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PSHE ensures that when students leave Oaks Park High School, they do so with the knowledge, understanding and tools needed to be able to play an active role in today’s society and become good British citizens who are knowledgeable about modern life and the risks they might face in our developing and ever changing society. They are taught and encouraged to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. Students are supported in making effective decisions, positive learning, career choices and in achieving economic well being. Students are provided economic education, which includes topics such as managing your money, debt, interest and tax and student finance, so students are prepared for life after school. Students are also provided with opportunities to reflect on, clarify their own values and attitudes, and explore the complex and conflicting range of values and attitudes encountered now and in the future. Students will also develop inter and intra personal skills allowing them to develop teamwork and personal skills along with key employability skills. PSHE focuses on the child and helps them make informed decisions on their physical and mental health, relationships and emotions.

At Oaks Park we have a PSHE curriculum, which we adapt to the current climate and include current case studies, news reports and issues making it relevant and interesting to learn about. All of our students from Year 7 to 13 have one hour of PSHE a week, to ensure that they are fully prepared for life after school. We link our curriculum with our careers team and ensure students are learning about the world of work and are exposed to the pathways available to them. Students use the platform Unifrog as a means to record their skills, competencies and work experiences throughout their secondary school and sixth form careers so they are more prepared to apply for work and further education. PSHE is an extremely important subject as it allows students to achieve their full potential by supporting their well-being and tackles issues which may impact their ability to learn.
Topics taught in PSHE are ‘spiral’ and developmental, the aim is that knowledge and understanding is built upon through the academic years. Topics are aimed at the developmental stage of students and are revised regularly to ensure they are suitable for our students. Topics come under the following 3 Core Themes of the PSHE Curriculum;

Core Theme 1 – Health & Wellbeing
This Core Theme covers mental, physical and emotional wellbeing.

Core Theme 2 - Relationships
This Core Theme covers the development of healthy relationships and incorporates the statutory requirements of Sex and Relationships Education.

Core Theme 3 – Living in the Wider World
This Core Theme covers the development of students as part of their wider community.


At key stage 3, students build on the knowledge and understanding, skills, attributes and values they have acquired and developed during the primary phase. PSHE education acknowledges and addresses the changes that young people experience, beginning with transition to secondary school, the challenges of adolescence and their increasing independence. It teaches the knowledge and skills which will equip them for the opportunities and challenges of life. Students learn to manage diverse relationships, their online lives, and the increasing influence of peers and the media.  

Year 7

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

The Oaks Park Way (Health and Wellbeing)

  • Introduction to secondary school - The Oaks Park Way
  • Team Oaks Park - Community
  • Kindness and Anti-Bullying
  • Friendship
  • Mindset and learning from mistakes
  • Study skills for secondary school

Diversity and Prejudice in Society (Relationships)

  • Friendship and bullying
  • Bullying and impact
  • Mutual Respect and Tolerance
  • The rule of the law
  • Diversity in the UK
  • My identity

Building Relationships (Relationships)

  • Healthy relationships
  • Managing conflict
  • Introduction to consent (non-sexual)
  • Relationships and the media

Developing skills and Aspirations (Living in the wider world)

  • Aspiration day
  • Step up development
  • Careers and success
  • Careers and Equal Opportunities
  • Enterprise skills
  • Team work

Health and Puberty (Health and Wellbeing)

  • Puberty and changes
  • Menstrual wellbeing
  • Drugs and physical health
  • Healthy lifestyle choices
  • Personal hygiene 
  • What is cancer?
  • Basic First Aid

Financial Decision Making (Living in the wider world)

  • Financial decision making
  • Finance and the Economy
  • Saving, Spending and Budgeting
  • Consumerism: Needs and Wants

Year 8 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Drugs and Alcohol Misuse

  • Types of drugs
  • The effect of drugs
  • Drugs and the law
  • Alcohol and Legal drugs
  • Medicines and Social Norms

Emotional Wellbeing (Health and Wellbeing)

  • Mental health and healthy coping strategies
  • Stigma in Society
  • Developing Digital Resilience
  • Unhealthy Coping Strategies
  • OCD and managing emotions
  • Mental Health Disorders
  • Infection and Antibiotics

Identity and Relationships (Relationships)

  • Puberty and relationships
  • Influences on relationship expectations
  • Sexual orientation and gender identity
  • Consent - avoiding assumptions
  • Intimate relationships
  • In a heartbeat

Discrimination in all it forms (Relationships)

  • Modern Families
  • Human Rights and Discrimination 
  • Racism and Discrimination
  • Religious Discrimination 
  • Challenging Discrimination

Community and Careers (Living in the wider world)

  • GCSE Options 
  • My future and careers
  • Equality of Opportunity
  • Employment, self employment & volunteering
  • Plans Beyond School
  • Working with others


Digital Literacy (Living in the wider world)

  • Communication and online grooming
  • Radicalisation and extremism
  • Media and Fake news
  • Financial Security and Gambling
  • Social Media


At key stage 4, as part of our spiral curriculum, students deepen knowledge and understanding, extend and rehearse skills, and further explore attitudes, values and attributes acquired during key stage 3. PSHE education reflects the fact that students are moving towards an independent role in adult life, taking on greater responsibility for themselves and others.

