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Head of Department: Mr Unsworth

Teacher of PSCHE: Mr Unsworth


At Finch Woods Academy the intent of our ‘PSCHE Curriculum’ is to deliver a curriculum that allows our pupils to develop their understanding of the world around them, relationships, their own health and well-being for adulthood life.

We provide our pupils with opportunities to learn about their own rights, responsibilities and what it means to be a member of a growing diverse society.

We aim to give our students the knowledge, skills and the understanding to lead confident independent lives. We provide innovative lessons that provide our students will the skills and attributes they need to keep themselves safe, healthy and prepared for work and lifelong learning.



We believe that students who are emotionally healthy do better in and at school. PSCHE education helps children and young people achieve their potential by supporting their wellbeing and tackling issues that can affect their ability to learn, such as anxiety and unhealthy relationships.

We also use our SMSC (spiritual, moral, social and cultural development) and our British Values throughout the promotion of our PSCHE programme of study.

“There is evidence to show that PSCHE education can address teenage pregnancy, substance misuse, unhealthy eating, lack of physical, emotional healthy and other key global and economic key issues” (PSHE Curriculum, 2020: 175)


Programme of Study

As a school we have chosen to use the core themes from the PSCHE Association Programme of Study as a basis for our curriculum framework and have adapted it to reflect the context of our school and local community, and to address our pupils’ needs and stages of development.

The core themes are:

  • Health and Wellbeing – Healthy Lifestyles, Growing and Changing, Keeping Safe
  • Relationships – Feelings and Emotions, Healthy Relationships, Valuing Difference
  • Living in the Wider World – Rights and Responsibilities, Environment, Money


Key Stage 3:

Year 7: By the end of year 7, pupils will be familiar with all three themes of PSCHE. Pupils will explore the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and their future aspirations. Pupils will build & sustain positive relationships/ friendships with teachers and peers. Pupils will be exposed to living in the wider world whilst handing finance and money management.

Year 8: By the end of year 8, pupils will have developed their skills from year 7. They will have studied living in the wider world, relationships and health and well-being. In living in the wider world, they will be able to exposed extremism/ radicalisation and how it is formulated within our society. We will be exploring our own British Values and what they mean to us, they will develop their skills to their chosen career pathway and how to stay safe and knowing the importance of their digital footprint.

Year 9: By the end of year 9, pupils will have developed their skills from year 8. They will have studied British Values and the prevention of radicalisation in modern day society. In relationships, they will be able to demonstrate safe sex and use of different forms of contraception. They will be able to complete speaking & listening activities on awareness of good sexual health and how to avoid sexual transmitted infections STIs.


Pledge Activities:

  • Visit local historical/ famous landmarks
  • Healthy Breakfast Mornings
  • Reading in partnership once a week to develop reading skills


Key Stage 4:

In KS4 students are enrolled on the ‘ASDA PSHE Short Course Award’. Students have to complete eleven modules. Includes all these aspects;

Topic 1: Physical Health and Mental Well-Being

  • Mental Well-Being
  • Internet Safety and Harms
  • Physical Health and Fitness
  • Healthy Eating
  • Drugs, Alcohol and tobacco
  • Health and Prevention
  • Basic First Aid
  • Changing Adolescents Body


Topic 2: Relationships, Sex and Education

  • Families
  • Respectful Relationships, including friendships
  • Online and Media
  • Being safe
  • Intimate and sexual relationships, including sexual health


Topic 3: Living in the Wider World

  • Develop own strengths and raise aspirations
  • Extremism and intolerance violence within society
  • Social Media in society
  • Harassment in society
  • Careers and Aspirations
  • Employability
  • Human Rights and Guidance


The aims of the ASDAN PSHE Award course are to:

The Short Course accredits up to 60 hours of your personal, social, health and economic (PSHE) education activities. It provides opportunities for students to develop their PSHE knowledge and skills and use them effectively.

We aim to do this by providing theses aims:

  • Make healthy and safe lifestyle choices.
  • Gain an understanding of how to stay physically and emotionally healthy.
  • Make informed decisions about your future and your finances.
  • Appreciate that relationships take many forms.
  • Build strong, appropriate and respectful relationships.


Eleven modules:

  • Emotional Wellbeing
  • Keeping safe and healthy
  • Social Media
  • Alcohol
  • Tobacco and Drugs
  • Sexual Health
  • Respectful Relationships
  • Families and Parenting
  • Financial Choices
  • Careers and your future
  • Living in modern Britain


Pledge Activities:

  • Educational Visits from health and wellbeing advocates
  • Preparing a healthy eating planner (fruit kebab making)
  • Attend Open Day at University to promote further education/ higher education

Curriculum Overview 

For a more detailed look at what we aim to cover within the PSCHE Curriculum this year:

PSHCE Curriculum