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Through PSHE at King Ethelbert School we aim to prepare students to be globally minded, caring citizens who make a positive difference to our world. 


Globally Diverse Ambitious for the Future Inquisitive Learners

The PSHE curriculum explicitly teaches students to:

  • Understand managing money and the importance of doing so in the future.
  • Understand the concept of tolerance and how to demonstrate that characteristic in themselves.
  • Understand and celebrate British values. 
  • The concept of multiculturalism and its benefits to the wider world.
  • To understand and explore the concepts of diversity, community, the study of ethics, fake news, and so on. 

Students are offered the opportunity to hear from external visitors at year 10 employability day, during careers week and through work experience at Year 10 and Year 12.

The CEIAG programme runs within the PSHE curriculum so that students are explicitly supported with:

  • Understanding the next steps available to them

  • Applying for suitable next steps

  • Discussing options with those in similar roles

All lessons encourage students to develop their curiosity through the overarching question or topic. Examples of these are:

  • Why is risk taking and decision making important?
  • What is sexual harassment?
  • What are the rights and responsibilities of a global citizen?
  • What skills are employers looking for?

PSHE Learning Journey

PSHE Learning Journey

Key Stage 3

Students build on the knowledge and understanding, skills, attributes and values they have acquired and developed during primary school. PSHE acknowledges and addresses the changes that young people experience beginning with transition to secondary school, the challenges of adolescence and their increasing independence. It teaches them knowledge and skills which will equip them for the challenges and opportunities of life.

Students learn to manage diverse relationships, their online lives and the increasing influence of peers and the media. Students follow the NCFE framework.


Key Stage 4

Students deepen their knowledge and understand and further explore attitudes, values and attributes acquired during key stage 3. PSHE reflects the fact that students are moving towards an independent role in adult life, taking on responsibility for themselves and others. Students’ knowledge on the three units covered in key stage 3 is extended. Students are encouraged to develop their self confidence and self esteem through education about mental health and how this can be affected by both internal and external influences. They are taught how to manage their lives in a balanced and healthy way. Students further explore relationships by looking at sexual health, positive relationships, consent and relationship values. Students are further taught about choices and pathways available to them after school and how to prepare for the world of work. They become digitally literate and socially responsible students, who are resilient and confident of their place in the world.


Key Stage 5

By the end of KS5, many young people will leave home for the first time and live independently, possibly in distant locations. There is a balance throughout this programme of study between preparing students to manage their current lives and laying the foundations for managing future experiences.

This key stage represents our last opportunity to ensure that students have the knowledge and understanding, skills, strategies and attributes they need for independent living and the next stage in their education or career.