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Summary of Outcomes

Year 7

In Year 7 PSHE, students undergo a comprehensive journey fostering personal development and social understanding. The curriculum guides them through the transition to a new school, emphasising resilience, emotional management, and effective, healthy coping mechanisms. Topics include recognising and combatting bullying, ensuring online safety, and understanding the consequences of image sharing. Students are introduced to the entrepreneurial world, honing skills in problem-solving, communication, and teamwork, in creating and pitching ideas. Emphasis is placed on health and well-being, covering healthy lifestyle choices, and navigating changes during puberty. The importance of positive relationships is explored, encompassing qualities, behaviours, and the significance of consent. Additionally, students delve into community dynamics, developing skills in decision-making and understanding the essentials for community survival.

Year 8

In Year 8 PSHE, students build upon the foundational knowledge acquired in the previous year, delving into more intricate aspects of personal and social development. The curriculum explores themes such as responsible digital citizenship, discrimination, and making informed choices. Students engage with the democratic process, understanding voting systems and political parties. They tackle challenges related to discrimination, prejudice, and inequality, developing solutions, and promoting tolerance and mutual respect. The importance of online safety is emphasised, with students learning to recognise and address issues such as online grooming and misleading information. The curriculum also guides students in setting aspirations and challenging stereotypes, preparing them for future endeavours. Knowledge about unhealthy choices, including risks associated with substances, is imparted, and students develop skills to make informed decisions in various situations.

Year 9

In Year 9 PSHE, students engage in a comprehensive exploration of critical topics for personal and social development. They navigate the complexities of family conflicts and online sexual harassment, acquiring skills in assertive communication and making informed choices. The curriculum delves into risk management, addressing the dangers of peer pressure and the reasons behind carrying knives, fostering decision-making and assertiveness. Students prepare for the future by exploring diverse employment and career pathways, setting realistic goals, and understanding transferable skills. Emphasis is placed on the intricate relationship between physical and mental health, promoting the development of healthy coping strategies and digital resilience. Students also tackle intimate relationship dynamics, dispelling myths about consent and understanding the importance of safe practices. As the academic year concludes, a focus on real-world readiness includes exploring employment rights and responsibilities, honing employability skills, and managing one's personal brand online.

Year 10

In Year 10 PSHE, students engage in a comprehensive exploration of topics crucial for personal and societal well-being. The curriculum addresses relationship myths, focusing on sex expectations and media influences. Students develop skills to recognise unhealthy situations and make informed choices in peer-to-peer online interactions. The exploration of influence delves into qualities of role models, drug misuse laws, and understanding positive and negative influences. Financial literacy takes centre stage, with lessons on planning, budgeting, and making informed choices as informed citizens. A focus on mental health fosters empathy, emotional intelligence, and coping strategies. The curriculum also covers crime and terrorism, equipping students with the ability to make informed choices and respond confidently in various situations. The year concludes with practical life skills, including evaluating readiness for parenthood, understanding family dynamics, and preparing for work experience, ensuring students are confident and equipped for their transition to adulthood.

Year 11

In Year 11 PSHE, students focus on essential skills and knowledge crucial for their transition into adulthood. The curriculum begins with an exploration of communication in relationships, empowering students to recognise and address various forms of abuse and harassment. Building for the future involves understanding the importance of a career, choosing the right path, and developing key employability skills. Managing risk in situations equips students with strategies to manage stress, make informed choices, and prioritise mental well-being. The emphasis on preparing for GCSEs ensures students are well-equipped for academic challenges. The exploration of independence underscores the importance of self-organisation, confidence-building, and making informed choices as they prepare for the next steps in their educational and professional journey. The year concludes with a consolidation of skills, emphasising resilience, responsibility, and progression.

Year 12 and 13

In Year 12 and 13 PSHE, students embark on a transformative journey geared towards developing independence and resilience. The curriculum begins with a focus on becoming independent learners, equipping students with essential study skills, recognising coercive control, and fostering a smooth transition to higher education. The subsequent term delves into independent living skills, addressing challenges such as moving out and navigating the pressures of social media, all while utilising tools like Unifrog and MOOCs. As students’ progress, they explore and debate topical issues, honing their ability to critically analyse and consider multiple perspectives. The theme of fertility raises awareness about parenthood, unintended pregnancy, and the proper use of contraception. The curriculum also guides students in making informed decisions about post-sixth form destinations, understanding values in relationships, and preparing for various application processes. The year culminates with a focus on choices and pathways, encouraging students to set realistic goals, evaluate next steps, and navigate career pathways effectively.