Life Skills Education (PSHCE) 

Subject Leader: Mrs M Sutcliffe 


“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically.  Intelligence plus character  that is the goal of true education.”  – Martin Luther King Jr. 

Life Skills Education (PSHCE) helps students to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes that they need to flourish as individuals, family members and as members of their community.  It helps to keep students healthy and safe, as well as preparing them for life and work in modern Britain.  Students are given the space and freedom to investigate, question and evaluate different subject matter in a safe learning environment.  

In Life Skills Education students are given the opportunity to explore a wide breadth of topics, all delivered by trained specialists.  Students will explore issues surrounding being safe online, what does a healthy relationship look like, how do we look after our mental health, through to learning about British Values and what a wage slip looks like.  Helping to equip students with the tools needed to navigate their lives in a complex world.  Lessons are also taught within the context of Catholic Church teachings. 

Life Skills Education follows subject content set out by government statutory guidance: 

  • Physical Health and Mental Wellbeing education 
  • RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) 
  • CIAEG (Careers Information, Advice and Educational Guidance) 
  • Citizenship Education 

All students take part in weekly 25 minute Tutorial sessions to enhance their Life skills Education.  Students will explore the subjects listed above but also have opportunities to explore, discuss and debate current affairs in our society and world. 


Key Stage 3 

At Key Stage 3 students receive one hour a fortnight of Life Skills education.  Students also have access to three Drop Down Days a year.  Students will compete the following Life Skills Education modules: 

Year 7 

  • Module 1 – Health and Wellbeing:  Drugs educationsmoking and alcohol lawsInternet safetyHealth education (including puberty, dental and mental health). 
  • Module 2 – Careers Education:  Exploring skills, future aspirationsGender discrimination in the workplace. 
  • Module 3 – RSE:  Relationships, respect, friendships and expectationsBullying, including cyber bullying and where to gain support. 
  • Module 4 – Citizenship:  The role of parliament, law making, justiceFinancial education: spending and ways to spend, how to use a bank account. 

Year 8 

  • Module 1 – Health and Wellbeing:  Drugs education (classifications, risks to mental health, and laws)Body image and supportManaging stress and fitnessThe importance of sleep. 
  • Module 2 – Careers Education:  Successful interpersonal and communication skillsEntrepreneursWorking life, managing a budget. 
  • Module 3 – RSE:  Relationships, and dealing with relationship breakdownsPersonal safety, FGM and online behavioursCommitted relationships, including different types and fertility. 
  • Module 4 – Citizenship:  British ValuesMaking an impact on politics, pressure groupsFinancial educationsavings and borrowing. 

Year 9 

  • Module 1 – Health and Wellbeing:  Drugs, physical and mental dangers of illegal drugs, psychoactive substances, DNP and steroidsCurating an online image and the impact of FOMO (fear of missing out). 
  • Module 2 – Careers Education:  Future career planning and ways into workGCSE options. 
  • Module 3 – RSE:  LGBTQ+ and respectLaw on consent and sexual relationshipsFamily planning, parenting skills, pregnancy and contraception. 
  • Module 4  Citizenship:  Community cohesion and diversityHuman rightsElectoral processesFinancial education, wages, pay slips, National Insurance and Tax. 


Key Stage 4 

Students in Year 10 are are provided Life Skills education within the Religious Studies curriculum and have access to three Drop Down Days a year.  Year 11 students take part in one Drop Down Day for CIAEG.  In Year 10, students will compete the following Life Skills Education modules: 

  • Module 1 – Health and Wellbeing:  Physical health, vaccinations and anti-vaccinationDrugs education, alcohol, the physical and mental harms and harm reductionOnline safety, grooming awareness, social gaming and gambling dangersMental health support, coping with grief and bereavement. 
  • Module 2 – RSE:  Trust in relationshipsGangs and where to gain supportDealing with romantic relationship break upsSexual media and the law, how to keep safeUnwanted attention and the lawAlcohol; risky behaviour and keeping safe.