Well-being education (formerly known as PSHE) is a planned programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives. As part of a whole school approach, well-being develops the qualities and attributes pupils need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

(PSHE Association)

In today’s fast paced and evolving society, Well-being helps pupils to manage the significant challenges, opportunities, and responsibilities they will face growing up. It helps them to build their personal identities, confidence and self-esteem, make career choices, and understand what influences their decisions including financial ones. It also helps them to make connections between and apply what they learn in academic subjects such as Biology, Geography and Religious Studies to practical, real life situations.  

The department aims

  • To develop pupils’ understanding of the wider world and its impact on the decisions they will make.

  • To encourage empathy and mutual respect.

  • To enable and encourage students to make informed decisions and take responsibility for their actions.

  • To develop pupils’ strategies for working with others, problem solving and action planning. 

At Eltham College, Well-being education does not exist in isolation. It is very much part of a whole school approach. The relationship between the school’s Well-being education provision and the school ethos is hugely important. As a result, the department recognises the importance of:

  • Establishing and fostering effective working relationships between all members of the school.

  • Pupils playing an active part in decision making.

  • School policies which are compatible with what is taught in Well-being.


Teaching is based on a good command of the subject matter, relevant up to date knowledge and enthusiasm. All Well-being teaching staff follow a broad programme of study. However, there is sufficient flexibility in the programme to recognise that each teacher has his/her own subject specific knowledge, experience and style of teaching. 

Various teaching and learning strategies are used in the classroom. Pupils are actively encouraged to engage in; discussion, role play and problem solving – working independently or in small groups. Occasional use is made of assemblies and additional parent and/or pupil workshops. These provide further opportunities to learn and discuss further with industry experts key topics raised in the classroom. For example: alcohol awareness, drug awareness, e-safety, cyber-bullying and careers. 

For pupils with a particular interest in finance and/or commerce there are opportunities to take part in the IFS Student Investor Challenge and the Young Business Writer of the year competition. 

The Curriculum

In Years 7 to 9, Well-being is taught by means of weekly tutor-led sessions whilst in Years 10 and 11 most pupils have 1 discrete lesson of Well-being per week.

The starting point for the creation of the programme of study is the current standard for Well-being in Secondary Schools in England and Wales and related statutory policy. However, every effort is made to also keep it as relevant as possible to the needs of pupils at Eltham College and the current social and economic environment.

Lessons are augmented by cross curricular input from specialist academic subjects, (e.g. Religious Studies, Geography and Biology lessons), specialist support (e.g. the school’s Librarian and Nurse) and input from industry experts (e.g. e-safety), and specialist outside agencies (e.g. Bromley Road Safety).

The topic areas covered at each stage of the programme can be broadly grouped as follows:

Years 7 to 9:

  • Well-being – this includes issues such as; healthy eating, exercise, alcohol and drug abuse, smoking, bullying, sexual, emotional and physical development and health, lifestyles and personal safety.

  • Citizenship – this includes topics such as; the environment, crime and punishment, diversity and values, democracy and human rights.

  • Enterprise – this includes an introduction to the economic and business environment, the relationship between risk and reward and the skills and qualities required for employability.

Year 10:

  • Citizenship – this involves exploring relationships between young people and the law, the work of parliament, Europe and the importance of voting.

  • Drugs – this is a more in depth look at the effects of drugs and drugs and the law.

  • Relationships - this explores themes such as; self-awareness and relationships with family and friends.

  • Economic and Financial Awareness – this includes a study of the structure and function of different businesses across the public and public, private and voluntary sectors, critical consumerism, attitudes to money, risk, aspirations, life choices, income calculation budgeting and saving. 

  • Global Issues – this includes issues such as; climate change, de-forestation, desertification, extinction, poverty, work of the United Nations.

Year 11:

  • Leadership – building on the experiences of those attending the Year 11 leadership course on Dartmoor this focuses on practical life skills.

  • Life Issues – here we look at a range of issues including; same sex relationships, work-life balance, sex, rights and responsibilities of having children, pornography and abortion.

  • Financial Awareness – this includes; managing a bank account, borrowing, saving, budgeting whilst at university, managing debt, keeping personal data safe.

  • Careers – our focus here is on; developing a sense of personal identity for career progression, understanding the qualities, attitudes and skills needed for employability, writing a CV. 


In Years 7 to 9 Well-being is taught by form tutors. In Years 10 and 11 pupils are taught by subject specialists from a range of different academic departments. The head of the Well-being department is Mrs M Franklin.


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NOTE: The password for both is Eltham (case sensitive)