Personal, Social, Health and Economics (PSHE)

Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (PSHE) helps pupils to develop the knowledge, builds self-esteem, resilience, empathy and many other skills and attributes they need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. From making informed decisions to succeeding in their first job, PSHE education helps pupils to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up.

These skills and attributes help pupils to stay healthy, safe and prepare them for life and work in modern Britain. PSHE education helps pupils to achieve their academic potential, and leave school equipped with skills they will need throughout later life. PSHE programme can tackle barriers to learning, raise aspirations, and improve the life chances of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils.


Dr Laing
email: [email protected]
phone: 0115 9303724

  • Transition to secondary school/ introduction to PSHE
  • Confidence building
  • How to regulate feelings and emotions
  • How to build positive relationships
  • How to recognize and manage bullying
  • Careers skills
  • Family dynamics, conflicts and how to manage these
  • Puberty
  • Emotional, mental and physical health
  • Mental health, feelings and stigmas
  • Diversity, discrimination and stereotypes
  • Inclusivity
  • LGTBQ+
  • Careers skills
  • Online bullying
  • Relationships
  • How to stay healthy
  • Emergency first aid
  • Influences and gangs
  • Cause and effects on mental health
  • Abusive relationships and how to manage these
  • Employment legalities
  • Careers skills
  • Positive relationships
  • Sexuality differences
  • Contraception
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Pregnancy
  • Negative effects of pornography
  • Drug and alcohol dependency
  • British Values
  • Self-esteem, confidence and mental well-being
  • Religious studies
  • Importance of healthy relationships
  • Coercive and abusive relationships
  • Risks surrounding drugs and alcohol abuse
  • Cancer prevention
  • Post 16 education options
  • Religious studies
  • Post 16 options/qualifications
  • Universities
  • Being a role model
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Unhealthy coping strategies

Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education

In accordance with the guidelines surrounding RSE students are taught the following topics at each key stage

Students will learn about anatomy, physiology, sexual intercourse, pregnancy and childbirth. Specific topics include:

  • Puberty
  • Dealing with changes (emotional and physical)
  • Changing relationships (marriage, divorce and bereavement)
  • Reproduction and reproductive organs including an introduction to the concept of FGM
  • Grooming
  • Sexual intercourse and consent
  • Pregnancy and childbirth
  • Coping with loss
  • STIs, HIV and Aids
  • Intimate relationships
  • Sexual assault
  • Abusive and unhealthy relationships
  • Coercive relationships
  • How substances influence risky sexual behaviour
  • Domestic abuse and support available
  • Being a young parent

Parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of the RSE provided at the academy except for those parts deemed as compulsory and included in the statutory National Curriculum.

If a parent wishes their child to be withdrawn from RSE lessons, they should put in writing which aspects of the programme they do not wish their child to participate in and send this to the academy addressed to the Head of PSHE. The academy always complies with the wishes of parents in this regard and will provide appropriate sources of information for parents who wish to withdraw their children.

If a parent withdraws their child from topics that are not included in the statutory National Curriculum then the academy will make alternative arrangements for the student.