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Head of Faculty: Mr Chris Young 

Head of PSHE and Careers: Miss Anna Starbuck  


About the Department 

PSHE education is part of the Global Faculty. As a Faculty we seek to develop the idea that our students are global citizens. Global citizenship is all about encouraging young people to develop the knowledge, skills and values they need to engage with the everchanging world. It is about the belief that we can all make a difference. 

The benefits are felt across the school and beyond. Global citizenship helps young people to: 

  • Build their own understanding of world events. 
  • Learn to communicate in languages other than their own 
  • Think about their values and what's important to them. 
  • Take learning into the real world. 
  • Challenge ignorance and intolerance. 
  • Develop an argument and voice their opinions. 
  • See that they have power to act and influence the world around them. 

Global Citizens learn about and are informed about the culture, beliefs, values, history and structure of the local, national and international communities they engage with. 


Curriculum intent 

Personal, Social, Health and Economic education plays directly into the development of our student’s understanding of Global Citizenship. PSHE looks at enabling students to continually develop their emotional literacy as well as understanding how to engage and be tolerant with others. We help students understand their personal wellbeing, values and power whilst encourage them to use it within society. PSHE provides students with the opportunity to discuss topical issues in a safe and cross-curricular environment.  

Across both KS3 and 4 these are the topics covered.  

Our approach

Taught during tutor time, across various subjects, and through 5 Drop-down Days, this content will be delivered by both the tutors and PSHE subject champions. The Drop-down days will include activities within school, trips to places of importance and interest, and external agencies providing training for our students.

Within the classroom each teacher will also develop their own ground rules with their class together to make sure all PSHE lessons are safe and effective.

We have designed our curriculum so that each half term students will have a thematic focus of either Spiritual, Moral, Social, Cultural or Economic, with the Drop-down Day matching that theme. This will be based off a key question that students will learn about for that half term. By using SMSC(E) as our themes this has enabled use to integrate elements of PSHE, Careers, Citizenship and Religious Education together. This gives our students to opportunity to broaden and develop their perspective on all elements which a required for being a Global Citizen.


Further information on SMSC(E)