Our aim is to enable our young people to become responsible learners and active, caring citizens, who can contribute to our school and the wider community so, ultimately, they lead happy and successful lives. One of the ways in which we do this is throughout our rigorous personal development offer. The Academy’s personal development programme is designed to promote the emotional, social and health development of our young people and is sequenced progressively over 5 years. Our PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic) and RSHE (Relationships, Sex and Health education) curriculum is delivered through assemblies, tutor time and within Philosophy for Learning (P4L) lessons.


Pupils will acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. Our PSHE curriculum aims to enable students to become healthy, safe, independent, responsible members of society who demonstrate respect and tolerance and who are prepared to face and manage the challenges and opportunities of an ever-changing modern Britain. The PSHE curriculum provides opportunities for students to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter.

We deliver this content by returning to 3 core themes, deepening knowledge and understanding at each stage:


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


PSHE education helps students to know how they can support each other, manage their own behaviour and get help for themselves or their friends when they need it, therefore supporting positive behaviour and attitudes.



We define RSHE as the fundamental building blocks to equip pupils with making safe, informed and healthy choices as they progress through adult life. We value personal safety, caring for others and building respectful relationships as well as friendships throughout school and in the wider community. Within RSHE pupils will cover:

Relationships education: building positive and healthy relationships with friends and family members, respect for others, online relationships, positive emotional and mental wellbeing and staying safe.

Sex education: considering aspects such as consent, healthy choices, contraception and STIs.

Health education: teaching the characteristics of good physical health, healthy eating and mental wellbeing. As well as recognising basic first aid and the changing adolescent body.







  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • British values
  • Rules and laws
  • Human rights
  • Equality Act and Protected characteristics
  • Social injustice
  • Homophobia
  • Disablism
  • Racism
  • Influences, success, skills & targets
  • What’s a career?
  • Puberty, the changing adolescent body and menstrual wellbeing
  • Personal hygiene
  • Tooth decay
  • First aid: bleeding
  • Friendship
  • Bullying (including cyber)
  • Online safety – grooming etc
  • Family and parenting
  • Consent
  • Equality



  • Post 16 options
  • World of work
  • Job roles
  • The future of work and LMI
  • Future choices
  • Looking after your money
  • Charity
  • Prejudice and discrimination
  • Islamophobia
  • Risky behaviour
  • Peer pressure
  • Balanced lifestyle
  • Body image
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Sleep
  • Mental wellbeing
  • First aid: asthma and allergies
  • Moral Decisions
  • Relationships and consent
  • FGM
  • Safety online
  • Hate crimes and radicalisation
  • Road and water safety
  • Gambling
  • Weapons and gangs


  • Active citizens
  • Healthy v unhealthy relationships
  • Domestic violence and abuse
  • Exploitation and grooming
  • What next after 16?
  • Your future in the North East
  • How can you make the most of your money?


  • Resilience and emotional wellbeing
  • Happiness
  • Recognising mental ill health and when to help
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Reframing negative thoughts
  • Mindfulness
  • First aid: choking and head injuries
  • Basic life support
  • Responsible health choices: personal hygiene, vaccinations, blood, organ and stem cell donation
  • Cancer awareness and self-examination
  • Consent and delaying sexual activity
  • Contraception and teenage pregnancy
  • STIs
  • Social injustice
  • Punishment
  • Euthanasia and assisted dying
  • Abortion
  • Miscarriage
  • Marriage (including arranged, forced and honour-based violence)
  • Social media
  • Radical views
  • Gender identity and sexuality
  • Homophobia
  • Sexting and revenge porn
  • Dangers of pornography
  • Sexual harassment and stalking



  • Prejudice and discrimination: racial and LGBTQAI+ community
  • What do coercive, abusive and controlling relationships look like? 
  • Contentious issues: abortion, legalisation of drugs, same sex marriage and testing on animals
  • Where is the line between flirting and sexual harassment? 
  • Drugs (including in sport)
  • Alcohol
  • Drink driving
  • Smoking and vaping
  • First aid: Bleeding and shock and chest pain 
  • Upskirting
  • Online Grooming
  • Cyberflashing
  • Where to now? Looking forward
  • Banking services
  • Budgeting
  • Saving
  • Borrowing and debt
  • Financial risks
  • Gangs and knife crime
  • Joint enterprise
  • Exploitation and grooming
  • County lines
  • Extremism and Radicalisation
  • Cyber crime
  • Hate crimes
  • Body modifications



  • Post 16 options
  • Personal statements
  • University
  • CVs
  • Employability skills
  • Healthy sexual relationships including sexual boundaries 
  • Diversity
  • Gender equality
  • Abortion
  • Euthanasia
  • Genetic engineering
  • Fertility and creation of life
  • What are the signs of an unhealthy relationship? 
  • Coping with exam stress
  • Revision tips
  • Resilience
  • Growth mindset
  • Emotional wellbeing through life
  • Family
  • Marriage
  • Same sex marriage
  • Pre-marital sex and cohabitation
  • Family planning
  • Divorce
  • Equality: gender discrimination
  • Teenage pregnancy and parenting 
  • First aid: Choking and bone muscle and joint injuries 
  • Violence
  • Terrorism
  • Reconciliation
  • Justice
  • Toxic influencers and misogyny


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Parental resources 

Understanding Relationships, Sex and Health Education 


“Relationships and Sex Education” – What does this mean for my teen and how can I help as a parent? 


Sex Education: What parents and carers need to know: 


Child exploitation: 


'What parents need to know about online pornography' 


'Parents guide: Talking to your child about sexual harassment' 


'Parents guide for online safety' 


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