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Personal, Social and Health Education - Year 8

Mathematics - Year 7

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Below you will find more specific information about the curriculum in Personal, Social and Health Education for Year 8 students, explaining to you what students will learn, when, why and how. There is also information about how parents/carers are able to support students in their learning, extra-curricular opportunities in this subject and how it links to other subjects and the wider world.

While this information covers a broad range of areas, please do get in touch with the Subject Leader Mrs Harper if you have any questions.

Please click on the questions below to find out more.

How are groups organised?

 We organise our classes by mixed ability. The students have one lesson per fortnight.

What characteristics does a successful student have in this subject?

 The most successful students in this subject will enjoy taking part in group discussions and will be keen to share their opinions on a range of topics. Successful students will also be able to present information in a range of interesting ways such as through presentations, role playing and posters.  

What are the key concepts students will study at this level?

  •  Rights and responsibilities
  • Communities
  • Discrimination
  • Addiction
  • Healthy/ Unhealthy Relationships
  • Financial Capability

What will students learn at this level?

Topic 1- Being… a Community

Students look at the concept of ‘community’ and think of the different types of communities they belong to on a range of scales. Students consider how some people (e.g. ethnic minorities, LGBTQ+) may experience prejudice and be discriminated against in society and how this can be prevented.

Topic 2- Being… Addicted

Students will consider the causes and consequences of a number of addictions on both the person addicted and their friends/family. Students look in detail at eating disorders by examining causes, symptoms and where to go for support.

Topic 3- Being… in a Relationships

Students will begin a series of age-appropriate RSE (Relationships and Sexual Education) lessons by exploring the importance of healthy relationships and what unhealthy relationships may look like, as well as how to help someone who may be in an unhealthy relationship. Students will investigate the risks associated with underage sex and the reasons why some people may choose to do it, as well as the risks associated with unsafe sex and how to minimise these risks.

Topic 4- Being… Money Smart

Students will begin to consider what a budget is, why a budget is important and how to make one. In order to become more familiar with some of the terminology surrounding this topic, students will discuss the different options available for people who have spent more money than they have and their relative merits and issues.

What skills will students develop at this level?

  • Effective participation in a group
  • Communication skills
  • Evaluative skills
  • Empathy
  • Problem Solving
  • Presentation Skills

How will students learn at this level?

  • Group discussions
  • Role play and scripting
  • Watching demonstrations
  • ‘Hot seating’ activities
  • Group presentations and watching others’
  • Whole class discussions
  • Use of photos and video clips

How will students’ learning be assessed at this level?

 All learning in PSHCEE is assessed continually through quizzes, discussions and other formative assessment techniques. There are no formal tests of assessed projects. 

When do key assessments take place?


How can parents/carers support students’ learning?

  • Encourage you to discuss what you have been learning about in lessons. Encourage you to seek further information about any topics you may have an interest in via the internet or other sources they have been directed towards.
  • Discuss your opinions on the topics you have been covering during lessons. 

What equipment do students need for this subject?

 Essential school equipment

How does this subject link to other subjects?

  • Geography- understanding of different communities around the world.
  • Philosophy- consideration of different religions’ opinions on relationships and sex.
  • Chemistry/Biology- understanding of how addictions and substances affect the body.
  • Drama- role-playing activities, use of ‘characters’ to consider the emotions behind different situations.

What websites or resources may be helpful to support students’ learning?

General Support:



Relationships and Sexual Education:




Money Smart:


What extra-curricular or enrichment opportunities are available for students in this subject at this level?

  • LGBTQ+ Alliance
  • School Council
  • Green Knights

What sort of careers can this subject lead to?

 As PSHCEE covers so many crucial life skills, it is essential for every career path! If you are particularly interested in the topics we discuss in these lessons, you may want to consider a future as a Social Worker or Counselling..?

What does student work look like in this subject at this level?


How does this subject support a broad and balanced curriculum, meeting the needs of all students, and developing traditional core skills?

Broad and Balanced:

Students receive the broadest possible curriculum with PSHCEE, and the subject is designed to cover ‘everything which is not taught in other subjects’. Students are taught the skills and knowledge to make them a more well-rounded and successful person in the wider community, not just within school. 

How does this subject promote creativity, critical thinking, practice, perseverance and resilience, and making links?


Students are encouraged at all times to present information or opinions in the most innovative and interesting way possible, whether this is as a poster, visual presentation or role-play. Students are encouraged to play to their strengths and choose the best option for them. 

How does this subject encourage enrichment and the development of cultural capital, deep learning, and inclusivity?

Substance/Deep Learning

Students complete a ‘spiral curriculum’ whereby each key topic (from the PSHE Association’s Scheme of Learning) is covered within each year group, but built on in an age-appropriate way to ensure learning is revisited and enhanced to create greater depth and breadth of understanding.