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PSHE ensures that when students leave Oaks Park High School, they do so with the knowledge, understanding and tools needed to be able to play an active role in today’s society and become good British citizens who are knowledgeable about modern life and the risks they might face in our developing and ever changing society. They are taught and encouraged to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. Students are supported in making effective decisions, positive learning, career choices and in achieving economic well being. Students are provided economic education, which includes topics such as managing your money, debt, interest and tax and student finance, so students are prepared for life after school. Students are also 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. Students will also develop inter and intra personal skills allowing them to develop teamwork and personal skills along with key employability skills. PSHE focuses on the child and helps them make informed decisions on their physical and mental health, relationships and emotions.

At Oaks Park we have a PSHE curriculum, which we adapt to the current climate and include current case studies, news reports and issues making it relevant and interesting to learn about. All of our students from Year 7 to 13 have one hour of PSHE a week, to ensure that they are fully prepared for life after school. We link our curriculum with our careers team and ensure students are learning about the world of work and are exposed to the pathways available to them. Students use the platform Unifrog as a means to record their skills, competencies and work experiences throughout their secondary school and sixth form careers so they are more prepared to apply for work and further education. PSHE is an extremely important subject as it allows students to achieve their full potential by supporting their well-being and tackles issues which may impact their ability to learn.
Topics taught in PSHE are ‘spiral’ and developmental, the aim is that knowledge and understanding is built upon through the academic years. Topics are aimed at the developmental stage of students and are revised regularly to ensure they are suitable for our students. Topics come under the following 3 Core Themes of the PSHE Curriculum;

Core Theme 1 – Health & Wellbeing
This Core Theme covers mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.

Core Theme 2 - Relationships
This Core Theme covers the development of healthy relationships and incorporates the statutory requirements of Sex and Relationships Education.

Core Theme 3 – Living in the Wider World
This Core Theme covers the development of students as part of their wider community.


At key stage 3, students build on the knowledge and understanding, skills, attributes and values they have acquired and developed during the primary phase. PSHE education acknowledges and addresses the changes that young people experience, beginning with transition to secondary school, the challenges of adolescence and their increasing independence. It teaches the knowledge and skills which will equip them for the opportunities and challenges of life. Students learn to manage diverse relationships, their online lives, and the increasing influence of peers and the media.  

Year 7

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Transition, Study Skills & Personal Safety (Health and Wellbeing)

  • Introduction to secondary school
  • Stress Management
  • Goal setting
  • Healthy Friendships and change
  • Anti-bullying
  • Threats to safety
  • Extremism and its impact
  • Run, hide, tell
  • Basic first aid

Diversity and Prejudice in Society (Relationships)

  • Friendship and bullying
  • Bullying and impact
  • Mutual Respect and Tolerance
  • The rule of the law
  • Diversity in the UK
  • My identity

Building Relationships (Relationships)

  • Relationships and Red Flags
  • My sense of self
  • Relationships and the media
  • Consent and the law

Developing skills and Aspirations (Living in the wider world)

  • Step up development
  • Careers and success
  • Careers and Equal Opportunities
  • Enterprise skills
  • Team work

Health and Puberty (Health and Wellbeing)

  • Puberty and changes
  • Drugs and Physical Health
  • Healthy Lifestyle Choices
  • Personal Hygiene
  • What is cancer?

Financial Decision Making (Living in the wider world)

  • Financial decision making
  • Finance and the Economy
  • Saving, Spending and Budgeting
  • Consumerism: Needs and Wants
  • The Island and resilience
  • Forms of Government
  • Voting and Democracy

Year 8 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Drugs and Alcohol Misuse

  • Medicinal and Recreational drug use
  • Habit and Dependence
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, E-cigarettes and Nicotine
  • Managing Influence and Pressure
  • Promoting Positive Social Norms

Discrimination in all it forms (Relationships)

  • Modern Families
  • Human Rights and Discrimination 
  • Racism and Discrimination
  • Religious Discrimination 
  • Challenging Discrimination

Identity and Relationships (Relationships)

  • Gender Identity and Sexuality
  • Intimate Relationships
  • Consent Explained
  • In a heartbeat
  • Identity and relationships

Community and Careers (Living in the wider world)

  • My future and careers
  • Equality of Opportunity
  • Employment, self employment & volunteering
  • Plans Beyond School
  • Working with others

Emotional Wellbeing (Health and Wellbeing)

  • Mental health and healthy coping strategies
  • Stigma in Society
  • Developing Digital Resilience
  • Unhealthy Coping Strategies
  • OCD and managing emotions
  • Mental Health Disorders
  • Infection and Antibiotics
  • Puberty and Relationships

Digital Literacy (Living in the wider world)

  • Communication and online grooming
  • Radicalisation and extremism
  • Media and Fake news
  • Financial Security and Gambling
  • Social Media


At key stage 4, as part of our spiral curriculum, students deepen knowledge and understanding, extend and rehearse skills, and further explore attitudes, values and attributes acquired during key stage 3. PSHE education reflects the fact that students are moving towards an independent role in adult life, taking on greater responsibility for themselves and others.

