PSHE, RSE and Citizenship

Personal, Social, Health Education
Relationships and Sex Education

Curriculum Leader: Miss C. Robinson



Curriculum Intent

PSHE, RSE and Citizenship aim to encourage all students to grow, develop and flourish into confident and positive citizens of the future, as individuals and as members of families and communities. It encourages and equips students with the knowledge and skills to make decisions that contribute to healthy and balanced lifestyles, positive relationships, economic well-being, the achievement of aspirations and their involvement and impact within the wider community.

Curriculum Implementation

PSHE, RSE and Citizenship are delivered to all year groups in an age-appropriate and sensitive manner. Whilst the context of our school influences the curriculum we deliver, the topics we cover also follow national guidance. Most topics are visited a number of times throughout a pupil’s school life. Visits from external agencies provides a depth and breadth of coverage that is invaluable and we encourage external visitors or external visits whenever possible.

PSHE, RSE and Citizenship are taught through weekly lessons, sessions and workshops, during extended form times, and are embedded throughout the wider curriculum.

The topics covered are:


•           Health and Well Being

•           Mental Well Being

•           Internet Safety and Harms

•           Physical Fitness and Health

•           Healthy Eating

•           Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco

•           Health and Prevention

•           Basic First Aid

•           The Changing Adolescent Body

 Sex and Relationships

•           Families

•           Respectful Relationships and Friendships

•           Online and Media

•           Being Safe

•           Intimate and Sexual Relationships (Including Sexual Health)


•           Democracy, Government, Rights and Responsibilities

•           The British Political System and Democracy

•           Other Political Systems

•           The Electoral System

•           The Liberties of the citizens in UK

•           Diversity in the UK

•           The British Justice System

•           Public Institutions and Voluntary Organizations

•           Local, Regional and International Governance including the Commonwealth, the United Nations and the Wider World.

•           Human Rights and International Law

•           Money Matters 

Curriculum Impact

PSHE and RSE at Bishop Rawstorne are implemented in a way that allows students to discuss challenging material sensitively and allows our young people to grow and develop as individuals, as members of families, and as members of social communities. They are subjects that we regard as invaluable as they equip our students with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive, fulfilled, capable and responsible lives. PSHE education enables our students to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes, and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.

Citizenship allows students to consider how we live together in our communities and about how we ‘get on' locally, nationally and globally. It is about ensuring that everyone has the knowledge and skills to understand, engage with and challenge the main pillars of our democratic society - politics, the economy and the law. Our aim through Citizenship is to develop well-informed, educated citizens with the confidence and appetite to take part in society; to question injustice and to drive change. In essence, the best way to guarantee a brighter future for all is to create a society in which we all understand our rights and responsibilities and in which everyone is equipped, and ready, to play an active part.

We measure impact and progress in several different ways, for example through self and peer assessment, student voice, staff feedback, feedback from external visitors and ultimately, the behaviour and well-being of our young people during their time in school.

Careers and Progression

PSHE, RSE and Citizenship are subjects that greatly contribute to the achievement of students’ aspirations, equipping them with the skills and knowledge to go on to further study or the workplace. These subjects help to enable young people to flourish into well-rounded citizens, who can play an active role in society.