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Personal, Social and Health Education - Year 9

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Below you will find more specific information about the curriculum in Personal, Social and Health Education for Year 9 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.

Subject Key Concepts

                 #1 Health and Well-being         #2 Relationships           #3 Living in the wider world      

Please click here for Subject Key Concepts.

Curriculum Overview for the Year




Being Me in My




Dreams and Goals

Healthy Me


Changing Me


Year 9 (13-14)

Perceptions about intimate relationships, consent, sexual exploitation, peer approval, grooming, radicalization,

county lines, risky experimentation, positive and negative self- identity, abuse

and coercion, coercive control

Protected characteristics, Equality Act, phobic and racist language, legal consequences of bullying and hate crime, sexism, ageism, positive and negative language, banter, bullying in the workplace, direct and indirect discrimination, harassment, victimisation. Prejudice, discrimination and stereotyping

Personal strengths, health goals, SMART planning, links between body image and mental health, non- financial dreams and goals, mental health and ill health, media manipulation,


anxiety disorders, eating disorders, depression.

Misperceptions about young peoples’ health choices, physical and psychological effects of alcohol, alcohol and the law, alcohol dependency, drug classification, supply and possession legislation, emergency situations,

first aid, CPR, substances and safety, sources of advice and support

Power and control in intimate relationships,

risk in intimate relationships, importance of sexual consent, assertiveness skills, sex and the law, pornography and stereotypes, contraception choices, family planning, STIs, support and

advice services

Mental health stigma, triggers, support strategies, managing emotional changes, resilience and how to improve it, reflection on importance of sleep in relation

to mental health, reflection

on body and brain changes, stereotypes


Human rights, societal freedom, understanding safety in UK and beyond, ending relationships safely, stages of grief, loss and bereavement, social media

and culture, use of online data, threats to online safety, online identity, assessing and managing risk


Equality including in the workplace, in society, in relationships. Equality and vulnerable groups. Power

and control


Impact of

physical health in reaching goals, relationships and reaching goals, work/life balance, connections and impact on mental health, benefits

of helping others, online profile and impact on future goals


Improving health, sexual health, blood-borne infections, self- examination, diet and long-term health, misuse

of prescription drugs, common mental health disorders, positive impact of volunteering, common threats

to health including chronic disease, epidemics, misuse of antibiotics

Organ donation

Stem cells


Sustaining long-term relationships, relationship choices, ending relationships safely, consequences of relationships ending e.g.

bullying, revenge porn, grief-cycle. Divorce and separation, impact of family breakup on children, understanding love, fake news

and rumour- mongering, abuse in teenage relationships. Legislation, support and advice


Impact of societal change on young people, role

of media on societal change, reflection on change so far and how to manage

it successfully, decision making, sexual identity gender, spectrum of sexuality, stereotypes

in romantic relationships, sexual identity and risk, family change, sources of support.

Useful documents:

Please click here for a PDF of a curriculum overview.

While this information covers a broad range of areas, please do get in touch with the Subject Leader Miss De Fraine 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. 

How will students learn at this level?

  • Group discussions
  • Role play and scripting
  • Watching demonstrations
  • ‘Hotseating’ 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?

  • Chemistry/Biology- understanding of how different substances affect the body.
  • Drama- role-playing activities, use of ‘characters’ to consider the emotions behind different situations.
  • Philosophy- Consideration of ethical situations relating to religious e.g. extremism and how this relates to British Values.

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

General Support:



Citizenship and British Values:



Careers and Ambitions:



Relationships and Sexual Education:




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.