Why is PSHE important?

From making responsible decisions about alcohol to succeeding in their first job, PSHE education helps pupils to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up. It helps students develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society. PSHE education helps children and young people to achieve their potential by supporting their wellbeing and tackling issues that can affect their ability to learn, such as anxiety and unhealthy relationships. PSHE education also helps pupils to develop skills and aptitudes - like teamwork, communication, and resilience - that are crucial to navigating the challenges and opportunities of the modern world, and are increasingly valued by employers.

What is the aim of the PSHE curriculum at Oaklands? 

The aim of the PSHE curriculum at Oaklands is to help pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage life’s challenges and make the most of life’s opportunities. PSHE education addresses key issues such as teenage pregnancy, substance misuse, unhealthy eating, lack of physical activity and emotional health. The PSHE programme also aims to tackle barriers to learning, raise aspirations, and improve the life chances of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils.

How is the curriculum in PSHE structured? 

At KS3 students will gain a general understanding of the main aspects of the PSHE curriculum They will look at key RSE issues and develop the understanding and skills needed to address these issues. They will gain a deeper understanding of their identity, relationships, rights, responsibilities and lifestyle choices which lead to a healthy life. At KS4, the focus is on extending the “spiral program” of study, looking in more detail around the key themes of “Health and Wellbeing”, “Relationships” and “Living in the Wider World”. 

Topics covered in Year 7

  • Bullying

  • puberty

  • relationships

  • rights and responsibilities

  • respect 

  • diversity 

  • healthy lifestyles

Topics covered in Year 8 

  • Drug awareness and addiction

  • racism

  • prejudice and discrimination

  • human rights and refugees

Topics covered in Year 9 

  • Homelessness

  • refugees and asylum seekers

  • adolescence and relationships (STI’s, contraception, safe/healthy relationships, teenage pregnancy)

  • the world of work

  • human rights

Topics covered in Year 10

  • Tackling homophobia

  • community cohesion and religion

  • rights and responsibilities

  • democracy

  • the environment

  • the world of work 

Topics covered in Year 11

  • Careers
  • knife crime
  • relationships and sexual health
  • community cohesion
  • the law
  • managing time 
  • exam preparations