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What is PSHE?

PSHE stands for Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education.  This school subject is where pupils develop their knowledge, skills and characteristics that they need to manage their lives now and in the future.  These skills and characteristics will help pupils to stay healthy and safe, whilst also preparing them for life and work in modern Britain. PSHE will aim to help pupils understand how they developing both personally and socially, whilst tackling many of the Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) issues that are a part of growing up.

It is through PSHE that your child will learn about bullying, Citizenship, drugs education, careers, mental and emotional health, well-being and relationships and sex education (RSE).

At City of Birmingham School (COBS) our PSHE programme of study will also aim to develop your child’s skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk management, working as part of a team and critical thinking.

The topics covered within PSHE cover the three core themes: Health and well-being, living in the wider world and relationships.  Within these three core themes are the following topics:-

  • Drugs Education
  • Bullying
  • Self-esteem
  • Radicalisation and Extremism
  • Money/Financial safety
  • Self-harm
  • Child Sex Exploitation
  • Body Image
  • Careers
  • Relationships and Sex Education
  • County Lines
  • Identity and Values
  • Gangs/Crime
  • Internet Safety
  • Social media/music
  • Domestic Violence
  • Opinions e.g. Racism
  • Mental Health

Curriculum Time

In KS3 pupils currently receive one 50 minute lesson and one 15 minute tutorial a week.  In KS4 pupils currently receive two 50 minute lessons and one 15 minute tutorial a week.  There is also a vast array of PSHE workshops organised throughout the academic year.

Departmental Staff

KS3 pupils receive 38 PSHE lessons and KS4 pupils receive 76 PSHE lessons over the academic year, with an additional 38 fifteen minute slots in tutorial time.  The majority of the content is delivered by a few key staff in each centre.  The PSHE Subject content is reviewed and changed by Maxine Bird (Secondary PSHE Curriculum Lead).  Content reviews are based around the current trends and needs of COBS Pupils – Our safeguarding Lead and Deputy Head, Sunil Vyakaranam, carries out research and analyses pupils’ behaviour and expressed values, beliefs and opinions, this data research allows us to focus on needs, beliefs and behaviour of our pupils at COBS.  Historical data allows us to monitor the impact of our intervention through PSHE.


Mr Sehra
Ms Bennett
Miss Bird

Mr Sehra

Secondary PSHE Teacher

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Ms Bennett

Secondary PSHE Teacher

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Miss Bird

Secondary PSHE Lead

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