Robertsbridge Community College


PSHE/RSE education is a school curriculum subject through which pupils develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy, safe and prepared for life and work. 

Personal Development helps students to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes required to manage many of the critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face as they grow up and in adulthood. 

“By teaching students to stay safe and healthy, and by building self-esteem, resilience and empathy, an effective PSHE programme can tackle barriers to learning, raise aspirations, and improve the life chances of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils”. (PSHE Association, 2017) 

At Robertsbridge Community College, Personal Development & RSHE is taught in discrete lessons to all students. It covers a variety of topics such as safety, anti-bullying, drugs, alcohol, and tobacco education (DATE), careers and relationships and sex education (RSE).

As students move up through the school the lessons include topics such as domestic violence, careers - post16 options and relationship and sex education (RSE). This will be enriched by additional sessions facilitated by external speakers.  

Overarching concepts developed through the Programme of Study

  • Identity (their personal qualities, attitudes, skills, attributes and achievements and what influences these; understanding and maintaining boundaries around their personal privacy, including online);
  • Relationships (including different types and in different settings, including online);
  • A healthy (including physically, emotionally and socially), balanced lifestyle (including within relationships, work-life, exercise and rest, spending and saving and lifestyle choices);
  • Risk (identification, assessment and how to manage risk, rather than simply the avoidance of risk for self and others) and safety (including behaviour and strategies to employ in different settings, including online in an increasingly connected world;
  • Diversity and equality (in all its forms, with due regard to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010);
  • Rights (including the notion of universal human rights), responsibilities (including fairness and justice) and consent (in different contexts);
  • Change (as something to be managed) and resilience (the skills, strategies and ‘inner resources’ we can draw on when faced with challenging change or circumstance);
  • Power (how it is used and encountered in a variety of contexts including online; how it manifests through behaviours including bullying, persuasion, coercion and how it can be challenged or managed through negotiation and ‘win-win’ outcomes);
  • Career (including enterprise, employability and economic understanding).

PSHE Curriculum Overview

Please see our RCC curriculum overview below:

Related policies

 For information on our RSHE policy, please click here


Parental/Student Communication

Our parental consultation period is now complete. Thank you to all who took the time to provide us with feedback and ideas. If you have any questions or would like more information on the new Statutory Curriculum, please contact the PSHE Leader, Laura Linch