Dear Parents and Carers, 

As a part of your child’s education at Writhlington school, we promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education programme. 

PSHE education is the curriculum subject that gives young people the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live safe, healthy, productive lives and meet their full potential. Students take part in lessons which will focus on the relationships and sex education (RSE) aspect of this programme. RSE lessons are age appropriate and include relevant areas including: Healthy relationships, including friendships and intimate relationships; families; growing and changing, including puberty; personal hygiene; changing feelings; becoming more independent; keeping safe and consent; developing self-esteem and confidence. 

Pupils will also have opportunities to ask questions that help prepare them for relationships of all kinds in the modern world. PSHE education is taught throughout the school in every year group and is monitored and reviewed regularly by the staff and governing body. Please see below for more detail about our PSHE curriculum. All PSHE teaching takes place will take place in a safe learning environment and is underpinned by our school ethos and values.

PSHE education is a school subject through which students develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepared for life and work. PSHE has an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for students, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged.

Our PSHE Curriculum aims to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, teamworking and critical thinking in the context of three core themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world (including economic wellbeing and aspects of careers education).

The national curriculum also states that ‘all schools should make provision for personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE), drawing on good practice’. PSHE education contributes to schools’ statutory duties outlined in the Education Act 2002 and the Academies Act 2010 to provide a balanced and broadly-based curriculum and is essential to Ofsted judgements in relation to personal development, behaviour, welfare and safeguarding. The relationships and health aspects of PSHE education and is compulsory for all schools from September 2020.

How can PSHE education benefit students?

PSHE education helps students to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage life’s challenges and make the most of life’s opportunities.

There is evidence to show that PSHE education can address teenage pregnancy, substance misuse, unhealthy eating, lack of physical activity, emotional health and other key issues. PSHE can also tackle barriers to learning, raise aspirations, and improve the life chances of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged students.

How does PSHE education help schools to meet their statutory duties?

Under section 78 of the Education Act 2002 and the Academies Act 2010, schools must provide a ‘balanced and broadly-based curriculum’ which promotes ‘the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of students at the school and of society, and prepares students at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life’.

PSHE education makes a major contribution to schools fulfilling this duty.

Schools also have duties in relation to promoting student wellbeing and student safeguarding (Children Act 2004) and community cohesion (Education Act 2006). Paragraph 41 of statutory guidance on Keeping Children Safe in Education, the Department for Education states that ‘schools should consider how children may be taught about safeguarding, including online, through teaching and learning opportunities. This may include covering relevant issues through PSHE…’

Relevant issues which may be covered in PSHE education include: child sexual exploitation and other forms of abuse, sharing of sexual images, the impact of online pornography on students, the dangers of extremism and radicalisation, forced marriage, honour-based violence and female genital mutilation.

The Equality Act 2010 also places duties on schools not just to address prejudice-based bullying but also to help to prevent it happening, and in doing so to keep protected characteristic groups safe. PSHE education, with its focus on identity and equality, can help schools to fulfil this duty.

It is now a statutory requirement that PSHE is delivered in school and so you will see that PSHE will be delivered in different ways at Writhlington School. Firstly, in weekly tutor sessions and secondly via a team of teachers in the same way as any other curriculum subject.

PSHE Timetable

WeekYear 7Year 8Year 9Year 10

One Lesson Every Two Weeks
Year 11

One Lesson Every Two Weeks
1 What is PSHE?

Stepping Up to Secondary School
What is Democracy?

What is democracy?
Drugs & Other Stuff

Attitudes towards drugs
Health & Wellbeing

Ground Rules
Relationships & Sex Education

Consent and Ethical Relationships
2What makes an outstanding learner?Entitlement to Vote
Drugs PresentationsHate CrimeWhat is "Good Sex"?
3What is PSHE?How to get electedSmokingHow harmful is binge drinking?Contraception
4What communities am I a member of?Mock ElectionAlcohol: the truth
Managing anxiety,
including social anxiety
5What are British Values?Assessment / DirtWhy do people drink alcohol?
Managing grief and
Pregnancy and parenting
6What is friendship?What rights and responsibilities do we have?

What is a citizen?
What do I do if someone collapses due to misuse of drugs?Social Media and Self EsteemPlanet Porn vs Planet Reality
7How do I build positive relationships?Rights and ResponsibilitiesCounty LinesAssessment / DirtAssessment / Dirt
8Introducing CyberbullyingHow should people be punished?Why do teens get involved in knife crime and what are the consequences?
Putting the men in 'mental health'.Health, Wellbeing and the Wider World

Alcohol and drugs at clubs, festivals and parties
9Assessment / DirtRights, responsibilities and the communityAssessment / DirtLiving in the Wider World

Anti-Social Behaviour
Cyber Crime and Online Fraud
10What is citizenship?

