Vision for PSCHE at Gaynes School

At Gaynes School, the aim is to ensure that the PSCHE programme helps students to lead confident and healthy lives both as individuals and as members of the wider community. We believe in a holistic education, experience and curriculum that ensure that our students are “rounded and grounded”. We recognise that the development of students, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally plays a significant part not only in their ability to learn and achieve but in their ability to relate fully to and have the ability to access the world they live in.

PSCHE gives students the opportunities to reflect on their experiences and how they are developing. Through work in lesson time and a wide range of activities beyond the curriculum including outside speakers, students gain practical knowledge and skills to help them live healthy lives and to deal with the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues they face as they approach adulthood.

The objectives of the PSCHE programme are:

  • To provide opportunities for students to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding that they need to lead confident, healthy, independent lives and become informed, active and responsible citizens.
  • To promote the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of individuals preparing them for later in life.
  • To help students to learn to understand and respect our common humanity, diversity and differences so that they can go on to form the effective, fulfilling relationships that are an essential part of life and learning, allowing them to develop tolerance, respect and sensitivity towards others.
  • To develop students’ confidence to discuss issues, share ideas and develop their own decision making strategies.
  • To develop personal autonomy by encouraging self -awareness, self-esteem and self–confidence.
  • To develop a clear understanding of personal safety and the management of risks.
  • To develop and build upon students’ current knowledge, understanding, skills, values and experiences.
  • To enable students to appreciate the concepts, knowledge and skills to be able to manage themselves successfully, their relationships, risks, challenges and opportunities, predictable and unpredictable, known and unknown that they may encounter.

PSCHE – Topic Summary

The specific units that are followed in each year group are:

Year 7 – Settling in, getting to know the tutor group/school, managing time, dangers of smoking/alcohol, British Institutions – Parliament and its history, the BBC and the NHS.

Year 7 PSCHE Overview

Year 8 Safety, Relationships, Healthy Eating, Benefits of exercise, awareness of drugs, British Institutions – Parliament and its history, the electoral system and advantages/disadvantages of First Past The Post.

Year 8 PSCHE Overview

Year 9 – Different types of learning, how students themselves learn, skills related to jobs, internet safety, Options, The EU, its impact upon Britain and Britain’s role within it, Prejudice/discrimination and Female Genital Mutilation.

Year 9 PSCHE Overview

Year 10 – Looking forward to GCSE’s, different types of learning, revision skills, the law related to smoking, UN – its impact upon Britain and Britain’s role within it, The Glorious Revolution (Bill of Rights), the Magna Carta, concept of National Insurance and the Birth of Trade Unions. We also look at Forced Marriages and Child Sexual Exploitation.

Year 10 PSCHE Overview

Year 11 – Time management, revision skills, CV’s, Female Genital Mutilation, SRE, STI’s and Mental Health Issues.

Year 11 PSCHE Overview


Useful Links

BBC – Learning Zone Broadband ClassBBC – Careers ToolboxBBC – CitizenshipChannel 4 – Life Stuff Handz onCitizenship studiesSafer InternetCEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection)The Parent ZoneChildline