to create a safe learning environment whereby pupils are given the freedoms to explore different topics and to raise questions if they are unsure.

Key Stage 3

During Key Stage Three pupils will cover subject matter that is part of their compulsory PSHE education (relationships education) which includes three main elements: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world. Each year of the Key stage will build upon topics covered in previous years; for example in Year 7 pupils will explore the value of friendships, dealing with emotions, on line safety. Year 8 pupils will cover topics of the importance of having a positive body image and self-esteem, managing peer pressure and Year 9 pupils will explore relationship themes that  include topics on staying safe and healthy, equality in society for different types of relationships (including LGBT+ rights) and topics on consent, contraception and STI awareness. Pupils also cover topics in health and wellbeing education; throughout Key Stage Three pupils look at health issues surrounding smoking & alcohol, issues with the use of Cannabis and the law regarding the re-classification through to looking at drug classification (Misuse Drugs Act 1971).

Key Stage 4

All pupils in in Key Stage Four will continue to study PSHE as a core subject. They will continue to develop their PSHE knowledge by exploring different topics of health and wellbeing; looking at the dangers of classified drugs, what is addiction and how can people be supported through rehabilitation. Pupils will also continue to learn topics in their compulsory relationships education; looking at the consequences of risky behaviour, looking at emotions and dealing with relationship challenges through to the portrayal and dangers of sexuality in the media.
Miss M Durkin

Curriculum Leader

Miss H Clayton

Exam specifications

RSE Curriculum 

RSE is taught as part of the RPSE curriculum at Holmfirth High School. Our teaching will build on the knowledge acquired at primary and develop further pupils’ understanding of health, as well as introducing knowledge about intimate relationships and sex.

The curriculum at Holmfirth High School follows the 2020 Statutory Guidance and aims to give pupils a thorough education in issues relating to: healthy relationships; sexual and intimate relationships; mental and physical well-being; personal attributes, self-esteem and respect; rights and responsibilities and the laws relating to all of the above.

All content taught is age-appropriate and builds on prior knowledge and learning. Pupils will be able to make clear links between topics and articulate their ideas clearly using appropriate and subject specific language, both orally and in written work.

The statutory elements of the PSHE Curriculum as outlined by the government are: relationships education; relationships and sex education; health education.

The full guidance can be found here on the Government website.

*Laws surrounding; marriage, consent, violence against women and girls, online behaviour, pornography, abortion, sexuality, gender identity, exploitation, extremism and hate-crime are included in teaching as and when appropriate.

** FGM is delivered to Year 8 pupils as a drop down curriculum.

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