Personal, social, health, citizenship and economic education (PSHCE)

Personal, social, health, citizenship and economic education (PSHCE) is an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education. At CMCS we use a wide range of methods to deliver an innovative and progressive curriculum that reflects the needs of our pupils and community. Our approaches equip pupils with a sound understanding of risk and with the knowledge and skills necessary to make safe and informed decisions.

This section of the website and the video explains these delivery methods and the different aspects of PSHCE at CMCS.

Glossary of terms

The compulsory elements of PSHCE are:

  • relationships education (primary) – teaches the fundamental building blocks of positive relationships, focusing on friendships, family relationships and relationships with other peers and adults. Read more.
  • relationships and sex education (RSE) (secondary) – teaches the information needed to help develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds, not just intimate relationships. Read more.
  • health education (primary and secondary) – teaches pupils about physical health and mental wellbeing to give them the information that they need to make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing. It enables them to recognise what is normal and what is an issue in themselves and others, and, when issues arise, know how to seek support as early as possible from appropriate sources.
  • citizenship – is a required subject in the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3 (age 11-14) and Key Stage 4 (age 11-16). Citizenship helps children’s social development, enabling them to engage with others, develop their understanding of communities and society, and provides opportunities for responsible and active citizenship.
  • economic education learning that enhances personal skills and develops informed attitudes, in matters relating to the economy, the world of work and to business enterprise.

PSHCE at Carr Manor Community School

These approaches support young people to be happy, healthy and safe. They equip them for life as an adult in British society.

Personal Development Programme

The CMCS curriculum from Reception to Year 11 integrates areas such as personal, social, health, citizenship and economic education (PSHCE), careers, relationships and health and sex education. PDP lessons are taught in regular blocks and all lessons are age and stage appropriate.

Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance

This includes any activity that develops pupils’ understanding of pathways to further or higher education or possible careers. This may take the form of a PDP session, Coaching Plus, experiencing workplaces such as work experience in Year 10 and talks from external visitors.


Our small group (maximum 1:12), vertical pastoral system where children meet three times a week for check in (Monday), check-up/Coaching Plus or Assembly (Wednesday) and check-out (Friday). We spend 120 minutes in Coaching each week. Primary Phase groups include Reception – Year 5 and Secondary Phase are Year 6 – Year 11.

Coaching Plus

These are weekly timetabled sessions where two Coaching groups from the same House meet to address an age and stage appropriate PSHE topic. Primary Phase groups are Reception – Year 5 and Secondary Phase are Year 6 – Year 11.

House Assemblies

We have weekly assemblies that cover an age and stage appropriate PSHCE theme to pupils across the through school.

Meet Your Coach Day

MYCD’s are collapsed afternoons with meetings between a pupil, their family and the pupils’ coach, to discuss progress, personal development and wellbeing. Each year group has three of these across the academic year.

‘My Health, My School’ Survey

This is a pupil perception survey used yearly to ask pupils in years 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 & 11 a number of questions to generate vital information on the health and wellbeing of these individuals. The data provided allows us to tailor interventions to improve the lives of children for the future. The survey comprises of a range of questions on the following themes; All About Me; Healthy Eating; Physical Activity and Sport; PE in School; Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco; Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH); Sexual Health; My School.