PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic education)

PSHE education contributes to personal development by helping pupils to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help pupils to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives.

PSHE Association, PHSE Education Programme of Study October 2014.

Qualities of a Blundellian

Making the right decisions

The PSHE Program is constantly evolving, to draw together all elements of our students’ lives at Blundell’s including:

  1. Character development
  2. Knowledge and skills
  3. Building on Experiences

Students in years 7-11 have one dedicated lesson each week, which provide a safe environment in which students can expand their understanding and knowledge, by exploring, investigating and learn about life beyond Blundell’s.

The Sixth Form have a PSHE lecture slot once every half term where pertinent issues are raised by keynote speakers or workshops, such as pornography, gambling, sexual health, safe driving, mental health, and global issues.

The aim is to give the students the information and confidence to make the right decisions for themselves. To stand up for themselves to say yes, no or not yet; to take responsibility for themselves; and to promote social justice and sustainability.

As they learn new facts, they are encouraged to increase their skill sets (e.g. researching, debating, presenting, team work, decision making), to draw on their own experiences, and put new found knowledge into a wider context. We want them to challenge norms, to ask why, and to look after each other. Cultural differences, bias and pre-conceptions can be identified and unravelled.

PSHE topics develop through the year groups and are chosen based on risks, issues faced in houses, our knowledge of issues young people and their families face through growing up, and current issues in the wider world.

PSHE topics are timetabled to complement work done within the examined subjects, the Tutor Programme and international festivals or events.

We welcome input and feedback from students and parents/guardians to keep our programme relevant and current.

Topics include:

  1. Personal wellbeing
    1. Self-awareness, identity and emotions
    2. Relationships - friends and family
    3. Gender and Sexuality
  2. Social education
    1. Responsibilities and Values
    2. Citizenship
    3. Rule of Law and Governance
    4. Media Influence
    5. Diversity and Equality
    6. Sustainable living
    7. Embracing technology
  3. Keeping healthy
    1. Puberty
    2. Healthy eating and exercise
    3. Body image and self-respect
    4. Decisions – smoking, alcohol, drug taking, legal highs
    5. Sex education
    6. Mental health
  4. Economic education
    1. Financial decisions
    2. The World of Work and Career Choices
    3. Ethical decisions



The PSHE lesson is part of a process which involves the whole ethos of the School. Pupils will respond to the character of a School and will learn the good or bad habits that are current in it. The love of learning, self-respect, good sportsmanship, respect for other people, self-discipline, honesty, responsibility and all the other good things we want to pass on to Blundellians are not learnt in a lesson a week, but in the whole life of the School.

In PSHE we try to get the pupils to reflect on and discuss many aspects of their social interactions and personal development. We give information and make use of a variety of media, but the primary focus is on exploring and discussing the processes of growing up and the challenges of the wider world, in ways that are directly relevant to the pupils. The range of topics is wide and divergent: alcohol, adolescence, bullying, conversations, drugs, families, friendships, disability, study skills, how to relate to the opposite sex, smoking, racism, peer pressure and so on.

We encourage participation in discussion, in large groups and in small ones. Expressing yourself and listening to others are important skills which we try to foster. The teachers work as a team. They meet regularly to plan the programme and discuss how it is working. They are all committed to providing an open and positive experience for the individuals in the group.