Personal, Social and Health and Economic education (PSHE) at New River College

Personal, Social and Health and Economic education (PSHE) is all about supporting young people to have happy, healthy personal lives, both now and at the future. All students at New River College have weekly PSHE lessons.

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.

We work with external organisations such as Islington Drugs and Alcohol Specialist Service and Camden and Islington Young People’s Sexual Health Network to support curriculum provision and signpost local sources of help and advice.

For more information: https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/what-we-do/why-pshe-matters

To access PSHE curriculum maps for the academic year 2018-2019, please click here.


At Key Stage 3, PSHE education acknowledges and addresses the changes that young people are experiencing, including the challenges of adolescence and their increasing independence. It teaches the skills which will equip them for the opportunities and challenges of life. Pupils are encouraged to manage diverse relationships and the increasing influence of peers and the media. PSHE education allows them to be more confident in addressing the challenges of effective learning and making a full and active contribution to society.

Core themes

Across both key stages, PSHE covers three core themes: health and wellbeing; relationships and living in the wider world.


This core theme focuses on:

  1. how to manage transition
  2. how to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing;
  3. how to make informed choices about health and wellbeing matters including drugs, alcohol and tobacco; maintaining a balanced diet; physical activity; mental and emotional health and wellbeing; and sexual health
  4. about parenthood and the consequences of teenage pregnancy
  5. how to assess and manage risks to health; and to keep themselves and others safe
  6. how to identify and access help, advice and support
  7. how to respond in an emergency, including administering first aid
  8. the role and influence of the media on lifestyle


This core theme focuses on:

  1. how to develop and maintain a variety of healthy relationships within a range of social/cultural contexts and to develop parenting skills
  2. how to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships
  3. how to deal with risky or negative relationships including all forms of bullying (including the distinct challenges posed by online bullying) and abuse, sexual and other violence and online encounters
  4. about the concept of consent in a variety of contexts (including in sexual relationships)
  5. about managing loss including bereavement, separation and divorce
  6. to respect equality and be a productive member of a diverse community
  7. how to identify and access appropriate advice and support


This core theme focuses on:

  1. about rights and responsibilities as members of diverse communities, as active citizens and participants in the local and national economy
  2. how to make informed choices and be enterprising and ambitious
  3. how to develop employability, team working and leadership skills and develop flexibility and resilience
  4. about the economic and business environment
  5. how personal financial choices can affect oneself and others and about rights and responsibilities as consumers