Friesland School believes that PSHE makes an essential contribution to every student’s health, wellbeing and preparation for adult life in society. It is an integral part of the SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural) and RSE (relationships and sex education) programme of the school and is delivered across all year groups as part of the PSHE programme, assemblies, form time and enrichment lessons.

The PSHE curriculum will develop the knowledge, skills and attributes students need to keep themselves healthy and safe, and prepared for life and work. Our curriculum aims to develop skills and attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team working 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). Throughout the curriculum students are provided with opportunities to reflect on, clarify their own values and attitudes, and explore the complex and conflicting range of values and attitudes encountered now and in the future. Our curriculum will remain flexible and will appropriately reflect world events and topics relevant to our local and school community.

We want all children to grow up healthy, happy, safe and able to manage the challenges and opportunities of modern Britain. These subjects are designed to equip your child with knowledge to make informed decisions about their wellbeing, health and relationships as well as preparing them for a successful adult life. The world for all young people looks very different from the way it did 20 years ago when this curriculum was last updated by the Government – these recent changes bring the content into the 21st century, so that it is relevant for your child. There is a dedicated teaching period on your child’s timetable where these carefully planned and constructed lessons are delivered by your child’s from tutor. The Pastoral leader for each year group is responsible for overseeing these lessons. At Friesland School we will deliver the content in a way that is age and developmentally appropriate and sensitive to the needs of our students.

The RSE element aims to give young people the information they need to help them develop healthy, nurturing relationships of all kinds. During your child’s time at Friesland School the content will cover what healthy and unhealthy relationships look like and what makes a good friend, colleague and successful marriage or committed relationship. At the appropriate time, the focus will move to developing intimate relationships, to equip your child with the knowledge they need to make safe, informed and healthy choices as they progress through adult life. It also aims to give your child the information they need to make good decisions about their own health and wellbeing, to recognise issues in themselves and others, and to see support as early as possible when issues arise.

The important lessons you as parents or carers teach your child about healthy relationships, looking after themselves and staying safe, are respected and valued under this new curriculum. As a parent or carer, you cannot withdraw your child from health education or the relationships education element of Relationship and Sex Education, because it is important that all children receive this content, covering topics such as friendship and how to stay safe. If you do not want you child to take part in some or all of the sex education lessons delivered, you can ask that they are withdrawn. The headteacher will consider this request and discuss it with you, and will grant this in all exceptional circumstances, up until three school terms before your child turns 16. At this age, your child can choose to receive sex education if they would like to, and the school will arrange for your child to receive this teaching in one of those three terms (unless there are exceptional circumstances).

Please note that the Science curriculum in all mainstream schools also includes content on human development including reproduction, from which there is no right to withdraw.

PSHE Programme of Study

Year 7 – Transition and safety

Transition to secondary school and personal safety in and outside school, including first aid

Year 8 – Drugs and alcohol

Alcohol and drug misuse and pressures relating to drug use

Year 9 – Peer influence, substance use and gangs

Healthy and unhealthy friendships, assertiveness, substance misuse, and gang exploitation

Year 10 – Mental health

Mental health and ill health, stigma, safeguarding health, including during periods of transition or change

Year 11 – Building for the future

Self-efficacy, stress management, and future opportunities

Year 7 – Developing skills and Aspirations

Careers, teamwork and enterprise skills, and raising aspirations

Year 8 – Discrimination

Discrimination in all its forms, including: racism, religious discrimination, disability, discrimination, sexism, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia

Year 9 – Community and careers

Equality of opportunity in careers and life choices, and different types and patterns of work

Year 10 – Financial decision making

The impact of financial decisions, debt, gambling and the impact of advertising on financial choices

Year 11 – Next steps

Application processes, and skills for further education, employment and career progression. Exam Skills and preparation for Mock Exams

Year 7 – Diversity

Diversity, prejudice, and bullying

Year 8 – Setting goals

Learning strengths, career options and goal setting as part of the GCSE options process

Year 9 – Respectful relationships

Families and parenting, healthy relationships, conflict resolution, and relationship change

Year 10 – Healthy relationships

Relationships and sex expectations, myths, pleasure and challenges, including the impact of the media and pornography

Year 11 – Communication in relationships

Personal values, assertive communication (including in relation to contraception and sexual health), relationship challenges and abuse

Year 7 – Health and puberty

Healthy routines, influences on health, puberty, unwanted contact, and FGM

Year 8 – Emotional wellbeing

Mental health and emotional wellbeing, including body image and coping strategies

Year 9 – Healthy lifestyle

Diet, exercise, lifestyle balance and healthy choices, and first aid

Year 10 – Exploring influence

The influence and impact of drugs, gangs, role models and the media

Year 11 – Independence

Responsible health choices, and safety in independent contexts

Year 7 – Building relationships

Self-worth, romance and friendships (including online) and relationship boundaries

Year 8 – Identity and relationships

Gender identity, sexual orientation, consent, ‘sexting’, and an introduction to contraception

Year 9 – Intimate relationships

Relationships and sex education including consent, contraception, the risks of STIs, and attitudes to pornography

Year 10 – Addressing extremism and radicalisation

Communities, belonging and challenging extremism

Year 11 – Families

Different families and parental responsibilities, pregnancy, marriage and forced marriage and changing relationships

Year 7 – Digital literacy

Online safety, digital literacy, media reliability, and gambling hook

Year 8 – Financial decision making

Saving, borrowing, budgeting and making financial choices

Year 9 – Employability skills

Employability and online presence

Year 10 – Work experience

Preparation for and evaluation of work experience and readiness for work