Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE)

The aim of our PSHCE programme is to nurture God given talents so that our students can fulfil their potential whilst learning to become a confident, responsible, caring and useful citizen. We want the students to develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes which will enable them to take control of their own lives and remember their responsibility to others. We know from experience and contact through past pupils what our school does for them in preparing them for life outside Ratcliffe.

We believe that PSHCE is reflected not only through the taught curriculum, but also through the students’ everyday lives within the school in terms of their behaviour, their relationships with each other and with members of staff, as well as a wide range of extra-curricular experiences.

Every student from the Nursery to Year 13 has a fortnightly PSHCE lesson led by their class teacher, tutor or a guest external speaker.

Academic Programme

The Head of PSHCE prepares the lesson outlines and supplies the necessary resources, but our overall emphasis is on active learning. This allows flexibility for the staff to use their own ideas and teaching styles so that discussions, role plays, group work and presentations as well as the use of ICT and the internet promotes the students’ learning and understanding. Visiting speakers are a regular feature of the PSHCE programme and we try to ensure that each Year group in the Senior School has the opportunity to hear a visiting speaker at least once a term and our Medical Sisters aid us in the delivery of some of the topic areas.

The topics are taught in a thematic way – a series of blocks throughout the year. This enables us to have continuity, consolidate work during tutor times and ensures that we have progression of the themes throughout the different age groups. Students and staff are encouraged to provide feedback in order that the effectiveness of the programme can be evaluated and updated accordingly.

The curriculum is quite wide ranging but the themes are:

  • Personal well-being and healthy lifestyles
  • Citizenship
  • Careers and Economic well being
  • Higher Education

Recent visiting speakers:

Breaking the Cycle
Leicestershire Fire & Rescue Service
Old Ratcliffians
Ten Ten Theatre
Challenge team
Local Magistrates
National Blood Service
Sandra Gregory- McClellan
St Philips Centr
Sally & Harry Maybury – Alcohol
Simon Squires – Best Education
Jeremy Thomas – JT Talks
Satreer  Najaar – Attention Seekers

Emotional Health Week

Ratcliffe take the emotional health of their students extremely seriously, to this end, as part of our PSHCE pastoral programme, every year we have a whole week dedicated to Emotional Health and Well-being for our students.  During this week, all of the students across all of the year groups partake in a session that addresses Emotional Health.  The sessions are designed to be informative, edifying and destigmatise mental health problems that people may suffer with.  The younger students attend sessions that are more interactive, in order to increase their awareness of the subject. The majority of the senior school students receive a presentation from an external speaker with expertise in this field.  Ratcliffe continually supports this initiative by promoting our ‘Student Listener’ initiative, whereby students have a base where they can go on a daily basis, should they be struggling in any way.  We also provide a counsellor service for students to talk to someone not directly linked with  our school community, alongside the usual support offered by our tutors and pastoral staff.

This year we also hosted a Parent Café on Emotional Health and Well-being for parents, affording parents the opportunity to engage with an external speaker and staff in order to further support their children.  The handouts provided at this talk can be accessed via the links below.

Emotional Health Week – Handout 1
Emotional Health Week – Handout 2


PSHCE Policy

Ratcliffe College Senior School (Years 7-13)

As stated in the school’s Mission Statement, Ratcliffe College seeks to nurture the God given talents and potential of each individual in order that each one may become a confident, responsible and useful member of society.

At Ratcliffe College the PSHCE programme supports the school’s Mission Statement in the following ways:

  • PSHCE raises the self-esteem of students, valuing and building upon the ideas of the young people themselves.  It accepts that we are all different, yet all are equally valued: it encourages young people to consider the consequences of their own actions.
  • PSHCE ensures that the students will develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes which enable them to take control of their own lives and remember their responsibility to others.
  • PSHCE is reflected not only through the taught curriculum but also through our expectations; code of behaviour; relationships between students, between staff and between staff and students; the physical environment (classrooms, common rooms, boarding areas and corridors are aesthetically pleasing and well cared for); and a wide range of extra-curricular experiences.

Whole School PSHCE Aims 

  • To help foster the Catholic ethos of the school.
  • To assist students in developing awareness of their responsibility to themselves, others and the school.
  • To foster a greater sense of security, co-operation and achievement at school.
  • To help students explore their own performance, feelings, attitudes and values; thereby fostering the development of a positive self-image amongst students.
  • To work towards the improvement of each student’s academic performance throughout all areas of the curriculum.
  • To help students develop a greater sense of understanding and empathy towards other members of our school community.
  • To encourage students to examine and evaluate their attitude towards important social issues.
  • To prepare students for life after school in a time of increasingly accelerating social, moral and economic change.
  • To increase awareness of issues on the world-wide stage and promote a caring and sympathetic approach to the plight of others less fortunate than themselves.

PSHCE Programmes 2017/18

Year 7
Year 8
Year 9
Year 10
Year 11
Year 12
Year 13


Tiffany Spencer – Head of PSHCE –
Danielle Dempsey – Junior School PSHCE Co-ordinator –