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Our PSHE and Life Skills curriculum challenges pupils to become creative, successful and happy individuals.  By focusing on three key strands: Health and Well-Being; Living in the Wider World and Relationships, we aim to equip students with the skills and knowledge they will need to face current and topical issues and that will allow them to respond with resilience to future change and challenge in their personal lives and the wider world.

Personal wellbeing helps young people embrace change, feel positive about who they are and enjoy healthy, safe, responsible and fulfilled lives. Through active learning opportunities students will be able to:

  • recognise and manage risk
  • take increased responsibility for themselves, their choices and behaviours, and
  • make positive contributions to their families, schools and communities


As students learn to recognise, develop and communicate their qualities, skills and attitudes, they will build knowledge, confidence and self-esteem to make the most of their abilities. As they explore similarities and differences between people and discuss social and moral dilemmas, they learn to deal with challenges and accommodate diversity in all its forms.

The world is full of complex and sometimes conflicting values. Personal wellbeing helps students explore this complexity and reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes. They identify and articulate feelings and emotions learn to manage new or difficult situations positively and form and maintain effective relationships with a wide range of people.

During the year students cover a variety of issues to help them to keep safe and to prepare them for experiences they may encounter.

The PHSE provision is delivered in a number of different ways. For example within the Academy’s tutor programme that runs on a two weekly cycle, a specific theme is explored in all year groups. We also hold workshops throughout the year, either within school or through outside agencies such as SEQOL, the MOMO Theatre and the Alter Ego Theatre Company

Details of the PHSE curriculum are found below:


Annual Overview

Terms 1 and 2

Terms 3 and 4

Terms 5 and 6

Year 7

Becoming a Teenager;

Healthy Happy Relationships: Family, Friends and Romance;

What is bullying?;

Responding to Bullying


Sharing Personal Information;

Age Restrictions, Gaming & running up debt; Road Safety; Smoking; British Values

Rights and Responsibility;

Healthy Lifestyle: Stimulants, Diet, Exercise and Sleep;

Sexual Relationships;

Drugs and Alcohol

Year 8

Dealing with fallouts and break-ups; Sexuality; What is Bullying?; Responsibility: Perpetrator, Victim, Bystander; Radicalisation.

Sexual Exploitation;

Grooming and Sexual Abuse; Inappropriate content; Managing Emotions: Stress, Worry and Anger; Body Image and Eating Disorders; British Values

Democracy and Freedom of Speech;

Pressure Groups, Protests and Riots;

Social Norms and Peer Pressure; Sexual Relationships; Drugs and Alcohol

Year 9


Internet Safety;

Consequences - sexual exploitation; Teenage Relationship Abuse;


British Values;

From Education to Career;

Peer Pressure and Risk Taking Online

Sexual Relationships

Contraception and STDs; Extremism and Terrorism

Year 10


Internet Safety

Consequences - sexual exploitation; Radicalisation online

British Values; From Education to Career

Sexual Relationships; Drugs and Alcohol

Year 11

Internet Safety; Digital Footprints; Radicalisation; Safe Drive




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