Curriculum Leader

Miss M Horne


As a part of your child’s education at Testwood School, we promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education programme. PSHE education is the curriculum subject that gives children the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live safe, healthy, productive lives and meet their full potential. As you may already be aware, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE), along with Health Education, became a statutory part of the National Curriculum from September 2020.

Why is PSHE Important?

  • Contributes to physical and mental health and wellbeing, encouraging individual responsibility for health
  • Contributes to the safety and protection of our children and young people, from staying safe online to understanding risks associated with drugs and alcohol and knowing the law surrounding these topics
  • Contributes to the information young people need to help them develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds, not just intimate relationships, and know boundaries within the law
  • Promotes independence, resilience and responsibility — preparing children and young people for future roles as parents, employees and leaders
  • Supports employability by developing the personal and social skills demanded by commerce and industry
    Supports pupils to be critical consumers of information and develops the skills to identify misleading news or views on social media and elsewhere

PSHE education is taught throughout the school by tutors in every year group, and is monitored and reviewed regularly. Schools are required to consult with parents when developing and reviewing their policies for Relationships Education and RSE, which will inform schools’ decisions on when and how certain content is covered. Please see the resources at the top of this page for the most recent parent consultation.

You do have a right to withdraw your child from sex education delivered as part of RSE in secondary schools which, unless there are exceptional circumstances, will be granted up to three terms before your child turns 16. At this point, if the child themselves wishes to receive sex education rather than be withdrawn, the school should make arrangements for this to happen in one of the three terms before the child turns 16 – the legal age of sexual consent.

There is no right to withdraw from Relationships Education at secondary level and we believe the content of these subjects, such as family, friendship, safety (including online safety) – are important for all children to be taught. However, we are confident you will share our enthusiasm for the successful implementation of the new PSHE curriculum, which we feel will benefit all of our students.

If you would like to find out more, or discuss any concerns, we would invite you to make contact with myself on the email below.

Yours sincerely,

Miss Horne

Subject lead for PSHE education



PSHE Lesson Maps

2022 – 2023

2020 – 2021