‘Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education is a school subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.’ PSHE Association, 2019

We may have different religions, different languages, different coloured skin, but we all belong to one human race. We all share the same basic values.’ Kofi Annan

‘We ourselves feel that what we are doing is a drop in the ocean. But the ocean will be less because of that missing drop.’
Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta

At Holy Trinity we run a Personal and Social Development Programme (PSD), which compliments the work we do with British Values, SMSC and Careers education. Pupils have the opportunity to explore a range of topics including:

  • Relationships, including friendship and being able to recognise healthy and unhealthy relationships
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Substance abuse
  • Gangs and Knife crime
  • Radicalisation and extremism
  • Staying safe online
  • Use of social media including CSE and online grooming
  • Mental Health awareness and body image
  • Careers, ambitions and raising aspirations

PSD is divided into two main categories:

1. Health well-being and relationship, sex education
2. Living in a wider world.

These categories are from the PSHE Association Programme of Study to the New Statutory guidance on Health Education and Relationships – Updated July 2019 and the suggested Programme of Study for Core 1 and Core 2 PSHE Education Programme of Study October 2014. (Please see framework for further details on the breakdown of the topics.)

PSHE Association Programme of Study for PSHE Education  updated January 2020 (click here)

Educating pupils on the importance of positive self-esteem, self-worth and self-respect will aid pupils in their self-care routine as well as mirroring these attributes towards others. This will prepare pupils with the strategies and skills required in everyday life and beyond Holy Trinity.

From September 2021, all schools must deliver a curriculum that covers Relationships and Sex Education. The topics to be covered are:

Year 7:

  • Identity, rights and responsibilities
  • How to challenge stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination in the media
  • Signs and effects of bullying, including online bullying
  • Growing and changing, including puberty
  • Body image
  • Different types of relationships- recognising healthy and unhealthy relationships
  • Consent (personal belongings) and communicating assertively

Year 8:

  • Peer pressure and pressure from the Media
  • Respecting others and their beliefs- British Values and the Equality Act
  • Gender identity and sexual orientation
  • Positive healthy relationships
  • Forming new relationships
  • Consent and what the law states
  • Online safety: Sexting and the law around sharing images

Year 9:

  • Different types of relationships including relationships in the home
  • Managing change in the family unit including divorce, separation, loss and grief
  • Conflict and resolution
  • The law around sexual activity including consent
  • The portrayal of relationships in the media
  • Contraception and STI’s
  • Online safety- including sexting and what the law states

Year 10:

  • The Equality Act – valuing diversity
  • Staying safe online- challenging radical views and extremis
  • Safe relationships
  • Assertiveness and recognising unhealthy relationships
  • The portrayal of sex and relationships in the media- why might this this leave people vulnerable?
  • Consent, abstinence and celibacy- what the law states
  • Body image and how the media can influence this

Year 11:

  • Different family structures including adoption, fostering, parenthood and positive parenting qualities
  • Fertility and how it changes
  • Pregnancy, birth and miscarriage
  • Managing loss, grief and bereavement
  • Domestic violence including honour based violence and forced marriage- what the law states
  • Online safety

Our PSD programme is underpinned by our school ethos and values; all lessons are delivered in a safe learning environment and are age appropriate. As a school community, we are committed to working in partnership with parents and will therefore be holding a period on consultation during the summer term and before the programme is rolled out fully in September. 


Ms Hodson– SLT link for Personal and Social Development

Mrs R Wragg- Personal and Social Development lead

Mr P McCann

Miss K D’Angelo

Miss C French

Mr J Bennett

Mrs N Akhtar

Mr A Jambor

Mrs H Khalid

Mrs C McDonagh

Miss S Hobbs


Pupils will not be formally assessed in PSD but will be given an attitude to learning grade on their school reports. Throughout each lesson, pupils will be developing their presenting and debating skills via discussion on a variety of topics.

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