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The PSHE curriculum for sixth form (including elements of relationships and sex education and careers, advice and guidance) is drawn from the PSHE Association Programme of Study also incorporating key concepts of citizenship. It is delivered over a two year rolling programme with different aspects linked to the core components covered each year. There are recurring themes of current affairs, mental wellbeing and planning for the future that remain a focus throughout the two year programme.

Since September 2022, PSHE is also taught via a one hour timetabled session each fortnight, in addition to the sixth form tutor program, assemblies and three off-timetable sixth form Pastoral Days. This allows students to explore some topics in greater depth within smaller groups.

Our core components

Fundamental British Values

Drugs and alcohol education

Emotional health and wellbeing

Sex and relationship education (RSE)

Nutrition and physical activity

Economic understanding, enterprise and personal finance

Personal safety

Careers education and the UCAS process

Living in the wider world


The aims of our PSHE curriculum

  • To support every student to become a confident, healthy, considerate and responsible young adult
  • To help equip each student with the knowledge and skills to make informed choices
  • To provide students with opportunities for extended reading
  • To provide students with an opportunity to debate, share opinions and present facts
  • To provide opportunities for students to reflect on their own learning and achievements
  • To help students identify their own personal development targets
  • To develop skills of enquiry and communication

Year 12

In year 12 our focus is initially on making a smooth transition into post 16 study and providing students with the skills to learn independently, set and track their own academic targets and manage their time effectively.

Through the year, other areas are covered such as healthy eating, drug & alcohol awareness, debating, personal finance and first aid.

This is underpinned by a wider strategy of embedding effective study habits and oracy skills which enable students to become articulate and well informed.

Year 13

In year 13, support and advice in selecting and applying for university places or employment are a major focus, along with careers advice and exposure to a range of available post 18 options. In addition to this, the students receive practical advice on how to revise, exam technique and how to manage stress, with the option to discover meditation & relaxation techniques. 

What is covered in our curriculum?*

The timing of some topics may vary depending on the availability of external speakers.

Year 12 Year 13

Terms 1 & 2

  • Developing a sixth form mindset
  • Mental and physical health and wellbeing 
  • Personal safety including: online safety; knife crime; safe driving; drugs awareness and county lines; ‘safe partying’  
  • SRE: sexting and sexual harassment (including reporting sexual harassment) 

Terms 3 & 4

  • Revision techniques 
  • LGBT
  • Celebrating diversity 
  • Medical ethics
  • SRE: consent; body positivity; coercive relationships; contraception and safe sex

Terms 5 & 6

  • UCAS, careers and next steps 
  • Extremism 
  • Forced marriage
  • FGM
  • Democracy

Terms 1 & 2

  • UCAS, careers and next steps 
  • Staying safe online and offline
  • Mental health and wellbeing 
  • First aid

Terms 3 & 4

  • Revision techniques 
  • Stress management: meditation and relaxation techniques 
  • Finance and budgeting 
  • Tolerance 
  • SRE: pornography addiction; what is ‘good sex’; STI’s

Terms 4 & 5

  • UCAS careers and next steps 
  • Revision techniques

In addition to this, each year 12 tutor group has a six-week block of 'life skills'. This allows students to study some aspects of PSHE in a smaller group and in greater depth. It allows them to develop some practical skills such as changing a car tyre or starting a fire - skills they wouldn't have time to do during registration period or during the pastoral days. 

External agencies that support the delivery of PSHE at KS5

External speakers are used to enhance the delivery of PSHE in the sixth form. All external speakers deliver in line with our safeguarding procedures. They:

  • are suitably vetted prior to being booked 
  • are qualified to deliver PSHE sessions at KS5
  • are supervised by a member of staff at all times when on school premises 
  • understand the contribution they make to the broader PSHE programme
  • are aware of the school ethos and values

We use the following external agencies to support our delivery: