Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) 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. Weekly lessons for all pupils, delivered by specialist teachers in PSHE and Citizenship support the school in promoting the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.

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 Alder Community High school 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.

PSHE Topics covered:


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

Year 8: Financial capability, employability skills, career choices, Alcohol, growing up (SRE), drug education, managing risk, extremism

Year 9: Sex and relationships education (SRE), Child sexual exploitation (CSE) careers education, drug and alcohol education.


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


Citizenship education at Alder Community High school actively promotes British values by helping to challenge opinions or behaviours that are contrary to fundamental British values. Topics covered will address strengths, advantages and disadvantages of democracy, and how democracy and the law works in Britain, in contrast to other forms of government in other countries. Special attention is made to general or local elections through holding mock elections to promote fundamental British values and provide pupils with the opportunity to learn how to argue and defend points of view. Pupils are given an appreciation that living under the rule of law protects individual citizens and is essential for their wellbeing and safety. Citizenship will allow pupils to develop an understanding of the importance of identifying and combatting discrimination and how citizens can influence decision-making through the democratic process.

Citizenship Topics covered:


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

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

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


GCSE Citizenship; Living together in the UK, Democracy at work in the UK, Law and justice, Power and influence, Taking citizenship action

Careers education

Alder Community High School was the first school in Tameside to achieve the Gold Award for Inspiring Information Advice and Guidance realting to careers education. This is a quality award written by Positive Steps Careers Service across Greater Manchester which focuses on careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG). Click here to read more about this.


Students at the school are given access to the KUDOS website resources. 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.

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