What is democracy?
Rights and Responsibilities - The Equality ActLiving in the Wider World

What is online radicalisation and why is it a problem?
County LinesGambling and Online Gaming
11Local GovernmentAssessment / DirtWho are some of the different extremist groups?Knife CrimeThe Digital Footprint
What can the local government do for you? What can you do for yourself?
Money, money, money

How can I successfully manage my money?
How can we prevent radicalisation and extremism?How the criminal justice system worksPersonal Safety
13Local problems - Local solutions
Creating a personal budgeting plan
What is a cult? How is it different to a religion?Fake news and critical thinkingFirst Aid/ CPR
14Assessment / DIRTSavings, loans and interest ratesCareers Options Choices
Year 9 Options
FGMAssessment / Dirt
15Health & Well Being

Healthy Lifestyles
Using the Right Financial Products for YouMy Top 10 Career ChoicesSexually Exploitative Relationships - CSEGattaca Pt 2

Designer babies/social cleansing
16Puberty Making Ethical Financial DecisionsCareer PilotAssessment / Dirt
17Optional - Circle TimeHow can we keep financially savvy and avoid debt?Assessment / DirtMarxism and Social Control
18Mood SwingConsumers and the Law - what are my rights?Relationships and Sex Education

The Only Way is Ethics

How do we know what is right?
Feminism and Sexism
19What are Periods?Assessment / DirtWhat is Sex?What is Ethics?Fish Are Friends; Not Food?
20The Importance of SleepHealth and Wellbeing

How dangerous are drugs and what are the different types?
Body Parts and Sex TalkWhat on Earth have we done?Equality
21A Balanced DietSmoking and VapingWhat are the different STIs? What is sexual health?My Sister's Keeper Pt1Assessment / Dirt
22The Benefits of Exercise
The Truth About AlcoholLGBTQ+My Sister's Keeper Pt 2
Humans Taking the Role of God

Gattaca pt 1
23Assessment / DirtRisks of Alcohol and Drug ProblemsSafer SexThe Human CommodityHumans Taking the Role of God

Gattaca pt 2
24Drugs & Other Stuff

Drugs, School Drug Policy and the Law
What Exactly is Cancer? Is There Anything We Can Do To Prevent It?ContraceptionS.E.XGenetic Engineering
25What are Drugs?Responsible Health Choices: Vaccinations, Blood and Organ Donation Stem Cells, and HygineWhy is Pornography so DangerousAssessment / DirtMarxism and Social Control
26Why Do Most People Not Smoke?Assessment / DirtWhat is Child Sexual Exploitation and How Does it Happen?Relationships

What Does a Healthy Relationship Look Like?
Feminism and Sexism
27The Dangers of Smoking and Peer PressureRelationships:

Puperty Revisited
Assessment / DirtSex and SexualityVeganism -
Fish Are Friends; Not Food?
28All About AlcoholRelationshipsWell Being

Emotional Health Awareness
ScrewballAssessment / Dirt
29End of Unit Assessment / DirtTeenage Pregnancy

What Issues Do Young Parents Face?
Mental Health AwarenessLGBTQ+Study Leave

Looking Ahead
Consent - Like, Fancy, Love?DepressionForced and Arranged Marriage and Honour Based Violence
Study Leave
31What Am I Good At?Consent - Like, Fancy, Love?Self-InjurySexism and Gender PrejudiceStudy Leave
32What Jobs Do I Know About?How Can We Avoid Conflict At Home?AnxietyHarassment and StalkingStudy Leave
33Self Reflection - How to Sell YourselfFGMHow Can We Stay Mentally Well And Cope With Stress?Assessment / DirtStudy Leave
34Living The DreamBody ImageSelfie Safety: Why Do We Need To Be Careful Sharing Images Of Ourselves?Is This Real Life… Or Is This Just Fantasy?

The Truman Show Pt1: Plato's Cave
Study Leave
35End of Unit Assessment / DIRTAssessment / DirtAssessment / DirtThe Truman Show Pt2: Plato's CaveStudy Leave
36Staying Safe


Introduction to Careers
First Aid

Primary Survey
Plato's CaveStudy Leave
37Risky BusinessCareers: Who Gets To Do What?Recovery Position Free Will and DeterminismStudy Leave
38Planning for SafetyWhy Are Communication Skills So Important?Resuscitation Free Will and DeterminismStudy Leave
39Staying Safe OnlineWhat Does It Mean To Be An Entrepreneur?First Aid KitsFree Will and DeterminismStudy Leave
40What To Do In An EmergencyTeamwork - Why is This an Essential Life Skill and What are the BenefitsBleeding and ShockAssessment / DirtStudy Leave

Relationship & Sex Education 2021-2

Year GroupLesson focus
Year 7Health & Well being - not RSE
Healthy Lifestyles
Mood swings
What are periods
The importance of sleep
A balanced diet
The benefits of exercise
Year 8Relationships
Teenage pregnancies what issues do young parents face
Body Image
Year 9Relationships
What is sex?
Body parts & sex
What are different STI’s
What is sexual health?
Safer sex
Why is pornography so dangerous?
What is childhood sexual exploitation and how does it happen?
Year 10What does a healthy relationship look like?
Sex & sexuality
Attitudes about sex & consent
Forced marriage
Privilege sexism and gender prejudice
Stalking and harassment
Year 11Consent and ethical relationships
What is good sex?
Pregnancy and parenting
Planet porn & Planet reality

Changes to PSHE Secondary Education from September 2020

Parents will not be able to withdraw their child from any aspect of Relationships Education or Health Education.

Parents will be able to withdraw their child (This can only happen after discussion with the school – please contact Deputy Head Teacher Mrs England) from any or all aspects of Sex Education, other than those which are part of the science curriculum, up to and until three terms before the age of 16. 

? After that point, the guidance states that ‘if the child wishes to receive sex education rather than be withdrawn, the school should make arrangements to provide the child with sex education during one of those terms.’ 

Where pupils are withdrawn from sex education, schools will document the process and will ‘ensure that the pupil receives appropriate, purposeful education during the period of withdrawal.’

We of course would encourage all students to access all parts of the PSHE curriculum and see this curriculum subject as one which gives young people the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live safe, healthy, productive lives and meet their full potential.