Personal, Social, Health Education – (PSHE)

Here at The Hollies we take great pride in addressing the issues that face young people today. All staff who deliver this subject have taken a great deal of time to discuss and plan what they feel is most appropriate and could be most helpful to our pupils.

The content of lessons is designed to encourage pupils to think openly and honestly about issues they may not have thought about before, and also issues that they may actually be experiencing in their everyday lives. At no point is any pupil expected to divulge anything they are uncomfortable talking about.

The teaching approaches to P.S.H.E. are those that embrace discussion, sharing opinions, encouraging disagreement, developing listening and understanding that we all have different points of view at times and that there isn’t always a right or a wrong way of seeing the world.

All pupils will experience lessons that cover three main themes: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and living in the Wider World.

The pupils will follow the pathways detailed below in the Spring term:

Key Stage 3

Years 7 & 8:

Health and Wellbeing

Pupils will explore the importance of a healthy lifestyle – diet and exercise. They will also look at immunisation and the role that barrier forms of contraception can play in preventing the spread of STDs.


Pupils will be working on the expectations they may have about having a girlfriend or boyfriend. We will be exploring key words associated with gender identity and sexual orientation and will also be looking at the damage done by using homophobic and transphobic language.

Living in the wider World

The pupils will be learning about profit and loss, the different types of businesses there are and they will also be encouraged to manage fictional financial decisions in real-life scenarios.

Year 9

Health and Wellbeing

We will be focusing on the safe use of prescription drugs, the risks of illegal drug use and how this affects people’s lives.


The pupils will be learning about what “consent” is and what it is not. We will be exploring emotional aspects of relationships and learning about how to keep themselves, and others, safe.

Living in the Wider World

There will be a focus on gambling and exploring how issues linked to money can become problematic and out of control.