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Bury CE High School

A Church of England Academy with the vision to empower all students to let their light shine.


Departmental Vision

PSHCE (Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic) education is the bedrock of a child’s understanding of life beyond the classroom.  At the centre of our PSHCE curriculum is the school’s vision of ‘Let your light shine’, as we aim to inspire our young people to become respectful, responsible and resilient members of society.  A clear understanding of the importance of fundamental British values and equality enables students to take informed decisions and responsible action.

The PSHCE curriculum is designed to allow students to understand themselves as unique individuals in the eyes of God, whilst celebrating the diversity and complexities of the world around them.  Students are encouraged to have a positive mindset, aspiring to be the best version of themselves, as they mature into adulthood.  As part of this learning, we consider complex and sensitive issues allowing young people to understand their own ideas and beliefs, giving them the opportunity to express themselves in a controlled environment.

The ultimate aim of the PSHCE curriculum is to help our students to shine in all that they do and develop into well-rounded individuals who will be able to tackle any of life’s challenges, support others through social action and to achieve excellence.

Curriculum Design

The PSHCE curriculum is based on six pillars of knowledge that deepen in complexity of declarative and procedural knowledge through time. The School's core values of Respect, Responsibility and Resilience are at the heart of the curriculum design, ensuring every student can let their light shine.

The three disciplines of Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE), Citizenship and Careers are sequenced in a spiralled curriculum, ensuring new knowledge builds on prior knowledge.

The pillars of knowledge underpinning the curriculum are:

  • Health and Wellbeing: drugs, vaping, nicotine and alcohol education, mental and emotional wellbeing, managing risk and personal safety and sexual health.
  • Relationships and Sex Education: recognising positive and unhealthy relationships, consent v's coercion, social influences on behaviour, contraception, parenthood and families, bullying, abuse and discrimination.
  • Living in the Wider World: Career choices and pathways, learning skills, employment rights and responsibilities, financial choices, media literacy and digital resilience.
  • Being British: Political systems in UK democracy, British Values, liberties enjoyed by UK citizens (including Human Rights and Equality), our responsibilities as British citizens, justice and the law and focusing on our local communities.
  • Global Britain: other forms of political systems, ECHR and the role of the European court, United Nations, EU and Brexit, understanding migration and asylum.
  • Active Citizenship: contributing to our local, national and global communities through social action.

The PSHCE curriculum is text rich as we use our school reading programme literature and English GCSE texts to initiate discussions around personal development issues.

Knowledge Organisers


Extra Curricular Activities

Youth Cabinet – discussing issues which affect young people in Bury

Archbishop of York Young Leaders Award – carrying out a set of leadership challenges within the community that “serve others” in Year 7&8.

School Council – discussing issues that affect our pupils and campaigning for change.

Charities Group – this is a sub group of the School Council which works tirelessly to raise money for charities both locally and nationally. We also volunteer in the community to help contribute as active citizens.

Careers Club – this weekly lunchtime club hosts talks from employers about their careers as well as offering support to students with career exploration, college applications, CV writing, securing work experience etc.