Welcome to the PSHE / RSE department


PSHE Personal, Social and Health Education / RSE – Relationships and Sex Education                                                                                                             

The personal and social development of our students is very important to us at The Bay CE School. We challenge every student to strive for the highest standards, not only academically, but also in their personal and social development.

In our Personal, Social, Health Education lesson, our students are provided with many opportunities to develop essential skills, knowledge and understanding, and to address attitudes and values, all of which are necessary to help students make sense of their life experiences and feel confident and informed now and in the future.  

This programme includes Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education.

Our objectives are such that each student is encouraged:

  • To develop self-esteem, confidence, independence and responsibility and to make the most of their abilities;
  • To play an active role as future citizens and members of society;
  • To develop a healthy lifestyle and keep themselves and others safe;
  • To develop effective and fulfilling relationships and learn to respect the difference between people.

All students follow a course in PSHE delivered by teaching staff and specialists and there are many other opportunities where students are able to develop and practise their personal and social skills. These include:

  • Informal times – before and after school, breaks and lunchtimes
  • During assemblies;
  • Being aware of the decision making processes through Student Voice;
  • Curriculum Enrichment opportunities, theme days, outside speakers;
  • Student Leadership, House reps and Captains, helping on reception duty;
  • Extra-curricular activities like the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and sports clubs.

We are committed to Personal, Social, Health Education because we know that the way students feel about themselves can have a significant impact upon their achievement, and by engaging our students in learning vital life skills we will equip them for their future away from The Bay CE School. 

Year 7:

Unit in specification Topic Brief Overview
Health and wellbeing Health and Wellbeing


Why it is important to stay healthy

Healthy Eating


Substance Facts The identification of Illegal drugs

The risks associated with energy drinks

The risks associated with tobacco

Living in the wider world E-Safety Protecting yourself online,

Cyber bullying


Brexit – The impact

Your values
Relationships Growing up What is puberty?

Personal hygiene

Positive relationships Positive and negative relationships

Bullying and peer pressure

The role of families

Year 8:

Unit in specification Topic Brief Overview
Health and wellbeing Our mental health Mental health and developing resilience

How to manage our feelings

How can we look after our emotional wellbeing?

Illegal drugs Illegal drugs, including classifications and laws

Case study about cannabis and whether it should be legalised.

The medical support needed if someone has taken drugs.

How to say no or manage a situation where you are offered drugs.

Living in the wider world Political parties Brexit – The impact
Your future and money matters
Relationships Preparing to have sex Choices around sex



Types of relationships Healthy and unhealthy relationships

Communicating with others about relationships

Marriages and commitment

Year 9:

Unit in specification Topic Brief Overview
Health and wellbeing Our health, our choices Body Image

Eating disorders and extreme eating

STI’s – Putting on condoms and having challenging conversations

The impact of addiction and drug misuse Alcohol

Over the counter drugs

Illegal drugs (psychoactive substances and nitrous oxide)

Living in the wider world The young at work

Wages and the law

Health & Safety at work

Brexit – The impact

Sexual Health The media and unrealistic expectations

Pornography and sharing images

Conception, pregnancy and birth

Negative relationships Transphobia, Homophobia and  Biphobia

Abusive relationships


Knife Crime

Year 10:

Unit in specification Topic Brief Overview
Health and wellbeing Mental health Facts and the perception of mental health

Safeguarding your mental health

Dealing with stress and anxiety


Substance abuse Habit and dependency

Consequences of substance misuse

The impact of second hand smoking

Making health risks including checking yourself for cancer

Living in the wider world Communities The Equality Act, hate crime and intolerance

Challenging discrimination

Extremism and cult recognition

Money Budgeting and the use of debit and credit cards

Responsible and ethical consumerism

Dealing with money stresses and pressures

Relationships Relationship qualities Positive relationship qualities including the positives of marriage

Exploitive relationships (this will include; control, manipulation, bullying, domestic abuse, rape and forced marriages)

Where and how to access support and help available

Sex in today’s society Sex myths, unrealistic imagery and gender double standards

Assessing readiness for sex through discussions about contraception and reminders about the age of consent

Handling unwanted attention and ending relationships

Year 11:

Unit in specification Topic Brief Overview
Health and wellbeing Risks Cosmetic procedures (tattoos, tanning lamps and piercings)

Substance use on future plans including job opportunities

The impact of lifestyle choices (such as on a developing foetus, STIs)

Living in the wider world Employability Skills and qualities employers wants

Business structures

Rights and responsibilities at work

Relationships Revision techniques  GCSE subject revision


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