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Personal Development and PSHE

Curriculum Intent

Our Intent is to


  • Responsible, respectful and active citizens who play their part and become actively involved in public life as adults
  • Students’ understanding of the fundamental British values of democracy, individual liberty, the rule of law and mutual respect and tolerance
  • Students’ character: positive personal traits, dispositions and virtues that inform their motivation and guides their conduct so that they reflect wisely, learn eagerly, behave with integrity and cooperate consistently well with others
  • Students’ confidence, resilience and knowledge so that they can keep themselves mentally healthy
  • Students’ understanding of how to keep physically healthy, eat healthily and maintain an active lifestyle,
  • Students’ age-appropriate understanding of healthy relationships through relationships and sex education


  • Equality of opportunity so that all students thrive together, understanding that difference is a positive, not a negative, and that individual characteristics make people unique
  • An inclusive environment that meets the needs of all students, irrespective of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation


  • Students to recognise online and offline risks to their wellbeing – for example, risks from criminal and sexual exploitation, domestic abuse, female genital mutilation, forced marriage, substance misuse, gang activity, radicalisation and extremism –making them aware of the support available to them
  • Students to recognise the dangers of inappropriate use of mobile technology and social media


  • Readiness for the next phase of education, training or employment so that students are equipped to make the transition successfully


  • An effective careers programme in line with the government’s statutory guidance on careers advice that offers students:
    • Unbiased careers advice
    • Experience of the world of work, and
    • Contact with employers to encourage students to aspire, make good choices and understand what they need to do to reach and succeed in the careers to which they aspire

Our relationships, sex and health education (RSHE) curriculum (and wider curriculum) specifically address sexual harassment, online abuse and sexual violence. The curriculum also addresses safeguarding risks (including online risks), issues of consent, and what constitutes a healthy relationship both online and offline.


We deliver this curriculum across the school so that every day students encounter personal development opportunities in the following areas of their school life:

  • In Years 7, 8 and 10 in PSHE lessons (one hour per timetable cycle)
  • In Years 9 and 11 in bespoke ‘Drop-Down’ Days (two days per academic year)
  • In Form time 8.45-9.10 every morning for students in all year groups
  • In weekly assemblies for every Key Stage
  • In  Subject lessons (e.g Computing, Ethics and Philosophy, Science .....)
  • In Extra Curricular Activities  

Our curriculum is built around three key strands:

  • Health & Wellbeing
  • Relationships
  • Living in the Wider World (including impartial CEIAG aligned to the Gatsby Benchmarks).

Key Documents 

Click the link below for a detailed overview of the core knowledge and skills covered in Personal Development and PSHE:

Personal Development and PSHE Knowledge Sequencing