Porthcawl Comprehensive School / Ysgol Gyfun Porthcawl

Personal & Social Education

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Term 1

  • Rights and responsibilities
  • School council and elections
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Skills day
  • Puberty
  • Stranger danger
  • Moving up – progress file
  • Successful Lives

Term 2

  • Kiddo's choice – All Wales Police programme
  • Progress file
  • Careers – Looking at Yourself
  • Study Skills
  • Smoking ‘stub it out’

Term 3

  • Money sense
  • Key skills
  • Careers – new jobs and old
  • Careers – stereotypes
  • Digital competence
  • Progress file

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Learning from real-life experiences is central to personal and social development. PSE sessions help learners to access balanced factual information from a range of sources, and enable them to become more aware of alternative viewpoints. PSE provides excellent opportunities for learners to discuss local and global contemporary issues.

Year 8

Term 1

  • Rights and responsibilities
  • School council
  • Anti-Bullying
  • SEAL activities – social and emotional skill development
  • Progress file
  • Careers – decisions, decisions

Term 2

  • Progress file
  • Key skills
  • Class act – All Wales Police Programme
  • Financial Literacy
  • Study skills

Term 3

  • Progress file
  • Body Image
  • Careers – stereotypes
  • Digital competence

Year 9

Term 1

  • Rights and responsibilities
  • School council
  • Anti-bullying
  • Conflict resolution
  • Personal hygiene
  • Puberty

Term 2

  • Enterprise in Action – EBP
  • Progress File
  • Internet safety – All Wales Police Programme
  • Careers
  • Financial Literacy
  • Study skills

Term 3

  • Progress file
  • Substance misuse
  • Samaritans – sources of support
  • Digital competence

Key Stage 4


PSE is a vital part of the curriculum. For learners aged 14-19 this is part of their Learning Core entitlement and is a requirement at Key Stage 4.

PSE is delivered through fortnightly sessions, supported by wider opportunities in the curriculum and input from a number of outside agencies including the All Wales Police Core programme, the school nurse and Bridgend Says End Bullying.

At Key Stage 4, learners build on the skills, attitudes, values, knowledge and understanding they have acquired and developed at Key Stage 3. PSE reflects the fact that learners are moving towards an independent role in adult life, taking on greater responsibility for themselves and others.

Learners are equipped with the skills to manage changing situations with increased confidence and to become financially capable. PSE provides pupils with opportunities to develop their awareness of careers and the world of work, including a period of Work Experience and to examine how their studies prepare them for their working life.

Pupils are given opportunities to promote their health and emotional well-being and moral and spiritual development; to become active citizens and promote sustainable development and global citizenship; and to prepare for lifelong learning.

In Year 10 pupils produce a portfolio of work which is submitted for an Entry Level Award through the British Safety Council in "Workplace Hazards".

Key Stage 5

The PSE Programme (Personal and Social Education)

We offer an extensive PSE Programme in the Sixth Form covering topics that we feel are of interest to sixth form pupils and will provide you with the knowledge and understanding to develop into well rounded individuals. The Head Team are consulted and their view noted on the content of the PSE Programme.

Course Structure

Topics covered may include some of the following

  • Personal Safety
  • Key Skills
  • Applying to University
  • Student Finance
  • Student Life
  • Personal Statements
  • Cooking and ironing skills
  • General knowledge quizzes
  • Giving blood
  • Organ Donation
  • Healthy Eating
  • Driving Skills / Safety
  • Buying a car
  • Sexual Health
  • Drug and alcohol abuse
  • Dealing with and avoiding stress
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Other topical moral and ethical issues


The majority of Sixth Form pupils have the opportunity to attend a series of talks on spiritual and moral issues. These talks are provided by outside speakers from a variety of backgrounds.

Topics 2013 – 2014

Topics for 2013 – 2014 included

  • Human rights
  • Local law and order
  • Rich world/poor world issues
  • Sustainable development
  • Alcoholism
  • Christian faith
  • Joshua Foundation

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