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Subject Mission Statement

Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education at Highcliffe aims to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes that students need to manage their lives, now and in the future. It helps children and young people to stay healthy and safe, while preparing them to make the most of life and work. Within this subject, students also cover the statutory teaching of Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education


At Key Stage 3 students undertake an Ethical and Personal Development programme which incorporates elements of Religious Studies, Citizenship and PSHE. The course is designed to develop personal awareness, values and opinions, whilst also developing a student’s analytical, written and communication skills.


KS3 Intent Statement

To provide the students with knowledge and skills which will equip students for the opportunities and challenges of adolescence and adult life. Students learn to manage diverse relationships, their online lives, and the increasing influence of peers and the media.

KS3 Learning Journey


Our EPD course encourages students to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills to engage in debate and discussion about life in a modern pluralistic society. This includes a study of both religious and non-religious beliefs. The course also encourages students to develop and understand personal values and beliefs, with an emphasis on critical analysis and the ability to construct balanced and informed arguments within the context of religious, philosophical, ethical and social awareness.

KS4 Intent Statement

To support the students whilst they are moving towards an independent role in adult life, taking on greater responsibility for themselves and others. It deepens the knowledge and understanding of students, while giving them the opportunity to extend and rehearse skills, and further explore attitudes, values and attributes in relation to ‘health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world.

Qualification Details

Exam Board:
Qualification Title: EPD
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Qualification Webpage: Click here to visit the webpage for the specification.

Why should I study this course?

The course is part of the core programme and is undertaken by all students. It provides a great opportunity for students to engage with current issues and to develop social, cultural, political, historical and personal awareness. It encourages students to understand who they are as individuals and how to make informed choices. The course helps students to develop personal beliefs and values and a sense of identity. This course is particularly complementary to the GCSE Philosophy and Ethics option.

What knowledge and/or skills will I need?

Students undertake a comparison between science and ethics, with a focus on medical ethics, animal rights and environmental issues and how these impact our personal and social responsibilities. In addition, the EPD course covers important elements of PSHE and SRE including sex and contraception, personal finance and student wellbeing. The content of the course works together with the PSHE programme delivered in tutor time.

What will I study in this qualification?

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed through regular written and verbal feedback. There is no formal qualification attached to the course.

Possible Career Paths

Who should I speak to if I need further information?

Mrs Downie, Mr Goddard or Mr Yapp

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