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Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE)

During our PSHE curriculum we intend to acknowledge and address the changes that young people experience beginning with the transition to secondary school, the challenges of adolescence and their increasing independence. We will teach the knowledge and skills which will equip them for the opportunities and challenges of life.

In line with our Trust values, students will learn to manage diverse relationships, their online lives, and the increasing influence of peers and the media.

Our curriculum also goes beyond the statutory content and links to wider school life by making connections with Black History Month, LGBT History Month and Mental Health Awareness Month which allows us to connect with student interests.

Following the new September 2020 government guidelines, Relationship and Sex Education is now mandatory in all secondary schools. We believe it is important that all students learn not only what abuse looks like in a relationship but also what healthy relationships consist of.  Their learning will include UK law in regard to misogyny, pressure and consent, sexual violence, equality and positive values so that young people know where they stand, what is OK and more importantly, what is not. With Relationship and Sex education students will understand how to recognise certain behaviours to prepare them for life inside and outside of the school setting.

 Key Stages 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9), 4 (Years 10 and 11) and 5 (Year 12):


Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 5


Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Year 12

Autumn 1

Transition and Safety

Transition to secondary school. Personal safety in and outside of school.

Drugs and Alcohol

Alcohol and drug misuse and pressures relating to drug use.

Peer influence, substances and gangs

Friendships, assertiveness, substance misuse and gang exploitation.

Mental Health

Mental health problems, the affects, your rights, supporting others, cultural diversity and positive changes.

Independence and Motivation

Staying positive, memory and revision, motivation, balance and health.


Change, affects, support, stress management, diversity and the media.

Autumn 2


Diversity, prejudice and bullying.


Including: racism, religious discrimination, disability, sexism and homophobia.

Respectful Relationships

Families and parenting. Conflict resolution and changes.

Respecting Others

Inclusion, diversity and discrimination, the media, extremism, slurs, stereotypes and misogyny.


Sexism, harassment, disability and the equality act, homophobia and racism.

Voting and Rights

Stop and search, voting, referendums, the Mayor of London, part-time jobs, politics.

Spring 1

Developing skills and aspirations

Careers, teamwork, goal setting, and raising aspirations.

Community and Careers

Equal opportunities and different types work.

Setting goals

Learning strengths, career options, and the GCSE options process.

Financial Decisions

Fraud, cyber-crime, budgeting, saving, bank accounts, payslips and mortgages.

Next Steps

Feedback, targets, applications, part-time work and climate change.

Local Issues

Homophobia and racism, crime, prison and rehab, poverty and homelessness.

Spring 2

Building relationships

Self-worth, friendships (including online) and boundaries.

Identity and relationships

Positive social interactions. Social media and sharing images.

Relationship and sex education Consent, contraception, STIs and expectations.

Healthy relationships

Dangers, signs of abuse, consent, online imagery, contraception and STIs.

Relationship changes

Coercion and control, break-ups, domestic violence, FGM, consent and rape.

Sex and relationships

Abuse, online dating, sexualities, the law, pregnancy and loss.

Summer 1

Health and puberty

Routines, puberty, and unwanted contact.

Emotional wellbeing

Mental health and wellbeing, body image and strategies.

Sexual relations

Sexual attraction and strong feelings. FGM, consent and the law.

Health and Safety

Bereavement, cancer checks, first aid, role models, peer pressure and exit strategies.


Gangs, knife crime, county lines, recreational smoking, alcohol awareness and gambling.

Healthy lifestyle

Diet, sugar, budgeting, recipes, fitness and alcohol.

Summer 2

Financial decision making

Saving, online spending and making financial choices.

Digital literacy

Online safety, digital literacy, media reliability and gambling.

Employability skills

Work experience and online presence.

Work experience

Opportunities, CVs, interviews, LinkedIn, adverts, workplace expectations, preparing for Y11.


Budgeting and travel

Savings and investments, overdrafts and loans, renting and holidays.

 PSHE is taught within three core themes: Relationships, Health and Wellbeing, and The Wider World. Students will experience PSHE teaching once a fortnight at KS3, then weekly at KS4 and 5. As a legal requirement, we cover Relationship, Sex and Health Education at KS3, 4 and 5. However, guardians are able to withdraw their students from sex education, following a consultation and a formal information evening arranged by the Head of PSHE.  This is held yearly, and you will receive an invitation via Parent Mail.

As a School, we strongly believe that PSHE and personal development does not only happen within the core curriculum, which is why we have planned a variety of celebrations throughout the year to support this learning. These celebrations are driven through drop days/sessions, pastoral sessions, assemblies and cross-curricular activities.


Celebration Theme


Festival of Learning:

Celebrating the School’s history and ensuring we are ready to learn.


Black History Month:

Celebrating historical figures, diversity and exploring discrimination.


Anti-Bullying Month:

Celebrating acceptance, care and understanding.


Cultures at Christmas:

Acknowledging and learning about how different cultures celebrate.


Chingford Foundation’s Culture:

Celebrating the different cultures our students embody.


International Women’s Day:

Understanding gender divides and supporting our community.


Cancer Awareness Month

Supporting local charities and raising awareness.


World Hunger:

Completing the Race Against Hunger and fundraising for the Trussell Trust.


Mental Health Awareness Month:

Raising awareness and supporting one another.



Celebrating the community and learning about being an ally.


Green/Plastic Free Month:

Exploring environmental issues and our own school space.

Further information: 

Please see below links for further information on the learning journey within PSHE:

PSHE Learning Journey Key Stage 3

PSHE Learning Journey Key Stage 4

PSHE Learning Journey Key Stage 5