Sex & Relationship Education and PHSE

During Year 7 your son/daughter will have 2 x 1 hour sessions with two internally appointed trained members of staff to discuss healthy relationships, and about the changes faced when growing up both physically and mentally. 

This is recapped in more detail in Y8 with the same members of staff delivering 3 x 1 hour sessions, also incorporating internet safety and social media. 

During Year 9 your son/daughter will have 4 x 1 hour sessions with the BigTalk Education team. These can include personal safety and risk taking; relationships and sexuality; infections and protection; relationship and parenthood 

Years 10 & 11 have Year group Road shows, the topics for this year are: 

Y10 Girls - Sexual Exploitation, Abusive Relationship and Consent

Y10 Boys - Sexual Exploitation, Abusive Relationship and Consent

Y11 - Final recap of contraception, STIs and relevant information

PSHE (linked to SRE)


What is PSHE?

PSHCE is Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education and is linked to the SRE education. SMSC is spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and British Values education is the understanding of the fundamentals of British values; democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.

These wider curriculum strands help young people to develop their personal wellbeing, with knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive, fulfilled, capable and responsible lives. It has a keen focus on the social and emotional aspects of effective learning, such as self-awareness, managing feelings, motivation, empathy and social skills. It encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices. The skills developed enable young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes, and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future. It helps young people embrace change, feel positive about who they are and enjoy healthy, safe, responsible and fulfilled lives. Citizenship education gives people the knowledge and skills to understand, challenge and engage with the main pillars of our democracy: politics, the economy and the law.

Year 7 to 10 PSHCE  

PSHCE lessons are taught over 2 x30 minutes weekly. These are designed to support the PSHE that is delivered through the wider curriculum. Learning is encouraged by the use of drama, debate, video, literacy and numeracy. Every student is encouraged to respect and value themselves and other members of the group.

Each year group will cover 5 topics over the course of the year. Covering a range of topics that fit within these 8 strands:

  • Health
  • Risk
  • Relationships
  • Loss
  • Change
  • Career choices
  • Personal finance
  • Citizenship

Through a planned programme of study, we aim for our students to:

  • Be equipped with the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live healthy, safe, productive, fulfilled, capable and responsible lives;
  • Be given opportunities to gain confidence in expressing ideas and feelings in an articulate, appropriate manner;
  • Be able to make more responsible decisions or choices about their health, relationships, lifestyle, careers;
  • Be aware of the responsibility they have to be active citizens;
  • Understand the social, political and economic implications of their own choices and others. Both locally and nationally.


Year Group

Topics Covered


Settling in & Bullying taught in the 1st half term before   other topics start.

Citizenship: Community and identity


Citizenship: fair trade

Healthy Lifestyles and first aid

Enterprise: real life numeracy


Sense of self

Citizenship: managing money 

Citizenship: Law and Justice

Who am I; from body image to eating disorders

Enterprise: Fantastic Futures, numeracy


Humberside Police’s Prevent module

Citizenship: Liberty and freedom

Citizenship: government

Moral thinking

PSHE through literacy.


Drugs, alcohol and smoking

U-xplore (careers)

Economy and Tax

Mental Health

Wider Issues; covering identity, gender, bereavement 

In addition to this your son/daughter will also have a 30mintute lesson of independent study time once a fortnight.  This self-regulated learning ensures that our students have a firm understanding of their own learning. Motiving students to take responsibility of their own learning.  During these sessions students will cover topics such as revision skills and how mange work load.

Outside speakers are also brought in to cover areas such as Fire and Road safety. Whole Academy Enrichment days are also put aside to further embed a deeper understanding of topics covered during lessons, tutor and assemblies

Year 11

PSHCE during this important year, focuses on mental health, wellbeing, post 16 and lifelong learning/careers. Running alongside focussed intervention this will be enriched with study skills and revision techniques to prepare our students for their GCSE exams. To enable this to happen Y11 are split into Y11 tutor groups.
PSHCE runs alongside our tutor programme and is timetable as follows:      

PSHCE runs alongside our tutor programme.