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Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) can be defined as a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. As part of a whole school approach, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. Provision is based on three core themes: 1. Health and Wellbeing; 2. Relationships; 3. Living in the Wider World.

At Key Stage 3, pupils build on the skills, attitudes, values, knowledge and understanding they have acquired and developed during Key Stage 2. PSHE education acknowledges and addresses the changes that learners are experiencing, beginning with transition to secondary school, the challenges of adolescence and their increasing independence. It teaches the skills which will equip them for the opportunities and challenges of life. Pupils are encouraged to manage diverse relationships and the increasing influence of peers and the media. PSHE education allows them to be more confident in addressing the challenges of effective learning and making a full and active contribution to modern society.

In addition to the curriculum, assemblies, form time, extra-curricular activities, exchanges and visits, pupils at The Broxbourne School participate in PSHE activities across four collapsed timetable days interspersed throughout the academic year. A programme of visiting speakers and specialist agencies deliver sessions on a variety of topics, in addition to pupils visiting places of interest outside of the school environment.

KS3 PSHE Programme of Study 2018 - 2019

Itinerary for collapsed timetable days:



Wednesday 10th October 2018
  • Work shadowing

  • 'Connected Britain' - online safety awareness

  • Bullying and relationships

  • Mental well being: reshaping failure

  • Mental well-being: adopting healthy coping strategies

  • Tackling the issues of self-harm

Tuesday 5th February 2019
  • Knife crime, punishment and decision making

  • Fire safety

  • Dangers of smoking and alcohol abuse

  • Understanding puberty

  • First aid

  • Taste of languages

  • Drug and alcohol abuse

  • 'Wasted' - drug awareness

  • Careers education (University trip)

Wednesday 26th June and Friday 5th July 2019

(groups will alternate activities across the two days provision)

  • RE trip – Bhaktivedanta

  • Geography trip - Stratford Olympic Park

  • Sex and relationships

  • Body image and self-esteem

  • Body image and the media

  • Well being: healthy body, healthy mind

  • Fitness for life

  • STEM day

  • French culture

  • Tackling gang culture

  • Show racism the red card

  • Reducing and coping with anxiety

  • Water safety awareness

A number of additional sessions may be interspersed throughout the academic year, they could include:

  • Internet Safety – cyberbullying (Year 7)

  • 'Bin It' Roadshow - improving attitudes towards reducing litter (Year 7)

  • 'Off The Level' - A level crossing safety project (Year 7 and Year 8)

  • Internet Safety – child grooming awareness (Year 8)

  • Internet Safety – social media awareness (Year 9)

  • 'Brainwash’, Tackling Radicalisation (Year 9)

  • Tackling homophobia (Year 9)

  • Safeguarding children – Child Sexual Exploitation (Year 7, 8 and 9)

  • E-safety - privacy settings, grooming and sexting (Year 7, 8 and 9)

  • 'Breaking the Chain' - tackling knife crime (Year 8)