Falinge Park High School

Opening Doors; Unlocking Potential


Ms L Thomson – Head of PSHE

“We are responsible for what we are, and whatever we wish ourselves to be, we have the power to make ourselves.”

– Swami Vivekanada 

Compelling Learning in PSHE

We believe Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) provides a vital foundation for the personal development of our young people in preparing them for adult life. Through a planned programme of learning opportunities our pupils grow and develop as individuals, as members of families and communities. PSHE aims to equip our young people with the knowledge, understanding, attributes and skills to live healthy, safe, productive and responsible lives.


PSHE is taught through a spiral programme which means the learning has been organised into a series of recurring themes. At each encounter, the level of demand increases and learning is progressively depended.

All students in Years 7 to 11 receive one hour of PSHE education fortnightly. At KS3 students remain with the same teacher for the academic year. At KS4 PSHE education is delivered through a carousel model where each theme is delivered by a different teacher.

At KS3, PSHE education builds on the skills, knowledge and understanding that pupils have acquired during primary school. It acknowledges and addresses the changes learners experience during transition and adolescence. It provides a platform in which pupils have to think critically, and allows them to become more confident in addressing the challenges of effective learning and making a positive contribution to society.

At KS4 PSHE education builds on the skills and knowledge of KS3 and further explores learners’ attitudes and values and marks a move in preparing pupils for adult life.

PSHE is delivered through three overlapping themes:

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Relationships
  • Living in the wider world: economic wellbeing, careers and the world of work



As part of our Personal, Social & Health Education we are from time to time joined by facilitators such as Dove who lead workshops around self-esteem and body confidence. The Dove self-esteem project helps young people develop a positive relationship with the way they look and is one of the largest providers of this type of education. The workshops target some of the key influences on young people’s body image and allows pupils to think critically about the role of media and advertising. Activities range from class discussion, group activities and videos. All our year 8 students take part in the hour long workshops and both staff and student feedback is highly positive with students commenting on how much they have learned from the sessions.

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