Welcome to PSHE

If you have any queries regarding PSHE, please email:

‘A Curriculum for Life’

At Copthall, we believe passionately in the importance of equipping our girls with the necessary skills, information and character traits to manage themselves in the modern world. PSHE lessons are an invaluable opportunity for students to learn more about the wider world and themselves.

Thousands of young people spoke out via UK Youth Parliament in 2017 about the need for effective PSHE education for all students, in order to equip them to actively participate in life. Copthall has listened. We have devised a curriculum focused on empowering our girls to lead happy, healthy lives, both now and in the future.

PSHE programme

The lessons are taught in form groups and take place fortnightly. This is a non-examination subject for all key stages.

PSHE lessons are divided into three broad themes:

1. Healthy Living and Wellbeing

2. Relationships and Sex Education

3. The Wider World

Lesson topics include mental health, online safety, democracy and voting, finance, writing CVs, post-18 options, consent, healthy relationships and much more.

Copthall students also have the opportunity to hear from a range of exciting, informative speakers in PSHE and take part in workshops from a variety of external providers.

All PSHE lessons uphold the British Values and Copthall Values, encouraging mutual respect, tolerance, aspiration, equal treatment of all, understanding of democratic rights and much more.

PSHE Ground Rules:

At Copthall, we strive to create a positive, supportive and comfortable atmosphere in all lessons. The safe environment of PSHE lessons, reinforced by clear ground rules, enables students to ask questions and explore important issues.  All students are expected not to ask their peers or teachers direct personal questions. Similarly, no child will be expected to answer a question they may feel uncomfortable with.

Relationships and Sex Education policy:

The RSE policy can be found on the school website, under policies. A new national curriculum for Relationships and Sex Education became mandatory for all schools from September 2020. There is also a new mandatory Health curriculum.

Copthall has worked hard to ensure that our revised PSHE curriculum is nationally compliant and meets the needs of our girls. To read more about these national changes, please visit the government website.

If you have any questions about PSHE, please get in touch with your child’s Director of Learning or Ms Dobson via the email address above.

Subject Documents Date  
Curriculum overview 02nd Dec 2021 Download