Year 9

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Peer Influence, Substance Use and Gangs (Health and Wellbeing)

  • Transition and expectations
  • Gang and affiliations
  • Gang crime, recruitment and risk
  • Exiting gang life
  • Knife crime in the UK
  • Defining addiction and assertive behaviour
  • Grooming, Risk and assessment

Respectful Relationships (Relationships)

  • Relationships and Privilege 
  • Family and conflict
  • Separation and divorce
  • Respect, romance and red flags
  • Successful parenting
  • Respectful Relationships

Intimate Relationships (Relationships)

  • Indecent images, media and expectations
  • Consent
  • Forms of contraception
  • Safe sex
  • Relationships and social media
  • Pregnancy and your options

Setting Goals (Living in the wider world)

  • GCSEs and Post 16 options
  • Types of employment
  • Transferable Skills and Strengths
  • Decision making and SMART targets

Healthy Lifestyle (Health and Wellbeing)

  • General health and wellbeing
  • Managing influence and body image
  • Eating disorders and healthy habits
  • Cancer and the body
  • Health care careers
  • FGM
  • Honour based violence

Living and working in the wider world

  • Employment and opportunity
  • Gender and culture
  • Class and opportunity
  • Work experience preparation
  • First Aid


Year 10 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Work experience (Living in the wider world)

  • Finding work experience
  • Workplace health and safety
  • Online profile and personal brand 
  • Employment rights for young people
  • Identifying my own skills

Healthy Relationships (Relationships)

  • Relationship and values
  • Capacity to consent
  • What is exploitation?
  • Asexuality, abstinence and celibacy
  • Types of abuse
  • Monogamy

Intimate Relationships (Relationships)

  • The body
  • FGM
  • Media and pornography
  • Pressure, persuasion and coercion
  • Managing conflict in relationships
  • Pregnancy and options

Mental Health (Health and Wellbeing)

  • Mental Health
  • What is emotional health?
  • Reframing negative thoughts
  • Recognising mental ill health
  • Promoting wellbeing
  • Media and mental health
  • Assumptions, talking and MH

Exploring Influence (Health and Wellbeing)

  • Influence and role models
  • Substance use and assessing risk
  • Substance use and managing influence
  • Seeking help and support
  • Gang culture
  • The effect drugs have on the body

Health and Wellbeing

  • First Aid

Crime and wider society (Living in the wider world)

  • Criminal responsibility
  • Life in prison
  • The legal system in the UK


Year 11

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Building for the Future (Health and Wellbeing)

  • Exam Stress
  • Stress, anxiety and depression
  • Unhealthy coping, warnings and triggers 
  • Being a resilient student
  • Study and revision
  • Literacy, communication and exams

Communication in Relationships (Relationships)

  • Consent
  • STIs
  • Contraception
  • Pregnancy and parenthood
  • Abortion, adoption and foster care
  • Growing up gay

Relationships and the world (Relationships)

  • Social media and its risks
  • Sexual Harassment and consent

Next Steps (Living in the wider world) 

  • Post 16 options and careers
  • Post 18 options and careers
  • Employability skills
  • CV writing masterclass
  • Cover letter and applications
  • Interview prep

Independence (Health and Wellbeing)

  • Real game, getting a job
  • Registering and health
  • General health
  • Basic life support


By the end of key stage 5, many young people will leave home for the first time and live independently, possibly in distant locations. There is a balance throughout our PSHE education between preparing students to manage their current lives and laying the foundations for managing future experiences. Our comprehensive curriculum ensures students continue to learn about issues with real-life relevance to them, at a crucial transition point in their lives


Year 12

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Transition and Wellbeing (Health and Wellbeing)

  • Organising your year
  • Goal setting
  • Relaxation
  • Preparing to drive
  • Travel safety (abroad)

Personal Safety (Relationships)

  • Consent
  • Miscarriage and unplanned pregnancy
  • Pregnancy, Abortion and Adoption
  • Coming out as LGBT
  • Being safe and LGBT

Women’s safety (Relationships)

  • Sexual Harassment
  • Date rape
  • Honour based violence

Careers and personal mindset (Living in the wider world and wellbeing)

  • Employment skills
  • Apprenticeships
  • Work experience
  • How to make the most of your work experience
  • Common mental health issues and strategies to help

Health and Wellbeing 

  • Alcohol misuse
  • De-escalating aggressive situations 
  • Gangs and organised crime
  • Managing emergency situations

My journey (Living in the wider world)

  • Research courses
  • Job search
  • Set up UCAS
  • Personal statements
  • Mock Interviews


Year 13

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Transition and Careers (Wellbeing and Living in the wider world)

  • Managing Stress & Y12 to 13 Transition
  • Job Applications 
  • Exam Resilience
  • Assessment centres
  • Mock Interviews

 Life at Sixth form and beyond (Health and Wellbeing)

  • Managing study/ exam stress
  • Prioritising my mental health
  • Managing mental health when starting uni/ work

Social Justice (Relationships)

  • Social justice
  • Critical race theory
  • Making the most of study leave

Personal Finance (Living in the wider world)

  • Renting or buying property 
  • Renting or buying cars
  • Pensions and retirement

Changing relationships (Relationships)

  • Respectful and assertive communication in relationships
  • Breaking up
  • Managing change in relationships
  • Living independently