Waterhead Academy

PSHCCE - Personal Social Health, Citizenship, Careers and Economic Curriculum

Our Vision

The Personal, Social, Health, Careers, Citizenship and Economic (PSHCCE) 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.

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

Our PSHCCE 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 PSHCCE curriculum also plays a vital role in keeping students safe.


Leadership of PSHCCE and Careers is overseen by Mr Wilson (Assistant Principal for Personal Development) in conjunction with Mrs Poulter (KS3 PSHCCE Lead).

KS3 PSHCCE is taught through weekly timetabled lessons and during KS4 students undertake three “drop down” days throughout the course of the academic year.

To complement the PSHCCE 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.

RSE and Health Education

At Waterhead Academy, we understand the importance of educating pupils about sex, relationships and their health, for them to make responsible and well-informed decisions in their lives.

The teaching of RSE and health education can help to prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. It allows us to promote the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at school and in the wider society.

We are clear that parents and carers are the prime educators for children on many of these matters and the school’s role is to provide our pupils with high-quality and age-appropriate teaching to support their personal development and pastoral needs.

The RSE and Health education policy outlines how the school’s RSE and health education curriculum will be organised and delivered as well as what will be taught to the various year groups. You can access a copy of this policy via the link below.

Defining Relationship and Sex Education

The DFE guidance defines RSE as “lifelong learning about physical, moral and emotional development. It is about the understanding of the importance of marriage and family life, stable and loving relationships, respect, love and care. It is also about the teaching of sex, sexuality and sexual health”. It is about the development of the pupil’s knowledge and understanding of her or him as a sexual being, about what it means to be fully human, called to live in right relationships with self and others and being enabled to make moral decisions in conscience

Working with parents and carers

  • We believe in effective communication between home and school. If parents have concerns regarding RSE and health education, they may submit these via email, or contact the school office to arrange a meeting with the Principal.

Right to withdraw

  • Parents/Carers have the right to request that their child is withdrawn from some or all of sex education delivered as part of statutory RSE.
  • Parents/Carers do not have a right to withdraw their child from the relationships or health elements of the programmes.
  • The school will respect the parents/carers request to withdraw their child up to and until three terms before the child turns 16. After this point, if the child wishes to receive RSE rather than be withdrawn, the school will make arrangements to provide the child with RSE.
  • Requests to withdraw a child from sex education will be made in writing to the Principal.

Calendar of Focus and Themes 2020-21

Related Documents

DFE Guidance

RSE and Health Education Policy

Scheme of Learning Overview Year 7

Scheme of Learning Overview Year 8

Scheme of Learning Overview Year 9

Scheme of Learning Overview Year 10

Scheme of Learning Overview Year 11