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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 wellbeing.  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. 

Year 7

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Transition, Study Skills & Personal Safety

  • Introduction to secondary school
  • Stress Management
  • Study skills
  • Goal Setting
  • Bullying and Healthy Friendships
  • Personal Safety in & outside school
  • Run, Hide and Tell
  • First Aid
  • Emergency situations and lockdown

Diversity and Prejudice in Society

  • Rights and responsibilities
  • British Values
  • Challenging prejudice and discrimination
  • Signs and effects of bullying
  • How to support victims of bullying and discrimination

Building Relationships

  • Self-worth and self-efficiency
  • Positive and healthy relationships
  • Challenging Media Stereotypes
  • Consent  
  • Relationship boundaries

Developing skills and Aspirations

  • Careers aspirations
  • Future goals
  • Problem solving and Teamwork
  • Enterprise and Communication

Health and Puberty

  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Mindfulness
  • Managing physical and emotional changes
  • FGM
  • Dental hygiene
  • Addiction

Financial Decision Making

  • Financial Choices
  • Budgeting and borrowing money
  • Consumerism and Saving
  • Managing Risk

Year 8 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Drugs and Alcohol Misuse

  • Medicinal and Recreational drug use
  • Habit and Dependence
  • Alcohol, Tobacco, E-cigarettes and Nicotine
  • Managing Influence and Pressure
  • Promoting Positive Social Norms

Discrimination in all it forms

  • Protected Characteristics
  • Self-worth and confidence
  • Transphobia 
  • Gender Based Discrimination
  • Race and Religion Discrimination
  • Disability Discrimination in society
  • LGBTQ+ discrimination

Identity and Relationships

  • Positive behaviours
  • Gender identity and sexual orientation
  • Consent and the Law
  • Effectively communicating consent
  • Risks of sending images
  • Introduction to contraception

Community and Careers

  • Equal Opportunities Act 2010
  • Discrimination in work and pay
  • Employment and self employment
  • Voluntary Work
  • Career options
  • GCSE and post 16 options

Emotional Wellbeing

  • Attitudes to mental health
  • Challenging Myths and Stigma
  • Digital resilience
  • Managing your emotions
  • Positive and Healthy Coping Strategies
  • Awareness of unhealthy coping strategies 
  • Influence of the media
  • Body Image

Digital Literacy

  • Online communication
  • Social networking and safety
  • Grooming and forms of exploitation
  • Cyber crime
  • Financial security
  • Risk of Gambling