PSHE & Philosophy, Ethics, Religion

Key Stage 3

Students in Key Stage 3 have one timetabled lesson of  Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) each fortnight during which they study statutory topics on Relationships and Health Education (RSE) as well as Financial, Political and Careers elements. These lessons are intended to provide students with the information and skills to be successful, active participants in the world around them. They also learn how to maintain positive relationships and how to stay safe both online and physically.

We believe that the social education of our students is vitally important as we prepare them for life outside of Trumpington Community College. By exploring themes of inequality, diversity and identity as well as relationships and health, we believe we are encouraging our students to be active participants in their community and in society.

Other topical and appropriate content is also tackled in Tutor Time and assemblies.

In addition to PHSE, Philosophy, Ethics and Religion (PER) seeks to provide pupils with an introduction to world religions, philosophies and ideas:

Year 7: Introduction to World Religion, Rites of Passage and Founding Fathers

Year 8: Diversity, Multiculturalism and ‘Who am I’?

Year 9: Buddhism, the problems of evil and suffering

 A more detailed breakdown is provided in the link below which shows the overlap between PSHE and PER.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, students have one timetabled lesson of PSHRE (Personal, Social, Health, Religious & Economic Education) per fortnight. Here students follow all of the statutory guidelines regarding Relationships and Health Education (RSE) as well as discussing issues of diversity, discrimination, tolerance and personal identity. An important part of the Key Stage 4 PSHRE curriculum is also the preparation for post-16 studies. We look at the different routes available and support students in making decisions about their next steps and in making applications for work experience placements and post-16 education. Pupils in year 10, for example, will write personal statements and CVs under teacher supervision in these lessons.

As with Key Stage 3 other topical and appropriate content is also tackled in Tutor Time and assemblies. This is particularly true for careers focused content.

Unfortunately we do not currently offer Philosophy, Ethics and Religion at GCSE.

Curriculum Overview


There is no formal assessment in PSHE and PER. There is however regular low stakes testing and retrieval practice.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

We work closely with the local community, charities and organisations to ensure all our students have theopportunity to hear and learn from experts in these areas. This includes drugs charities, local police and careers organisations like Form the Future.

Future Careers

Tolerance as well as mutual respect, appreciation and understanding of different people, their values and beliefs are vitally important for all our students irrespective of their future career paths or choices.