PSHE & Citizenship

Information for Parents

Under the DFE ‘Relationships and sex education (RSE) and Health Education 2019/ updated September 2021 you are entitled to withdraw your child/ren from certain elements of the sex education provision. However, this does not apply to the ‘Relationship’ or ‘Healthy’ Education provision, because it is important that all children receive this content, covering topics such as friendships and how to stay safe.

If you do not wish for your child to take part in some or all of the Sex Education lessons delivered, you can ask that they are withdrawn. To discuss and consider your request please contact the PSHE Lead Miss K. Lewis on 01384 816015

Year 7

PSHE - Health and relationships

  • How to manage transition

  • How to assess and manage risks to health and to stay, and keep others, safe.

  • How to identify and access help, advice and support

  • How to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships

  • Personal safety and protection, reducing risk and minimising harm in different settings (including social settings, the street and during travel).

PSHE - Relationships and Well Being

  • How to develop and maintain a variety of healthy relationships within a range of social/cultural contexts.

  • How to deal with risky or negative relationships including all forms of bullying (including the distinct challenges posed by online bullying) and abuse, sexual and other violence and online encounters.

  • Factual information about legal and illegal substances, including alcohol, volatile substances, tobacco and cannabis.

  • The importance of taking increased responsibility for their own personal hygiene.

PSHE - Well Being

  • Managing loss including bereavement, separation and divorce

  • Recognise that the way in which personal qualities, attitudes, skills and achievements are evaluated by others, affects confidence and self-esteem.

  • What constitutes a balanced diet and its benefits.

Citizenship - Rights and responsibilities

  • Rights of a child.

  • Legal age and responsibilities.

  • Local government (council) services

  • Councillor

  • Create a campaign

Citizenship - Democracy and Justice

  • Youth Parliament

  • Student Council

  • Democracy

Citizenship - Identities and Diversities

  • Personal Identity

  • Diversity (local, national and global)

  • Disability

Year 8

Citizenship - Democracy and Justice

  • Causes of law breaking

  • Aims of punishment

  • Judiciary roles

  • Members of Parliament

  • General Elections

Citizenship - Identities and Diversities

  • Regional and national differences

  • Charities

  • Culture and tradition within the UK

Citizenship - Global Community

  • Commonwealth

  • European Union

  • World Health Organisation (WHO)

PSHE - Living in the wider world

  • Identify own strengths, interests, skills and qualities as part of the personal review and planning process, including their value to future employability.

  • The laws relating to young people's permitted hours and types of employment.

  • Gambling (including on-line)and its consequences, why people might choose to gamble and how the gambling industry encourages this

PSHE - Health and wellbeing

  • Benefits of physical activity and exercise and the importance of sleep.

  • Personal and social risks and consequences of substance use and misuse, including the benefits of not drinking alcohol (or delaying the age at which to start)and the benefits of not smoking including not harming others with second-hand smoke.

PSHE - Relationships

  • Contraception, including the condom and pill.

  • Importance of friendship and to begin to consider love and sexual relationships in this context

  • Understand what expectations might be of having a girl/boyfriend.

  • To learn about the law in relation to consent (including the legal age of consent for sexual activity, the legal definition of consent and the responsibility in law for the seeker of consent to ensure that consent has been given).

Year 10

Citizenship - Identities and Diversity

  • Multiculturalism

  • Ethnicity and racism

  • Asylum and Migration

Citizenship - Rights and responsibilities

  • Employment rights

  • Consumer rights

  • Animal rights

  • Social Networking

Citizenship - Democracy and Justice

  • Law making

  • Political Parties

  • Democracy vs dictatorship

  • Types of Government

PSHE - Relationships

  • Accessing and the correct use of contraception, negotiating condom use, reinforcing and building on learning in Key Stage 3

  • Recognise the impact of drugs and alcohol on choices and sexual behaviour

  • How to access such organisations and other sources of information, advice and support

  • Develop an awareness of exploitation, bullying and harassment in relationships

PSHE - Health and wellbeing

  • Characteristics of emotional and mental health and the causes, symptoms and treatments of some mental and emotional health disorders (including stress, anxiety and depression)

  • Strategies for managing mental health including stress, anxiety, depression, self-harm and suicide, and sources of help and support

  • About STIs, including HIV/AIDS, how to protect themselves and others from infection and how to respond if they feel they or others are at risk

  • Personal safety and protection, reducing risk and minimising harm in different settings (including social settings, the street, on roads and during travel)

PSHE - Living in the Wider World

  • Unacceptability of all forms of discrimination, and the need to challenge it in the wider community including the workplace

  • Work Experience

  • Rights and responsibilities at work (including their roles as workers, and the roles and responsibilities of employers and unions)

  • Recognise and manage the influences on their financial decisions

Year 11

Citizenship - Identities and diversity

  • Stereotypes and divisions in society

  • Extremisim

  • Gang Culture

  • Discrimination

Citizenship - Democracy and justice

  • Pressure groups

  • United Nations

  • NATO

  • Private vs Public sector

  • Effectiveness of the criminal justice system

Citizenship - Rights and responsibilities

  • Global Warming

  • Sustainable Development

  • Agenda 21

  • Big Brother Society


  • Teenage Parenthood

  • The role of sex in the media and its impact on sexuality

  • Diversity in sexual attraction and developing sexuality, including sources of support and reassurance and how to access them


If you have any questions regarding the PSHE or Citizenship Curriculum at The Wordsley School, please contact Miss K Lewis (Assistant Curriculum Achievement Lead) on (01384) 816015.