The Academy’s PSHE syllabus combines topics commonly explored as part of the academy’s leadership and citizenship programme. Pupils will learn about their rights and responsibilities, both as individuals and as part of the wider community, and will explore many of the issues faced by young people – both in and outside of the school environment. Pupils will learn about democracy and the rule of law, the English legal system, and gain an understanding of the political landscape and the importance of fundamental British values.

In PSHE lessons, pupils will also be taught practical life skills, such as how to manage their money effectively, how to budget and save, how to plan for their future careers and harness their entrepreneurial skills, how to foster positive and supportive relationships with others, and how to safeguard their physical and mental health.

Curriculum Overview: PSHE
Year 7 Year 8
  • Mental health and well being
  • Transition to secondary school
  • Developing skills and aspirations
  • Careers, teamwork and enterprise skills, and raising aspirations how to establish and manage friendships, how to improve study skills.
  • Diversity, prejudice, and bullying
  • Health and puberty
  • Healthy routines, influences on health, puberty, unwanted contact, and FGM
  • Building relationships
  • Self-worth, romance and friendships (including online) and relationship boundaries
  • Financial decision making
  • Saving, borrowing, budgeting and making financial choices
  • Mental health and well being
  • Community and careers
  • Equality of opportunity in careers and life choices, and different types and patterns of work
  • Alcohol and drug misuse and pressures relating to drug use
  • Discrimination in all its forms, including: racism, religious discrimination, disability, discrimination, sexism, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Mental health and emotional wellbeing, including body image and coping strategies
  • Identity and relationships
  • Gender identity, sexual orientation, consent, ‘sexting’, and an introduction to contraception
  • Digital literacy
  • Online safety, digital literacy, media reliability, and gambling hooks


Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Mental health and well being
  • substance misuse (alcohol), and gang exploitation, unhealthy and healthy social groups
  • Respectful relationships
  • Families and parenting, healthy relationships,
  • conflict resolution, and relationship changes
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Diet, exercise, lifestyle, balance and healthy choices and first aid
  • Intimate relationships
  • Relationships and sex education including consent, contraception,
  • the risks of STIs, and attitudes to pornography
  • Employability skills
  • Employability and online presence, careers.
  • Mental health and well being
  • Financial decision making
  • The impact of financial decisions, debt, gambling and the impact of advertising on financial choices. Healthy relationships
  • Relationships and sex expectations, myths, pleasure and challenges, including the impact of the media and pornography Exploring influence
  • The influence and impact of drugs, gangs, role models and the media, County Lines, Knife crime. Addressing extremism and radicalisation
  • Communities, belonging and challenging extremism Work experience/careers
  • application forms, apprenticeship, entrepreneurs, personal branding
  • Mental health and well being
  • Next steps Application processes, and skills for further education, employment and career progression, Barclays life skills . year 11 to 12 transition.
  • Communication in relationships
  • Personal values, assertive communication (including in relation to contraception and sexual health), relationship challenges and abuse
  • Independence Responsible health choices, and safety in independent contexts, first aid, cancer, healthy eating/lifestyle,
  • Families Different families and parental responsibilities, pregnancy, marriage and forced marriage and changing relationships. County Lines
Enrichment Offer

Pupils have access to a wide range of leadership and civic activities to support and enhance their learning, including community service projects, charitable initiatives and campaigns and the opportunity to stand as a representative for their year group as part of the Pupil Council.