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Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education (PSHE) Years 7 to 13

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

PSHE at Enfield County School for Girls teaches our pupils to become responsible citizens; developing their skills both morally and socially to enable them to lead happy, healthy and fulfilled lives.

Our curriculum follows the statutory Department for Education guidance which came into effect in September 2020. This guidance makes it compulsory for all schools to teach sex and relationship education (SRE) as well as health and well-being. Our PSHE policy explains how we do this.

PSHE education is about teaching pupils to make informed and safe decisions and encouraging them to take responsibility for their own lives and their communities. We want our young people to leave school with an understanding and awareness of British society including aspects of political, legal and economic systems. 

PSHE is embedded throughout the curriculum as well as delivered in Personal Development lessons (PD), form time, assemblies and sometimes through visiting speakers, workshops and theatre performances. Our aim is that Personal Development is interesting and informative and something that will enhance the lives of all our students, helping them thrive in modern Britain and the wider world.


Year 7

Students have weekly lessons Personal Development lessons which begin in the Autumn term. Students complete a scheme of work based on friendship which enables them to settle in to secondary school and make friends.

Following on from this, through the year students will work on various topics including: British values, Diversity and Identity, Puberty, Health and Body Image, Mindfulness and Personal Finance.

Year 8 

In year the PSHE curriculum is delivered throughout form time and assemblies. Topics covered include; Well-being and Mindfulness and Positive Friendships.

Students in year 8 often have a visiting theatre performance or workshop. The themes of these vary but previous topics have included; Healthy Relationships, E-Safety and Cyberbullying and Mental Health.

Year 9 

Students receive fortnightly Personal Development lessons.

The topics explored in lessons include:

Body image, Relationships and Sex education, Positive relationships, Cybercrime and Money matters.

In the Spring term students have the chance to watch a Forum theatre play and take part in a workshop. This workshop will be on Relationships and Sex education.

In the Autumn term Year 9 students have the opportunity to take part in the annual Citizenship Foundation Magistrates competition. Students are interviewed for roles including lawyers, magistrates, ushers, legal advisor, witnesses and even the defendant.

Once a legal team has been selected they practise to compete in a competition with other schools, whilst learning about the various elements of the legal field.

We have always performed really well in this competition, winning our local heat for the past 3 years, the regional heat for the last 2 years.


At KS4 all students have fortnightly Personal Development (PD) lessons. Personal Development covers the Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) curriculum as well as the statutory Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) curriculum. We also cover other statutory elements such as well-being and careers education.

At KS4 students also develop a great understanding of current affairs, the news and the wider world; this is delivered through form time activities, assemblies and through wider learning opportunities. All departments contribute to the PSHE curriculum and PD lessons are taught by a range of teachers allowing students to benefit from a range of experience. Staff are trained and supported to teach PD and they see it as a valuable part of the curriculum.

At KS4 students learn to become engaged and active citizens and how to make their way in British society. PD helps our students develop their social, spiritual and cultural education, giving them skills which will help them to make better choices and have more freedoms as they make their way in the world.  

PD at KS4 is about enabling our students to take responsibility for their own lives and their communities. We want all students at Enfield County School for Girls to leave school with an understanding of the legal and economic functions of adult society, as well as the social and moral awareness to thrive in it.


Year 10

Year 11

Throughout the year students will work on various topics including: social harmony, drug education, religion and digital awareness.


Topics such as honour based abuse, FGM and extremism will be covered sensitively.

Emotional well-being and coping strategies  are also taught.

At the beginning of Year 11 the focus is on post 16 choices, careers, CV preparation and preparing for the world of work.                                                                            Students will also cover other topics including: financial capability, female empowerment and discrimination.

Topics such as bullying and sexual harassment are covered in detail.

Revision strategies, exam stress and preparation are covered throughout the year



At KS5, PSHE is delivered through daily 20min form time sessions with a specialised form tutor:


Year 12

Year 13

Autumn Term 1

Induction Resources

Vision:  Thinking about career and life goals

UCAS Preparation

UCAS Applications

Autumn Term 2

Managing mental health:  understanding effort, workload and effective study

Media literacy and digital resilience

November PPEs

Managing mental health:  understanding effort, workload and effective study

Exam Skills

November PPEs

Spring Term 1

CV writing and work experience

Self-concept and sexual health


Further Education

Spring Term 2

The importance of professional conduct

Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco

Healthy Lifestyles

March PPEs

Leadership Skills

Preparing to Perfom

March PPEs

Summer Term 1                         

Beyond Post 16:

University Life


Financial choices and management

Revision in tutorials
Summer Term 2

UCAS Preparation

(Oxbridge Statements)

Leadership Skills



For more detailed information see our curriculum maps that have RSE 'mapped' throughout:

Our Curriculum Deputy Headteacher, Ms J Foster or our Senior Assistant Headteacher, Ms Scott will be happy to supply further detail and more information if required.

Please contact them at or telephone 020 8363 3030.