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KS5 PSHE

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 through themed weeks on a two year rolling programme with different aspects linked to the core components covered each year. 

PSHE is taught via the sixth form tutor program, assemblies, external speaker program, Google Classroom and during three off-timetable sixth form pastoral days.  The sixth form pastoral days allow students to explore topics in greater depth.  

  • Pastoral Day 1: provides an opportunity for year 12 students to visit a Higher Education institution whilst year 13 engage in various university and careers workshops.
  • Pastoral Day 2: explores mental and physical wellbeing including elements of RSE. 
  • Pastoral Day 3: focuses on employability and progression Post 18 for year 12 students. (Year 13 will have left us at this point having completed their final exams.)

All students will also take part in a compulsory Life Skills programme during year 12 where they will develop knowledge and skills in areas such as first aid training and vehicle maintenance. There are recurring themes of current affairs, mental wellbeing and planning for the future that remain a focus throughout the two year programme.

Our core components

Fundamental British Values

Drugs and alcohol education

Emotional health and well-being

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

Citizenship

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 and reading skills to 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 post18 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 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 
  • Physical health and wellbeing
  • LGBT
  • SRE: consent; body positivity; coercive relationships; contraception and safe sex

Terms 4 & 5


  • UCAS, careers and next steps 
  • Right wing extremism 
  • Forced marriage
  • FGM

Terms 1 & 2


  • UCAS, careers and next steps 
  • Diversity and identity 
  • Equality and privilege 
  • Democracy 
  • Multiculturalism 
  • Extremism 

Terms 3 & 4


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

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: