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Welcome to P.S.H.C.E.e at Holy Family Catholic High School

Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic education at Holy Family is underpinned by the Every Child Matters ethos.

Every Child Matters is based upon five outcomes identified as being the most important to children and young people:

  • stay safe;
  • enjoy and achieve;
  • make a positive contribution;
  • achieve economic well-being.

This in turn influences our aims for our students:

  • To recognise their own worth;
  • To work well with others;
  • To develop positive relationships and respect for others;
  • To understand our common humanity, diversity and differences;
  • To know and understand what constitutes a healthy lifestyle;
  • To develop safety awareness;
  • To be positive and active members of a democratic society;
  • To develop self-confidence and self-esteem, and make informed choices regarding personal and social choices;
  • To form good relationships with other members of the school and the wider community.

We cover a range of topics during the year including: Personal Development; Health & Emotional Wellbeing; Careers & Guidance; Sex & Relationships Education (in line with guidance from the Leeds Diocese); Personal Finance & Economic Well being alongside many aspects of citizenship.

All students have one lesson each week on a Tuesday morning. The programme is carried out by the form tutor; this strengthens the pastoral bond between the tutee and their teacher.

We use a range of teaching and learning styles which involve the tutees in activities such as: discussions, role play, games, investigations and problem-solving activities. We encourage the students to take part in a range of practical activities that promote active citizenship e.g. charity fundraising, the planning of school events, or involvement in activities to help other individuals or groups less fortunate than themselves.

We organise classes in such a way that pupils are able to participate in discussion to resolve conflicts or behaviour. Students have opportunities to meet and work with members of the community such as: health workers; fire fighters; police and representatives from the local community, whom we invite into the school to talk about their role in creating a positive and supportive local ethos. There is an emphasis on active participation during learning, especially using group work and discussion techniques. 

We have fantastic links with outside agencies which enhances our provision. The department works in close partnership with the police, NHS, NYBEP, Fire & Rescue, Connexions, the prison service as well as many more. Their dedication to the school is immensely appreciated and enjoyed by our students. Our provision in this area was described as ‘OUTSTANDING’ in the 2011 subject Ofsted inspection.

Access to careers advice is also available during a planned programme of interviews with local careers advisors. Our independent adviser runs a weekly 'drop in' service as well as 'one to one' appointments. 

Sex and relationship education is dealt with sensitively and in accordance to school policy and the Leeds Diocese. Cross curricular links with Science further supports our work while Religious Education looks at the emotional aspect of sex and relationship education.

Should you require further information please contact Mr S Neesam, head of PSHCEe, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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