Year 9

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Peer Influence, Substance Use and Gangs (Health and Wellbeing)

  • Transition and expectations
  • Gang and affiliations
  • Gang crime, recruitment and risk
  • Exiting gang life
  • Knife crime in the UK
  • Defining addiction
  • Grooming 

Respectful Relationships (Relationships)

  • Relationships and Privilege 
  • Family and conflict
  • Separation and divorce
  • Respect, romance and red flags
  • Successful parenting
  • Respectful Relationships 

Intimate Relationships (Relationships)

  • Indecent images, media and expectations
  • Consent
  • Forms of contraception
  • Safe sex
  • Relationships and social media
  • Pregnancy and your options

Setting Goals (Living in the wider world)

  • GCSEs and Post 16 options
  • Types of employment
  • Transferable Skills and Strengths
  • Decision making and SMART targets

Healthy Lifestyle (Health and Wellbeing)

  • General health and wellbeing
  • Managing influence and body image
  • Eating disorders and healthy habits
  • Cancer and the body
  • Health care careers
  • FGM
  • Honour based violence

Living and working in the wider world

  • Employment and opportunity
  • Gender and culture
  • Class and opportunity
  • Seven plus seven
  • First Aid


Year 10 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Mental Health (Health and Wellbeing)

  • Mental Health
  • What is emotional health?
  • Reframing negative thoughts
  • Recognising mental ill health
  • Promoting wellbeing
  • Media and mental health
  • Assumptions, talking and MH

Healthy Relationships (Relationships)

  • Relationship and values
  • Capacity to consent
  • What is exploitation?
  • Asexuality, abstinence and celibacy
  • Types of abuse
  • Monogamy

Intimate Relationships (Relationships)

  • The body
  • FGM
  • Media and pornography
  • Pregnancy and options
  • Alcohol Addiction and mental health

Work experience (Living in the wider world)

  • Finding work experience
  • Workplace health and safety
  • Online profile and personal brand 
  • Employment rights for young people
  • Identifying my own skills

Exploring Influence (Health and Wellbeing)

  • Influence and role models
  • Substance use and assessing risk
  • Substance use and managing influence
  • Seeking help and support
  • Gang culture
  • The effect drugs have on the body

Crime and wider society (Living in the wider world)

  • Criminal responsibility
  • Life in prison
  • The legal system in the UK
  • Causes of crime
  • Hate crime and free speech
  • Homelessness
  • Gang and drug use


Year 11

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Building for the Future (Health and Wellbeing)

  • Exam Stress
  • Study and revision prep
  • Literacy, communication and exams
  • Being resilient
  • Managing judgement 

Communication in Relationships (Relationships)

  • Consent
  • STIs
  • Contraception
  • Pregnancy and parenthood
  • Abortion, adoption and foster care
  • Growing up gay

Relationships and the world (Relationships)

  • Social media and its risks
  • Respectful relations and domestic violence
  • Exploitation

Next Steps (Living in the wider world) 

  • Post 16 options and careers
  • CV writing masterclass
  • CV Writing continues
  • Cover letter and applications
  • Young people and homelessness
  • Interview prep
  • Work life balance

Independence (Health and Wellbeing)

  • Real game, getting a job
  • Registering and health
  • General health
  • Cosmetic surgery and influence
  • Basic life support


By the end of key stage 5, many young people will leave home for the first time and live independently, possibly in distant locations. There is a balance throughout our PSHE education between preparing students to manage their current lives and laying the foundations for managing future experiences. Our comprehensive curriculum ensures students continue to learn about issues with real-life relevance to them, at a crucial transition point in their lives


Year 12

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Transition and Wellbeing (Health and Wellbeing)

  • Unifrog -  Introduction & Choices
  • Managing stress
  • Organisation
  • Well being and revision techniques
  • Mindset, Vision & Reframing Negative Thinking
  • Recognising mental health

Personal Safety (Relationships)

  • British Values Democracy in the UK
  • Run, Hide and Tell
  • Consent
  • Miscarriage and unplanned pregnancy
  • Pregnancy, Abortion and Adoption

British Values (Relationships)

  • Free speech and hate speech
  • Social Justice
  • Challenging extremism

Careers and personal mindset (Living in the wider world)

  • Apprenticeships
  • Careers in Maths
  • Careers in Science
  • Careers in English

Health and Wellbeing 

  • Finance, Debt and Mental Wellbeing 
  • Metacognition: using flash cards
  • Drugs
  • Prescribed Drugs

My journey (Living in the wider world)

  • Research courses
  • Job search
  • Set up UCAS
  • Personal statements
  • Mock Interviews
  • Plagiarism


Year 13

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Tackling year 13 and Metacognition (Health and Wellbeing)

  • Managing Stress & Y12 to 13 Transition
  • Wellbeing & Revision Techniques
  • Reframing Negative Thinking
  • Wellbeing and relaxation
  • Emotional wellbeing

Personal Safety (Relationships)

  • Causes of homelessness
  • Honour based violence
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Tolerating intolerance

Healthy Relationships (Relationships)

  • Relationships abuse
  • Consent
  • Sharing Sexual images
  • STIs, clinics and advice
  • Power to Perform

Personal Finance (Living in the wider world)

  • Interview skills
  • Payday loans
  • Renting or buying property and cars
  • Pensions and retirement

Life after sixth form (Health and Wellbeing)

  • Balancing work life
  • Healthy eating and obesity
  • Drugs, festivals and parties
  • Toxic and positive masculinity