Personal, Social, Health & Economic Education


Heartlands High School aims to provide its students with an excellent PSHE (Personal, Social, Health, Economic) education, which equips our young people with vital tools and skills needed to lead a happier and healthier  life in 21st Century Britain.

At Heartlands PSHE is taught through our Personal Development curriculum, which covers prominent themes including Relationships and Sex education, physical and mental health, personal safety, financial literacy, economic well-being and character development. Personal Development is taught during two lessons a week during form time and SEARCH Days.

‘PSHE education helps pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. From making responsible decisions about alcohol to succeeding in their first job, PSHE education helps pupils to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up.’ (PSHE Association) 

Personal Development Curriculum

Please click on this link to view the Heartlands High School Personal Development Curriculum Overview – this document gives an overview of the themes students cover throughout the year. 

All teaching resources, and those used by the trusted external agencies we use to support the delivery of this curriculum, can be viewed by parents or carers upon request. Please contact SMSC Champion / PSHE Lead Edward Skerry to arrange this.

Relationships and Sex Education at Heartlands

Since 2020 secondary schools in Britain have a statutory obligation to deliver a Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) curriculum. ‘The purpose of RSE is to help children and young people to be safe, healthy and happy as they grow up and in their future lives.’ (Sex Education Forum) 

At Heartlands RSE is taught within our Personal Development curriculum and is based on the Sex Education Forum’s 12 principles of good RSE education, which can be viewed here. The school’s RSE policy can be accessed here.

If parents or carers have any questions regarding the content taught in these sessions they should contact the headteacher, Elen Roberts.

Parent Support and Information 

Heartlands aims to develop strong relationships with parents and carers and offer support to families in supporting their child’s PSHE education. A comprehensive list of support agencies can be found here. 

Useful links:

PSHE Association – How PSHE can help your children

Care for the Family – Organisation supporting families and parents

Contact – an agency supporting parents with disabled children

Young Minds – Supporting my child with anxiety