PSHE - Personal, Social Health and Economic Education

Personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education is a planned programme of learning opportunities and experiences that help children and young people grow and develop as individuals and as members of families and of social and economic communities.

PSHE Curriculum Intent

At Friern Barnet School, PSHE is delivered through tutor time, across KS3-KS4 two times a week, with the use of pupil booklets and PowerPoint resources.

The PSHE curriculums intent is to acknowledge and address the changes that young people experience, beginning with the transition to secondary school, the challenges of adolescence and young people's increasing independence.

The intent of the PSHE curriculum at FBS is for pupils to ultimately achieve their full academic potential, and to leave the school, equipped with skills, they will need throughout later life to include challenges and responsibilities they may face into young adulthood.
Our PSHE curriculum at FBS intent is to reflect the fact that Pupils are moving towards an independent role in adult life, taking greater responsibility for themselves and others to include skills in the world of work as well as further education.

The PSHE curriculum will aim to increase the knowledge and skills which equip young people for the opportunities and challenges of life. Pupils will learn to manage diverse relationships, their online lives, and the increasing influence of not only their peers but also the media.

The intent of PSHE at FBS is to give pupils the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe and to prepare them for life and work in modern Britain, now and in the future. In addition, skills will be learnt in lessons to include British values such as individual liberty and respect as well as other life skills to include teamwork, communication, and resilience. These will be further developed with the intent for pupils to succeed as individuals, family members and members of society.

Our PSHE curriculum will cover the below three key areas.

  1. Living in the wider world - Pupils will develop knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. From making responsible decisions about career choices, leadership skills, to succeeding in their first job, pay slips, CV’s and college applications, this area of PSHE intent is to aid pupils to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges, and responsibilities, they will face growing up.
  2. Health and wellbeing – Pupils will achieve their full potential mentally and physically by tackling issues such as puberty, diet, sleep, vaping, gangs, and mental health. These are crucial to navigating the challenges and opportunities of the modern world.
  3. SRE - The focus of sex and relationships education will be to equip children and young people to make safe choices, navigate the online world with a critical eye and help them to understand where to go for support. Lessons have been deemed as age appropriate by the PSHE association and created alongside Barnet’s PSHE network. These include healthy relationships, consent, contraception, LGBTQ+, families, STI’S / STD’s, emotional, sexual, and physical abuse.

Please click on the links below for further information:

Curriculum Overview

PSHE Implementation

Long Term Curriculum Plan

Podcast link:

Some of our students have created a podcast called TeeninsightsLDN please click on the link below for further information:

TeeninsightsLDN podcast