PSHE education is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future. As part of a whole school approach, PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. These are often referred to as “Soft Skills”.

At Teesside High School we believe PSHE makes a major contribution to the health and achievement of children and young people. It contributes to the welfare and safety of children and young people and underpins future employability through the development of the personal and social skills which commerce and industry demand from our workforce. PSHE also helps to increase children and young people’s independence and ultimately enables them to take responsibility for themselves. It prepares them for their future role as parents, employees and leaders.

At our recent ISI Inspection (October 2014) our PSHE programme was commended as exemplary..

In Years 7-9 and Years 12-13, all pupils receive one hour of PSHE per week with a dedicated teacher. In Years 10-11 pupils access 30 minutes per week of PSHE. In these lessons a broad range of topics are covered from four key areas: Citizenship, Environment, Health and Economic Well Being. All topics are age specific and work is built on as pupils develop in maturity.

Examples of work covered in each of the topic areas are:-


  • Bullying
  • Government in Britain
  • Managing Friendships
  • First Aid
  • European Union
  • Safety on the Streets
  • Poverty
  • Local Government & Politics
  • Racism, Predjudice & Discrimination
  • Law, Crime & Punishment
  • Elections & Voting
  • Working for Change
  • Human Rights
  • Charitable Giving & Fundraising


  • Fairtrade
  • Resources, Waste & Recycling
  • One World
  • Food & Water
  • Local Environment
  • Global Citizen
  • Debating Global Environmental Issues
  • Volunteering
  • Charitable Giving
  • Eco Project


  • E Safety
  • Growing Up & Puberty
  • Exercise & Healthy Eating
  • Smoking & Drugs Awareness
  • Drinking & Alcohol
  • Body Image, The Media & Role Models
  • Safer Sex
  • Self Esteem & Eating Disorders
  • Managing Stress
  • Health Awareness
  • Safe Choices at Uni
  • Fire Safety; Living away from home
  • Safer Driving
  • Healthy Cooking on a Student Budget.


  • Time Management
  • Pocket Money
  • Being a Consumer
  • Study Skills
  • Careers Education
  • Managing Money
  • Presentation Skills
  • Understanding Tax, NI and the Payslip
  • Saving
  • Life Beyond High School
  • Exploring UCAS and University Applications
  • Student Finance & Budgeting

Pupils are assessed in their understanding of the topics covered by their teachers in a range of ways including quizzes, debate, discussion, project work, written work and activities.