PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)

PSHE at Manor Drive Secondary Academy encompasses the guidance issued by the PSHE Association which also covers Statutory Guidance from the Department for Education of what must be covered in schools and meets the good quality standards set out:

RSE Good Quality Standards

How they are met

  1. Is an identifiable part of our PSHE education curriculum, which has planned, timetabled lessons across all the key stages.

Students have 2, 30 minute lessons per week, delivered by their form tutor. Lessons are mapped against the PSHE Association framework to ensure a broad and varied curriculum.

  1. Is taught by staff regularly trained in RSE and PSHE (with expert visitors invited in to enhance and supplement the programme where appropriate)

The PSHE Lead oversees and plans the lessons to ensure quality and consistency. Visitors from iCASH, Safer Schools PC, Road safety, Aspire, Water safety come into lessons to deliver and enhance the programme. From summer term year 9 upwards, iCASH will also run the HYPA clinic on a lunchtime for students to drop in and see specialists with sexual health, drugs.

  1. Works in partnership with the parents and carers, informing them about what their children will be learning and about how they can contribute at home.

The PSHE Lead communicates with parents to inform them of key lessons such as puberty and RSE lessons. At key points information and guidance is sent home to parents such as internet safety, choices with further education, support with options. PSHE curriculum is on the school Website. Parent feedback is encouraged to ensure the curriculum is working in the best interests of their child. Parents are encouraged to contact the PSHE lead with any questions about the content delivered.

  1. Delivers lessons where pupils feel safe and encourages participation by using a variety of teaching approaches with opportunities to develop critical thinking and relationship skills.

PSHE teachers have consistent ground rules for each lesson. These are embedded at the start of the year and reminded of during lessons, particularly when focussing on sensitive issues. Students are encouraged to think and form their own opinions. Students reflect at the end of the lesson to show progress. Students are assessed termly on not only their knowledge and understanding, but also their skills, attributes and attitudes.

  1. Is based on reliable sources of information including about the law and legal rights, and distinguishes between fact and opinion.

Legitimate websites and ones supported by the PSHE association are used along with government websites. Facts are given such as legal age, law on consent, law on inappropriate photographs of minors, abuse, FGM, drugs, alcohol. Students are given links to organisations who can support.

  1. Promotes safe, equal, caring and enjoyable relationships and discusses real life issues appropriate to the age and stage of pupils, including friendships, families, consent, relationship abuse, sexual exploitation and safe relationships online.

The PSHE curriculum is based on the 3 core strands of the PSHE Association programme of study to ensure all areas are addressed in all Key Stages.

The PSHE association framework is divided into content for KS3 and KS4. The curriculum has a  proactive approach to prevent issues from occurring due to being well educated and informed to make healthy safe decisions.

  1. Gives a positive view of human sexuality, with honest and medically accurate information, so that pupils can learn about their bodies and sexual reproductive health in ways that are appropriate to their age and maturity.

Teachers have received RSE training from the PSHE Lead. Resources are used from reputable sources such as Big Talk Education, PIXL and other reputable organisations.

  1. Gives pupils opportunities to reflect on values and influences (such as from peers, media, faith and culture) that may shape their attitudes to relationships and sex, and nurtures respect for different views.

Students are encouraged in lessons to form their own opinions, question others’ opinions in a constructive respectful manner and to listen to all viewpoints. They are taught early on in Key Stage 3 about media influence, peer pressure and society.

  1. Includes learning about how to get help and treatment from sources such as the school nurse and other health and advice services, including reliable information online.

Students from summer term of year 9 will be informed about the HYPA clinic on a lunchtime where iCASH nurses are available. Reputable websites are signposted to students in the appropriate lessons.

  1. Fosters gender equality and LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans) equality and challenges all forms of discrimination in RSE lessons and in every day school life.

Students have received HBT bullying assemblies. Students are educated in Key Stages 3 and 4 on diversity and tolerance. There is a Diversity support group which runs on a Friday lunchtime.

  1. Meets the needs of all pupils with their diverse experiences- including those with special educational needs and disabilities.

Teachers are aware of students with SEN, pupil premium, looked after children, and those who may struggle with certain content due to their life experiences. Students are clear on their rights in the classroom if they find a topic challenging.

  1. Seeks pupils’ views about RSE so that teaching can be made relevant to their real lives and assessed and adapted as their needs change.

Students have an assessment every term where they can feedback their views and to ask any unanswered questions. Surveys are also sent out to seek students’ views in the form of student council and tutor time.


PSHE is a dedicated lesson twice a week delivered by trained staff to deal sensitively with a wide range of topics. Lessons are adapted to ensure they are age appropriate for the content.

PSHE deals with real life situations which affect our children, families and communities. We are passionate about equipping our students to be responsible, well informed, resilient and compassionate individuals who personally develop through the PSHE programme.

PSHE is a major contribution towards:


  • Safeguarding education for children
  • Promoting health and wellbeing
  • Promoting personal and social skills leading towards employability
  • Increasing independence and responsibility for themselves
  • Tolerance and resilience for themselves and others


PSHE is also about forming positive collaborative relationships with parents and carers to enable them to feel confident addressing a wide range of sensitive issues with their own child. We feel it is important to engage with parents so they feel comfortable to seek advice and support where necessary, free from judgement.


Year 7


Transition to secondary and emotional health, Positive relationships, bullying and intolerance, equality and disabilities, racism, LGBTQ diversity, online safety, finance and budgeting, careers, road safety, personal safety, puberty, healthy living, smoking and vaping, alcohol 1, drugs 1,


Year 8


Peer pressure, cyber bullying, online safety, sexting, body image and the media, self-esteem, emotional health, sleep, harmful viewing, healthy relationships, relationship breakdown and loss, alcohol 2, drugs 2, guess the professional


Year 9


First aid, Immunisation, vaccination and antibiotics, emotional health problems, emotional health strategies, addiction, cancer awareness, Year 9 options and choices, Relationships and Sexual Education scheme of work (consent, risks, relationships, sexuality, infection and protection, pregnancy and parenthood) sexting, careers and adult living


Year 10


Diversity, stereotypes and prejudice, FGM, child sexual exploitation, relationships and marriage, relationship abuse, consent, Impact of pornography, contraception and sti’s, Pregnancy and unplanned pregnancy, foetal alcohol syndrome, cost of a child, good parenting, breast and testicular cancer


Year 11


Personal statement and CV, interview preparation, mock interviews, post 16 options, consent, sextortion, gambling, substance use and personal safety, blood, organ stem cell donation, personal finance, tax and national insurance, coping with change



Students are assessed once a term to ensure lesson content has been understood, embedded and to track progress. Students evaluate and reflect on what they have learnt each lesson so we can monitor the effectiveness and the impact of each lesson. Student Voice is used to give students the opportunity to have their concerns and opinions raised for ongoing lesson development. Baseline assessments are used to gauge skills, knowledge, attitudes and attributes. Additional input into the PSHE curriculum is through assemblies, guest speakers, collapsed days, visits and trips.