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PSHE aims to enable pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe and prepare for life and work in modern Britain. At Freemen’s our Programme of Study for PSHE follows the guidelines provided by the PSHE Association which groups the topics into three core themes: Health and Wellbeing, Relationships and Living in the Wider World. PSHE education incorporates health education, relationships education/RSE and economic wellbeing and careers.

PSHE at Freemen's aims to develop skills and attributes such as resilience,          self-esteem, risk-management, team-working and critical thinking.

PSHE is taught throughout the school following a spiral curriculum. In KS2 Personal, Social and Health Education topics are introduced at an appropriate level in the Junior School. These topics will be revisited and further developed as Personal, Social, Health and Economic education (KS3, KS4 and KS5), in the Upper Junior School, Senior School and again in the Sixth Form. 

Junior School

Form 1 (Year 3) to Lower 3 (Year 6) have two timetabled 30-minute lessons each week, delivered by their form teachers or another Junior School teacher. Each year group follows the Jigsaw scheme which is a unique, spiral, progressive and effective scheme of work, aiming to prepare young people for life, helping them really know and value who they are and understand how they relate to other people in this ever-changing world. This programme contributes significantly to the British Values and SMSC agendas. Pupils are given a voice enabling them to understand and express their feelings in a safe environment. Every year group studies the same unit at the same time at its own level, lending itself to a whole Key Stage 2 approach.

In Form 1 to Lower 3 the topics covered are:

Being Me in My World, Celebrating Difference, Dreams and Goals, Healthy Me, Relationships and Changing Me.

Upper 3 (Year 7) and Lower 4 (Year 8) pupils have a timetabled one-hour lesson each week, taught by PSHE teachers. Already we have seen the benefits of this as it allows more time for discussions and activities which help our pupils develop their knowledge, language, skills, attributes, and strategies necessary to manage issues should they encounter them in their lives. 

In Upper 3 the topics covered are:

Transition and Safety, Developing Skills and Aspirations, Diversity, Health and Puberty, Building Relationships and Financial Decision Making.

In Lower 4 the topics covered are:

Drugs and Alcohol, Community and Careers, Discrimination, Emotional Wellbeing, Identity and Relationships and Digital Literacy.


Senior School

Upper 4 (Year 9), Lower and Upper 5 (Year 10 and 11) students have a timetabled one-hour lesson each week, taught by PSHE teachers. Lower 5 students can develop their research and presentation skills by undertaking an independent project in the Summer Term.

In Upper 4 the topics covered are: 

Peer influence, Substance Use and Gangs, Setting Goals, Respectful Relationships, Healthy Lifestyle, Intimate Relationships and Employability Skills.

In Lower 5 the topics covered are:

Mental Health, Financial Decision Making, Exploring Influence, Healthy Relationships and Addressing Extremism and Radicalisation.

In Upper 5 the topics covered are:

Building for the Future, Next Steps, Communication in Relationships, Independence and Families.


Sixth Form

Students in Lower 6 and Upper 6 have a timetabled one-hour lesson every fortnight, taught by PSHE teachers. 

In Lower 6 the topics covered are:

Transition into Sixth Form, Managing Risk and Personal Safety, Setting Goals, Personal Finance, Relationship Values, Consent, Bullying, Abuse and Discrimination, Personal Health and Wellbeing, Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing, Financial Choices, Sexual Health, Contraception and Parenthood, Media Literacy and, Wellbeing and Managing Stress.

In Upper 6 the topics covered are:

Financial Choices, Student Loans and Planning Expenditure, Substance Use, Consent, Presentation Skills and Interviews, Exam Anxieties and Managing Stress, Body Image, Equality and Inclusivity, Bullying, Abuse and Discrimination, Managing Risk and Personal Safety, Healthy Lifestyles, Sexual Health, Financial Advice, Digital Resilience and, Wellbeing and Managing Stress.

Assemblies and External Speaker Programme

Topics covered in PSHE will often be complemented by assemblies and tutor time activities. The topics covered in assemblies and by external speakers vary from year to year to reflect the relevant issues of the day. Examples of some topics include:

  • E-safety
  • Equality – gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, religion/belief
  • Positive relationships
  • Resilience
  • Bullying
  • Emotional wellbeing
  • Financial Decisions

For further information please contact Philippa Whiteley (Head of PSHE) at: