Intent: The Big Ideas in PSHE at Atherton High.

Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education is the school subject through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.

PSHE education develops the qualities and attributes students need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.

Atherton High has taken a thematic approach to Secondary PSHE education, covering all of the three core themes, over six half terms:

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Relationships
  • Living in the Wider World

The curriculum has been designed in a way that Years 7-10 will be working on the same core theme at the same time. In Year 11, the focus will be on building knowledge and practical skills developed lower down the school, which will assist their transition to the next stage of their education, training and employment. We lay the foundations of the themes of the curriculum in Year 7 and build on these themes each year in an age appropriate way. The content covers all areas of the Statutory Guidance for PSHE and SRE curriculum (September 2020). The curricular content ensures there are plenty of opportunities for students to develop knowledge, skills and attributes, through a programme that is relevant and appropriate to the ethos of the school, the needs of our pupils and most importantly developing our students ready for life after Atherton High.

PSHE at Atherton High is a wide and varied curriculum, it seeks to engage students through the study of topics that are less abstract than traditional academic subject and relevant to their daily lives. The curriculum is extremely extensive, from Relationships & Sex Education (RSE) to preparing for future careers; PSHE allows a safe space, with students being taught by their form tutors, whom have a pastoral duty of care to their students and have built positive relationships with their students over an extended period. This delivery model facilitates the discussion of sensitive topics and students feel comfortable to engage in sensitive and controversial subject matter and to ask questions.

What is taught in Statutory PSHE?

Relationship & Sex Education (RSE): families; respectful relationships, including friendships; online & media, being safe, intimate and sexual relationships, including sexual health; sexual harassment and how it will not be tolerated in the school and wider community; and peer on peer abuse.

Health Education: mental wellbeing; internet safety and harms; physical health & fitness; healthy eating; drugs, alcohol and tobacco; health & prevention; basic first aid; changing adolescent body.

In addition to statutory guidance, our PSHE curriculum is planned using national health data, local authority health data and our knowledge of student’s needs highlighted in pupil and parent voice.

Knowledge Organisers

Learning Journeys

“Studying PSHE helps us to be successful in life once we leave school and it also helps us to understand and cope with bad things that come our way”.