Personal, Social, Health Education, Careers and Citizenship Education aims to enable each student to develop into a healthy, well rounded and responsible adult. Through a wide variety of active learning styles lessons encourage every student to participate fully and discuss, reflect on and form their own opinions and views.


Kudos is a unique careers matching and information program which helps young people plan their future.

Suitable for 13 to 19-year-olds, Kudos uses individual interests and qualification aspirations to generate a personalised list of career suggestions.

Kudos also inspires you to explore your own career ideas and discover how suitable they are.



Our curriculum contributes to the key curriculum aims for all young people to become:

  • Successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  • Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • Responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society

Personal, social and health education and Careers at Key Stages 3 and 4 helps pupils to lead confident, healthy and responsible lives as individuals and members of society and to equip them with the knowledge, skills and attributes to make the most of changing opportunities in learning and work. Through work in lesson time and a wide range of activities across and beyond the curriculum, pupils gain practical knowledge and skills to help them live healthily and deal with the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues they face as they approach adulthood. PSHE/Careers gives pupils opportunities to reflect on their experiences and how they are developing as individuals. It helps them to understand and manage responsibly a wider range of relationships as they mature and to show respect for the diversity of, and differences between, people. It also develops pupils' well-being and self-esteem, encouraging belief in their ability to succeed and enabling them to take responsibility for their learning and future choice of courses and career.

Topics covered:



Year 7: Internet safety, Puberty (Sex and Relationship Education - SRE), financial capability, drug education, what is work?

Year 8: Financial capability, Alcohol, growing up (SRE), drug education and planning careers.

Year 9: Safety and health (SRE), Child sexual exploitation (CSE) careers education, enterprise and alcohol.


Alcohol, financial capability, preparation for working life, drug education, CV’s and interviews, applying to college, Careers, drug education, CSE and SRE.



Year 7: British Citizenship, Identity and diversity, active citizenship.

Year 8: Justice, Laws and young people, rights and responsibilities, active citizenship.

Year 9: How laws are made, voting, citizens, parliaments, active citizenship.


Rights and responsibilities, power and politics, The global community, active citizenship.

Alder Community High School was the first school in Tameside to achieve the Gold Award Inspiring I.A.G. This is a quality award written by Positive Steps Careers Service across Greater Manchester which focuses on careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG). This award was recently reaccredited following assessment in January to the department. Click here to read more about this.