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
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
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.
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.
Terms 1 & 2
Terms 3 & 4
Terms 5 & 6
Terms 1 & 2
Terms 3 & 4
Terms 4 & 5
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: