PSHE education gives pupils the knowledge, skills, and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe and to prepare them for life and work in modern Britain.

Evidence shows that well-delivered PSHE programmes have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes for pupils, particularly the most vulnerable and disadvantaged

PSHE education is a planned program of learning through which students acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives. As part of a whole school approach, PSHE develops the qualities and attributes students need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. The program is divided into three modules of study –

  • Health and well-being
  • Relationships (RSE*)
  • Living in the wider world

All Year 7 to 11 students will have a dedicated PSHE lesson during tutor time once per week, tailored to equip them with the life skills needed to be happy and successful members of a variety of communities. PSHE is not limited to specialist lessons, it can and will be taught across a range of subjects, as well as enrichment opportunities, year group assemblies and through specialist speakers to address more sensitive or pressing issues where relevant.

*The Department for Education is introducing compulsory Relationships Education for primary pupils and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) for secondary pupils from September 2020. Also, from September 2020 it will be compulsory for all schools to teach Health Education.

We support the school’s values by developing our students’ Creativity, Responsibility and Wisdom in all of our lessons:

  • Creativity is demonstrated through a variety of teaching and learning styles that support engagement in the subject. Students are often taken out of their comfort zone in a safe environment and allowed autonomy in their completion of objectives.
  • Responsibility is commanded in PSHE where students are made aware of their own responsibilities to a variety of issues linked to our local and wider community. Students are challenged and stereotypes are broken down to ensure students start to develop the skills necessary to be a responsible member of British society.
  • Wisdom is emphasised through discussion and debate. Students and staff share own knowledge and support each other in coming to measured and balanced conclusions.

Team and roles within the department

Mr Thornton, Interim Assistant Headteacher and CTL Humanities

All form tutors of The West Grantham Church of England Secondary Academy


Autumn 1 – Health and well-being Autumn 2 – Living in the wider world Spring 1 – Relationships Spring 2 – Health and well-being Summer 1 – Relationships Summer 2 – Living in the wider world
Year 7 Transition to secondary school


Diet, exercise and how to make healthy choices

Enterprise skills and introduction to careers


Challenging career stereotypes and raising aspirations

Diversity, prejudice and bullying including cyber bullying


Managing on-and off-line friendships

The risks of alcohol, tobacco and other substances


Managing puberty and the issues of unwanted contact, up skirting and FGM

Self-esteem, romance and friendships


Exploring family life

Making ethical financial decisions


Saving, spending and budgeting our money

Year 8 First aid and personal safety, focusing on road safety


Alcohol and drug misuse and managing peer influence

Rights and responsibilities in the community


Tackling age and disability discrimination

Tackling racism and religious discrimination, promoting human rights


Online safety and digital literacy

Mental health and emotional well-being, including body image


Managing change and loss

Introduction to sexuality and consent


Introduction to contraception including condom and the pill

Evaluating value for money in services


Risks and consequences making financial decisions

Year 9 Peer pressure, assertiveness and risk, gang crime


Dieting, lifestyle balance and unhealthy coping strategies

Understanding careers and future aspirations


Identifying learning strengths and setting goals as part of the GCSE options process (2020-21)

Managing conflict at home and the dangers of running away from home


Tackling homophobia, transphobia and sexism

Managing peer pressure in relation to illicit substances


Assessing the risks of drug and alcohol abuse and addiction

Relationships and sex education including healthy relationships and consent


The risks of STIs, sexting and pornography

Planning and carrying out an enterprise project


Reflection on learning skills development in KS3


Autumn 1 – Health and well-being Autumn 2 – Living in the wider world Spring 1 – Relationships Spring 2 – Health and well-being Summer 1 – Relationships Summer 2 – Living in the wider world
Year 10 Transition to KS4 and developing study habits


Mental health and ill health, tackling stigma

Understanding the causes and effects of debt


Understanding the risks associated with gambling

Tackling relationship myths and expectations


Managing romantic relationship challenges including break ups

Exploring the influence of role models


Evaluating the social and emotional risks of drug use

Understanding different families and learning parenting skills


Managing change, grief and bereavement

Preparation for work experience (2019-20 subject to change)


Evaluation of work experience and readiness for work (2019-20 subject to change)

Year 11 Promoting self-esteem and coping with stress


Learning and revision skills to maximise potential

Understanding the college application process and plans beyond school


Skills for employment and career progression

Personal values and assertive communication in relationships


Tackling domestic abuse and forced marriage

Health and safety in independent contexts


Taking responsibility for health choices

British values, human rights and community cohesion


Challenging extremism and radicalisation



 Please click here for more information of our enrichment timetable.

Useful websites

RSE – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/relationships-education-relationships-and-sex-education-rse-and-health-education

PSHE Association –  https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/

BBC PSHE KS3 – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/ztvg9j6

BBC PSHE KS4 – https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/z3ckjxs

Links to a variety of charities and support for young people – https://www.pshe-association.org.uk/curriculum-and-resources/useful-links

Please see your teacher for further resource links.

PSHE Home Learning:

Appearance Ideals Student Activity Sheets

Appearance Ideals Student Presentation

Media Messages Student Activity Sheets 717948

Media Messages Student Presentation 717949

Confront Comparisons Student Presentation 717952

Confront Comparisons Student Activity Sheets 717951

Banish Body Talk Student Presentation 717955

Banish Body Talk Student Activity Sheets 717954

Be The Change Student Presentation 717958

Be The Change Student Activity Sheets 717957

Contact Us

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The Avenue
NG31 7PX

E-mail: office@wgacademy.org.uk
Tel: 01476 405200

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