Personal Development

Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE)

Our PSHE lead is also a Mental Health First Aider and has carefully developed schemes of work that look at educating students around stigma of mental health issues, building resilience, whilst offering advice and guidance. At key stage three students receive a timetabled lesson of PSHE regularly and at key stage four the PSHE curriculum delivery is also supported by and addressed within other areas such as Religious Studies and pastoral time. We also ensure that all national focus days and weeks are highlighted and programs available (e.g. anti-bullying week) where students have the opportunity to explore the issues in a safe and structured environment.

We also work with the Public Health Team and Warrington Youth Cafe to deliver some aspects of PSHE and also as agencies to signpost students towards. Live Wire have also had input with the delivery of drugs and smoking sessions and the provision of the education bus for students to access outside of lessons.

The PSHE curriculum is broken into three categories and covers a wide area of focus


Year 7

  1. Introduction to secondary school (year 7 transition lesson)
  2. Introduction to PSHE (introduces PSHE as a subject)
Health and Wellbeing Living in the wider world Relationships (RSE)
What do we mean by a healthy lifestyle? Health introduction   How can I keep healthy? Food groups, diet and nutrition.   Eating responsibly – food labels and health hazards   Healthy living – exercise and keeping active   Not eating healthily – what are the consequences?   What’s the big deal about energy drinks?   The dangers of cigarettes and alcohol (2 x hours)   Puberty – what happens, when and why   Periods – what happens, when and why   FGM – what is it and why is it so dangerous?   Introduction to mental health issues – depression focus.   What are drugs? Why are they dangerous? (class A, B, C)   How can we manage our anger?   Being an aspirational student   The importance of self esteem   How can we budget our money?   How can I create a personal budgeting plan? (2x hours)   What are savings, loans and interest?   What are the different types of financial transactions?   What are the different types of financial products?   How can we shop ethically?   What are wants and needs and why do we need to know the difference?   How can we enjoy social media but keep our accounts safe and private?   What is stereotyping and prejudice? Racism focus Keeping good friendships and avoiding toxic ones   Family relationships – the different types and why we don’t always get along   Love and relationships – falling in love and dealing with new feelings   Bullying or banter? Why do people bully others and how can we help stop this?   What is cyberbullying? Why do people bully on line?   How do we keep safe and positive relationships (on and off line)?   What is my personal identity and why is diversity important?   Extremism – why does radicalisation happen and how does it challenge our values?




Year 8

Health and Wellbeing Living in the wider world Relationships (RSE)
Personal development and target setting – how can I improve my skills and behaviour?   How can self-confidence boost our achievement?   How can I manage my behaviour to achieve targets and goals?   Why do teenage parents have it so tough? How can we avoid teenage pregnancy?   Stereotyping, discrimination and prejudice. Disability focus   How can we look after ourselves and others in an emergency? Personal safety and first aid   What is vaping and is this as bad as smoking?   What is mindfulness? How can this aid positive mental health?   Emotional literacy – why is self-awareness in our actions towards others so important? (2 lessons) Internet safety – what is online grooming and why must we be so careful?   How can we care for our environment and why is it changing?   Careers + development focus – how can we develop our teamwork skills?   How can we become entrepreneurs?   LGBT+ focus: homophobia (2 hours)   Finance – what is income and expenditure?   Finance – budgeting and saving personal finances   Careers + Finance – what are national insurance and income tax? Reading payslips   Why do we pay tax and how is this spent?   Stereotyping, discrimination and prejudice. Teens and the media focus How do we have safe sex and use different forms of contraception?   How do we keep good sexual health and avoid STI’s?   What is consent and why is it important we know about it?   What is sexting and why is it so risky to send personal images?   What is pornography and why can it be dangerous?   How can we prevent radicalisation and recognise the signs of extremism?   Who are the extremist groups and why are they so dangerous?   Where does extremism come from?   How do religious extremists attract converts?   Islamophobia – do Muslims really want Sharia law in \Britain?   Stereotyping, discrimination and prejudice. Religion focus   How can British Values teach us tolerance and respect for others?   Domestic conflict – why do people run away from home and why is this so dangerous?   Body image and the media part 1 with a focus on boys.  



Year 9

Health and Wellbeing Living in the wider world Relationships (RSE)
Why do we need to keep to rules in order to succeed?   How can we foster a Growth mind-set to succeed and achieve?   How can I develop interpersonal skills to help me succeed?   How can we manage the stress of school and exams?   Why do people take illegal drugs and what does the law say about drug use?   Why do people become selfie obsessed and what consequences can this have?   What are the short and long term consequences of excess alcohol drinking?   What is self-harm and why do people do this?   Why can’t some people access education?   How are we protected from prejudice and discrimination?   Mental health – how can I deal with and mange anxiety?   Acid attacks – why are these on the increase and what can we do if we witness one?   How does knife crime impact on our communities, why do teens get involved and what are the consequences? (2 hours)   How does the law deal with young offenders? (2 hours)   How can we be self-disciplined to achieve our aims at school and in the wider world?   Employability skills – preparing for and applying to the world of work and careers   What other skills do we need to develop for the work environment?   What does it mean to be ‘enterprising’ and what is an ‘enterprising personality’?   What is sustainability and why is this essential o our environment?   Navigating accounts, savings loans and financial institutions.   What rights do we have as shoppers and consumers?   How can I stay financially savvy and avoid debt?   What can we learn from successful business people and entrepreneurs?   Should we send aid to foreign countries – is aid the answer?   How can extreme views lead to human rights abuses and atrocities?   How do charities like UNICEF help across the world?   Who are the LGBT+ community and what would they like us to know?   Why are British communities so diverse? Immigration and diversity focus   What are domestic violence and abusive relationships? Healthy and unhealthy relationships   CSE – how are children and young people lured into dangerous relationships and what do these look like?   Body image and the media 2 -– focus on girls   Body image and the media 3 – does the media contribute to eating disorders?   Can we respect and celebrate British Values and the religion and culture of our choice (2 hours)   What is peer pressure – why is it so powerful and how can we overcome this?
Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School by STB