KS3 & KS4

Today’s children and young people are growing up in a rapidly changing world, full of opportunities but with few guarantees. PSHE education is the school subject which prepares them for life and work in this changing world, helping to keep pupils safe, healthy and boosting their life chances. There is strong evidence that, when delivered by trained teachers in line with best practice, this ‘curriculum for life’ is popular with parents and helps children and young people to protect themselves and others both online and offline, improves their physical and emotional health, and develops character, resilience, academic attainment and employment prospects, with the greatest benefits experienced by the most disadvantaged pupils.

A spiral programme will revisit themes, gradually extending thinking, expanding knowledge and developing skills, rather than providing a series of ‘one-off’ topics which research evidence shows is unlikely to have a long term impact.

Topic areas may be adapted to ensure the content and timing is relevant and appropriate to the ethos of our school and the needs of the students.

Autumn 1

Health and wellbeing

Autumn 2

Living in the wider world

Spring 1


Spring 2

Health and wellbeing

Summer 1


Summer 2

Living in the wider world

Transition to secondary school

Diet, exercise and how to make healthy choices

Enterprise skills and introduction to careers

Challenging career stereotypes and raising aspirations

Diversity, prejudice and bullying, including cyber bullying

Managing on- and offline friendships

The risks of alcohol, tobacco and other substances

Managing puberty and the issues of unwanted contact and FGM

Self-esteem, romance and friendships

Exploring family life

Making ethical financial decisions


Saving, spending and budgeting our money

First Aid and personal safety, focusing on road safety

Alcohol and drug misuse and managing peer influence

Rights and responsibilities in the community

Tackling age and disability discrimination

Tackling racism and religious discrimination, promoting human rights

Online safety and digital literacy

Mental health and emotional wellbeing, including body image


Managing change and loss

Introduction to sexuality and consent

Introduction to contraception including condom and the pill

Evaluating value for money in services


Risks and consequences making financial decisions

Peer pressure, assertiveness and risk, gang crime

Dieting, lifestyle balance and unhealthy coping strategies

Understanding careers and future aspirations

Identifying learning strengths and setting goals as part of the GCSE options process

Managing conflict at home and the dangers of running away from home

Tackling homophobia, transphobia and sexism

Managing peer pressure in relation to illicit substances

Assessing the risks of drug and alcohol abuse and addiction

Relationships and sex education including healthy relationships and consent

The risks of STIs, sexting and pornography

Planning and carrying out an enterprise project

Reflecting on learning skills development in KS3

Transition to KS4 and developing study habits.

Mental health and ill health, tackling stigma.

Understanding the causes and effects of debt

Understanding the risks associated with gambling

Tackling relationship myths and expectations

Managing romantic relationship challenges including break ups

Exploring the influence of role models

Evaluating the social and emotional risks of drug use

Understanding different families and learning parenting skills

Managing change, grief and bereavement

Preparation for work experience

Evaluation of work experience and readiness for work

Promoting self-esteem and coping with stress

Learning and revision skills to maximise potential.

Understanding the college application process and plans beyond school

Skills for employment and career progression

Personal values and assertive communication in relationships

Tackling domestic abuse and forced marriage

Health and safety in independent contexts

Taking responsibility for health choices

British values, human rights and community cohesion

Challenge extremism and radicalisation