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pshe curriculum intent.pdf


Staff Members

PSHE Head of Faculty: Mr M Bridges

Prior Learning

At KS1 and 2 the aim was for students to have awareness and understanding of:

  • Families and people who care for me
  • Caring friendships
  • Respectful relationships
  • Online relationships
  • Being safe
Key Stage 3

PSHE is a cornerstone of our whole school curriculum. It encompasses the knowledge, skills and attributes that are essential for our students to become contributing members of society. It gives students the insight into issues in the wider world as well as helping them establish their own moral compass. We aim to develop and embed the understanding, knowledge and skills students require to be happy and successful in their lives now and in the future. 

Throughout our lessons, students are encouraged to question their views on themselves and the world around them in a safe and open environment; to listen to and respect other people’s views; to think of others in the community and the wider world; to learn key financial skills; and to learn how to care for their own physical, emotional and mental health as well as that of others. Students at Hadleigh follow 6 main strands of big questions throughout their schooling, continually being referred to and built upon every year. Each area forms a vital component in our pursuit to prepare our students for life. 


Our big questions are:


Year 7 :

  • How can I make sure I am healthy?
  • How can I be successful in the future?
  • What makes a good relationship?
  • How can I make sure me and my friends are healthy?
  • How do we make sure we are kind and build positive friendships?
  • What can I do to take care of myself and others in the wider world?


Year 8:

  • How can we best take care of ourselves and others?
  • How much do we know about the wider world?
  • What makes a good relationship?
  • How can we build a positive community?
  • How can we best take care of ourselves and others?
  • How can I prepare and influence the wider world?


Year 9:

  • How can we best take care of ourselves and others?
  • How tolerant are we as a society?
  • How do we stay safe in sexual relationships?
  • How can we build a better society?
  • How can I make responsible choices?
  • How can we achieve our aims now and in the future?
Key Stage 4

As part of the PSHE curriculum in Key Stage 4, students are taught the basics of first aid and resuscitation. All students also have access to gaining an additional recognised qualification in Finance through the London Institute of Banking and Finance, which can lead to an equivalent GCSE in that area. 


Key Stage 4 sees a large focus on preparing students for their future. Students in Year 10 gain valuable work experience and prepare and reflect on this during PSHE lessons. In Year 11, students have mock interviews with external employers and use their time in PSHE to write CV’s and personal statements, prepare for interviews and make post 16 applications under the guidance of their teachers. 


Year 10:

  • How can we understand and influence the wider world?
  • First Aid (What do we do in an emergency?) 
  • SRE (What does a healthy relationship look like?)
  • Finance (How do I take care of my personal finance? - LIBF Lessons in Financial Education)
  • How accepting is our society to all types of relationships?
  • How can I make responsible choices?


Year 11:

  • How can I be the best version of me?
  • How can I best prepare for my future?
  • What makes the best sexual relationship?
  • How do I wish to perceive myself and others and what can I do about it? 
  • How can we look after ourselves and others in the wider world?

Useful websites

and resources

Post-16 advice and research - https://www.unifrog.org/

Hadleigh High School Careers website - https://sites.google.com/hadleighhigh.net/careers