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Key Stage 3

During Key Stage 3, pupils learn about themselves as growing and changing individuals and as members of their communities with more maturity, independence and power. Through PSHE, they are helped to become more self-aware and capable of increasingly sophisticated moral reasoning. They take greater responsibility for themselves and become more aware of the views, needs and rights of people of all ages. They build on the experience, confidence and competence they developed in Key Stage 2, learning new skills to help them make decisions and play an active part in their personal and social life. They learn how to plan and manage choices for their courses and future careers. They continue to develop and learn more about how to maintain a healthy lifestyle, and cope well with their changing bodies and feelings. They also learn to cope with changing relationships and how these can affect their health and well-being. They are encouraged to make the most of new opportunities to take part in the life of the school and its communities.

Modes of Delivery

In Years 7-9, pupils are taught PSHE in one designated lesson a fortnight. PSHE topics are also covered in form time, supporting our 'Themes of the Week'.

Year 7

  • Unit 1Developing a supportive learning environment During this six lesson module, the focus is on settling into school and managing pupils’ worries at this important time
  • Unit 2Bullying and creating a safe environment In the second module of six lessons, pupils explore issues relating to bullying and personal safety
  • Unit 3 – Relationships and Sex Education An introductory three lesson module which focusses on understanding the changes your body goes through during puberty
  • Unit 4 – Drugs Education Three lessons which look primarily at smoking but also introduces some of the general issues surrounding drug use

Year 8

  • Unit 1 – Relationships and Sex Education In this six lesson module the focus in on relationships, different types of relationships and how relationships develop over time. Issues relating to contraception are also introduced
  • Unit 2 – Careers: the Real Game Pupils embark on a careers investigation in this six lesson module. Pupils investigate their ‘dream’ job and the practicalities of life associated with this including training and financing
  • Unit 3 – Drugs Education Six lessons, during which the focus is on understanding alcohol and the consequences that alcohol misuse can have

Year 9

  • Unit 1 – Drugs Education This seven lesson module covers issues relating to different types of drugs, the consequences of drugs use and drugs and the law
  • Unit 2 – Careers Education Pupils work in groups to assume a career. In six lessons they research and live in this role, following up with a presentation to the class. This also links into discussions about option choices and future careers aspirations
  • Unit 3 – Relationships and Sex Education In this seven lesson module, pupils explore issues such as contraception, body image and stereotyping
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