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PSHE

Our Curriculum Aims:  

Personal, social, health and economic education (PSHE) is a planned programme of learning through which young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to lead happy, healthy and successful lives. As part of a whole school approach, PSHE education at AGSB is delivered once a fortnight in an academically rigorous and challenging learning environment, where pupils are encouraged to consider and reflect upon the issues that really matter to them as individuals, family members and as citizens of wider British society.

Young people are growing up in a rapidly changing world which is full of opportunities but also has many challenges. The PSHE curriculum provides them with skills needed to navigate the complexity of their teenage years and beyond. It is vital that young people fully understand the risks posed by drugs and alcohol, the responsibility they have when it comes to consent and their digital footprint, but also the changing nature of the relationships they might have and how they can support themselves and others in times of crisis.

As a department we believe that the PSHE curriculum promotes resilience and self-esteem and encourages our young people to take responsibility for their actions and to challenge prejudice and discrimination in all forms.

Key Stage Three Curriculum Overview
Year 7

  NAME OF TOPIC KEY CONTENT OF THE TOPIC ASSESSMENT POINTS

HT 1

Introduction to PSHE: 
Emotional and physical well-being

  • How to manage anxiety and stress
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • Sleep and wellbeing
  • Mental Health Foundation’s ‘Peer Education Project’
  • Wellness diary / action plan

HT 2

Drugs: focus on smoking and vaping

  • What is the difference between medicinal, social and illegal drugs?
  • The dangers of smoking
  • The potential benefits / risk factors associated with vaping
  • E-cigarettes research project / posters

HT 3

Bullying

 

  • How can we challenge bullying?
  • What can we do to keep ourselves safe?
  • Bullying information booklet

HT 4

Communities

  • My identity
  • Prejudice and discrimination
  • Challenging stereotypes
  • Disablism  
  • Sexism and misogyny
  • Personal ancestry tree

HT 5

Relationships and sex education

  • Puberty – How our bodies, emotions and relationships change
  • Menstruation
  • Romance and relationships
  • Choices around sex
  • Tampon tax research assignment / Student workbook

HT 6

Managing money

  • The difference between credit and debit
  • Spending habits and budgeting
  • Accounts and online financial management
  • 7-day budget / evaluation
       

 Year 8

  NAME OF TOPIC KEY CONTENT OF THE TOPIC ASSESSMENT POINTS

HT 1

Online safety

  • Your online reputation
  • Social media and how to stay safe
  • Cyberbullying and online grooming
  • Student workbook
HT 2 Emotional and Physical Wellbeing
  • Resilience
  • Emotions and how to manage them
  • Personal hygiene
  • Resilience chart

HT 3

Drugs: focus on recreational drugs such as Cannabis and MDMA

  • Case study: Cannabis and MDMA
  • Case study: New psychoactive substances
  • What impact do such drugs have on individuals, relationships and wider society?
  • Research the impact of Spice in the Greater Manchester area

HT 4

Parliamentary democracy

  • What is the House of Commons?
  • The importance of parliamentary democracy
  • How are MPs elected and what is their role?
  • British values
  • Profile of your local MP - Research project

HT 5

Risk and safety

  • Gambling
  • First aid and CPR
  • Knife crime
  • Essay: ‘Should skins gambling be illegal for under 18s?’

HT 6

Relationships and sex education: facts and feelings

  • What is contraception?
  • STIs– facts and myths
  • Case study: HIV and AIDS
  • Safe sex and consent
  • Positive and healthy relationships
  • Contraception research presentations / Student workbook

HT 7

Alcohol

  • Attitudes to alcohol
  • Unit guidance
  • Risk factors and alcoholism
  • PP – Risks and dangers of alcohol

Year 9

  NAME OF TOPIC KEY CONTENT OF THE TOPIC ASSESSMENT POINTS

HT 1-2

Young people and the law

  • What is crime and justice?
  • The criminal justice system
  • Social Justice and social exclusion: The London riots
  • Understanding knife crime
  • Produce a multimedia analysis of the London riots – e.g. film, podcast etc

HT 3 - 6

Relationships and sex education

  • Healthy and respectful relationships
  • Marriage and the legal status of other long-term relationships
  • Sexual consent, street harassment and sexual assault
  • LGBTQ+ inequality
  • Gender identity
  • Coercive control and abusive relationships
  • Pornography – its impact on young people and their relationships
  • Sexting and the sharing of images
  • Independent research record: blogs, articles, film and podcasts

Key Stage Four Curriculum Overview 

Year 10

  NAME OF TOPIC KEY CONTENT OF THE TOPIC ASSESSMENT POINTS

HT 1

Alcohol and healthy choices

  • Alcohol medical guidance and the law
  • Binge-drinking
  • Minimum alcohol pricing research project

HT 2

Being safe (part one)

  • Forced marriage
  • Honour based violence
  • FGM
  • Student workbook

HT 3

Ethical consumerism

  • What does it mean to be an ethical consumer?
  • The human and environmental impact of ‘fast fashion’
  • Food wastage and the rise of food banks
  • Black Friday and the impact of advertising
  • Ethical consumerism essay

HT 4

Emotional wellbeing and mental health

  • Emotional wellbeing and mental health
  • Dealing with stress
  • Managing grief and bereavement
  • Mental health school action plan

HT 5

Being safe (Part two)

  • Sexting/sharing of explicit images
  • Pornography
  • County lines
  • County lines student workbook

HT 6

Relationships and Sex Education

  • Parenting skills and family life
  • Different types of relationships and sexualities
  • Contraception and STIs
  • Safe sex and chemsex
  • STIs information leaflet

HT 7

Identity and community

  • Identity
  • British values focus:
  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • The tripartite system of UK democracy
  • Self-directed study task on three British values

Year 11

  NAME OF TOPIC KEY CONTENT OF THE TOPIC ASSESSMENT POINTS

HT 1

Body image

  • Body image, men and the media
  • Body shaming
  • Clean eating and restrictive diets
  • Eating disorders
  • Eating disorder group projects / presentations

HT 2

Exam Stress

  • What are the symptoms and signs of stress?
  • What can we do to cope with exam stress?
  • Mindfulness and breathing exercises
  • Exam preparation / study skills
  • Revision preparation
  • Revision action plan / target setting

HT 3

Men’s health

  • Testicular/ prostate/ penile cancer
  • Skin cancer signs and symptoms
  • Self-examination, screening and vaccinations
  • Orchid charity poster and information booklet

HT 4-5

Relationships and sex education

  • Strategies for identifying and managing sexual pressure
  • The relationship between drug and alcohol misuse and risky sexual behaviour
  • How to access sexual reproductive health advice and treatment
 

HT 6

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GCSE Exams