Hounsdown School - A Science College


PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education)

At Hounsdown School, we pride ourselves on ensuring all students have a diverse and well-balanced curriculum that helps to develop students social, emotional and mental health that will in turn help them to make more informed decisions, live healthy lifestyles and enter into safe relationships.


PSHCE at Hounsdown has been designed as a spiral-based curriculum that ensures knowledge and content are delivered in age and stage appropriate manner, and allows for knowledge to be revisited and built upon throughout the key stages.

The schemes of work (SOW) have been created using statutory government guidance but also to reflect issues that are affecting our school community locally, nationally and globally. As members of the PSHE Association, many of our lessons are created and designed using their guidance, and termly attendance at the HIAS PSHE Network meetings allows our staff to remain up-to-date with current changes in legislation and best practice within the subject area.

All students receive timetabled lessons:

  • 2x a fortnight for Year 7
  • 1x a fortnight for Years 8 to 10
  • 1x a fortnight for Year 11

What we cover

Topics and themes that are covered in the curriculum are complemented with specific and targeted tutor-time activities and assemblies throughout the year, as well as recognising specific days/weeks/months that the United Nations highlight to mark particular events or topics in order to promote, through awareness and action including Anti-Bullying Week, International Women's Day and Black History Month.

Use the headings below to see what topics are covered in each year...

Year 7

AUTUMN TERM (Resource booklets):

Mental health and wellbeing

  • Intro to PSHE
  • Healthy mind
  • Healthy body
  • Mindset
  • Mindset training
  • Determination
  • Overview

Rights and responsibilities

  • Rules
  • Human Rights
  • Taking responsibility
  • Local government
  • Who makes the decisions?
  • What makes a good citizen?
  • Identity and diversity
  • Assessment



Relationship and self

  • Growing up
  • Rethink Periods
  • Body image
  • Bullying
  • Spot the signs
  • How would you help
  • Relationships
  • Coping

The Real Game

  • Starting out
  • The Dream
  • What's my line?
  • After work
  • Fair play
  • What effects my choices
  • Assessment



Your Choice

  • Risky or not
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Energy drinks
  • Substances
  • Drugs or not drugs
  • Round up

Identity and culture (Currently being rewritten)

Year 8

AUTUMN TERM (Resource booklets):

Mental and physical health

  • What does it mean to be healthy?
  • Body health (Part 1)
  • Body health (Part 2)
  • Sugar
  • Healthy routines
  • Spot the signs
  • How would you help?



Relationship and Sex Education

  • Changes experienced during puberty
  • Menstrual cycle
  • Myths and taboos
  • Sexuality
  • Pornography
  • Relationships
  • Families
  • Delay training



Tolerance and respect (Currently being rewritten)

Year 9


Making informed choices

  • What are drugs?
  • Consequences of drugs
  • Physical and psychological effects of drugs
  • Smoking and vaping
  • Drugs and the law
  • Units and binge drinking
  • Cannabis




  • Peer pressure and sex
  • Introduction to contraception
  • STIs
  • Social media
  • Sexting
  • Domestic violence
  • Knife crime



Financial wellbeing

  • The world of work
  • Hopes and fears
  • Saving
  • Managing daily spending
  • Credit cards and loans
  • Unexpected changes to circumstances
  • Spending in the not so distant future

Year 10


Politics and economics

  • Ideologies
  • Democracy
  • Dictatorship
  • Theocracies
  • Understanding and preventing extremism
  • How can language divide us?
  • How can people's actions be affected?



Personal wellbeing and relationships

  • Self-image and confidence
  • Mental health
  • Sex and the legal age of consent
  • Flirting or sexual harassment
  • Pornography and its impact
  • Teenage pregnancy
  • Abortion



Human Rights  

  • What are Human Rights
  • What is the UN
  • Torture
  • What is genocide
  • Confronting hate
  • Hotel Rwanda

Year 11


Mental health and wellbeing

  • How can we help
  • Personal statements
  • How to recognise depression
  • How to recognise anxiety
  • Why is self-esteem important
  • What is mindfulness



Pregnancy and parenting

  • Long term commitments
  • Legal status of marriage
  • How to maintain a healthy, happy marriage
  • Pregnancy and early years
  • Parenting (Part 1)
  • Parenting (Part 2)
  • Fertility and miscarriage



Economy and finance

  • Money personality
  • Interest rates
  • Cost of living inflation

Theme Days also take place once a term and aim at enhancing the delivery of the PSHCE curriculum even further, through the use of specialist Hounsdown School staff, and reputable external organisations that we have developed close working relationships with.

PSHCE Student Voice 

Throughout the academic year there are opportunities for students to become involved in our 'Student Voice'. This gives them the space to review our curriculum and have their say on topics they believe should be prioritised and areas that could improved.

RSE (Relationships and Sex Education)

RSE is taught as part of the PSHCE curriculum programme. It is taught to mixed sex and ability groups and incorporates the Department for Education (DfE ) statutory guidance on relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education.

Information regarding upcoming Theme Days, bespoke assemblies or tutor-time activities that focus on RSE will be communicated home via ParentMail to ensure that as parents / carers, you are able to find out further information prior to delivery if you wish.

If you wish to discuss any aspects of the curriculum or specific content, please email the school at admin@hounsdown.hants.sch.uk, marking your email for the attention of the 'Subject Leader of PSHCE'.