Waterhead Academy

PSHE - Personal Social Health, and Economic Curriculum

Introduction to PSHE

Our Vision

The Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Curriculum is focussed upon developing the knowledge, skills and attributes to keep children and young people healthy and safe and to prepare them for life and work in modern Britain.

PSHE helps students to develop life skills to ensure they are well prepared to respect and contribute to the wider society and life in Britain. High expectations are set for the promotion of tolerance, understanding and appreciation of the diverse communities in which we live.

Our PSHE curriculum is designed on the three core themes identified by the PSHE Association for providing best practise within the subject and utilises a combination of quality assured resources produced by the PSHE Association and Jigsaw PSHE to support delivery.

1. Living in the Wider World

2. Health and Well-Being

3. Relationships

Through active learning opportunities pupils will learn to recognise and manage risk, take increasing responsibility for themselves, their choices and behaviours and make positive contributions to their families, schools and communities.

Mental health and emotional wellbeing run through all of the core themes. The curriculum builds students’ resilience and supports our strategy to foster core British values. The PSHE curriculum also plays a vital role in keeping students safe.


Leadership of PSHE is overseen by Mr Wilson (Assistant Principal for Personal Development), Mrs Poulter (Mental Health Lead) and the respective Head of Years. The appointed PSHE governor is Mrs Sarah Knaggs.

PSHE is taught through weekly timetabled lessons across all year groups. During KS3 students also undertake an additional weekly time-tabled Health Studies lessons. The KS3 Health Studies curriculum focuses upon the importance of maintaining individual physical and mental well-being, provides opportunities to develop knowledge and understanding associated with diet and food preparation as well as developing fundamental character and resilience skills to prepare students with the necessary strategies to embrace periods of change throughout adolescence and adulthood. (Please refer to the 2021-22 Scheme of Learning).

To complement the PSHE curriculum ‘focus weeks’ are calendared throughout the academic year and delivered in conjunction with year group assemblies inclusive of a ‘thought for the week.’

Furthermore, a range of specialist providers’ support the delivery of identified areas of the curriculum. These include the Positive Steps careers team, local colleges &educational providers, regional & national businesses, Brook clinicians, visiting guest presenters in conjunction with the Speakers for Schools Charity, along with colleagues from The British Red Cross, Department for Work and Pensions and Greater Manchester Higher.

Related Documents


Long term curriculum map

Year 7 Programme of Study

Year 8 Programme of Study

Year 9 Programme of Study

Year 10 Programme of Study

Year 11 Programme of Study