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Over the course of KS3, students will study elements of the following in a spiral curriculum:

  1. Health and wellbeing
  2. Relationships
  3. Living in the wider world


The following are the key areas about which students will be taught in Year 7:

1. Positive relationships

2. Celebrating our diverse community

3. Puberty and changes

4. Mental health awareness

5. Sex and consent

6. Safe behaviour

7. Drugs and ‘legal highs’

8. Body image


The key skills taught are: communication; independent decision-making; resilience and resisting pressure; managing change and other difficult situations.

In line with the National Curriculum, our PSHE curriculum teaches children about reproduction, sexuality and sexual health, without promoting early sexual activity or any particular sexual orientation.

We also follow the recommendations of:

  • PSHE Association curriculum guidance including the PSHE Association Programme of Study 2014
  • ‘Guidance 5 – Health Education’, National Curriculum Council (1990)
  • ‘Sex and Relationship Education Guidance’, DfE (2000)
  • ‘Teaching SRE with Confidence in Secondary Schools’, CWP
  • ‘A Call to End Violence against Women and Girls’, The Home Office (2014)
  • ‘Sex and Relationships Education’, SDBE Policies (2016)

No formal assessment takes place in PSHE. Verbal and written assessment may be used to gauge student understanding and in order to plan future lessons.


The teaching of PSHE is intended to help students live fulfilled and happy lives, to understand the difference between right and wrong and to develop the skills to make those judgements. Essential to the teaching of PSHE is recognising Christian perspectives on the issues discussed. Bible stories and Christian teachings will be used as appropriate, for instance in order to understand why prejudice is unacceptable. The worth of each individual and Christ’s commandment to ‘love your neighbour as yourself’ will consistently be reinforced.


At the heart of the PSHE curriculum are the central British values of tolerance, respect for the law and celebration of a diverse yet united community. Early in the year, pupils will be encouraged to regard people of all faiths, races and cultures with respect and to celebrate the diverse community in which they live. Different views will be discussed and tolerance will be promoted, but students will learn that all people living in the UK are subject to its law, and some laws (for instance on consent and drugs) will be examined in detail.