PSHE and Citizenship at Sir Thomas Rich's

PSHE - Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education - is fundamental to the growth and progression of young people in this fast-paced world.

PSHE covers many aspects about life and society. The subject aims to be thought provoking and strives to equip young people with a range of skills and knowledge which will allow them to make sensible decisions in this ever-changing world. The three main areas taught in PSHE are: physical and mental well-being, relationships and sex education and living in the wider world.


Key Stage 3 - Years 7, 8 & 9

Teaching Arrangements: Year 7 classes have two 60-minute period lessons a fortnight. Year 8 and 9 classes have one 60-minute period lesson a fortnight.
Topics Covered:
Year 7
  • Rules and rights
  • Puberty and reproduction
  • Nutrition and health
  • Cyber safety and online grooming
  • Identity
  • Healthy friendships and bullying
  • Healthy relationships and family life
  • Knife crime and county lines
Year 8
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Difference and diversity
  • Prejudice and discrimination
  • Addiction: gambling and gaming
  • Future careers and ambitions
Year 9
  • Consent and sexual abuse
  • Contraception and STIs
  • Domestic abuse
  • Gender identity
  • Pornography and body image
  • Self-harm
  • Physical and mental well-being

Teaching Arrangements: Students have two 60-minute periods a fortnight of Religious Studies and PSHE is taught in the final seven weeks of the Summer Term within these lessons.
Topics Covered:
Year 10
  • Religious Studies
  • Extremism, tolerance and radicalisation
  • Female genital mutilation (FGM)
  • Forced marriage and honour-based violence
  • Consent and healthy relationships
  • Contraception and safer sex
  • Money management