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PSHE at Headstart School is an integral and important part of the curriculum. The subject is delivered by the class teacher as both discrete lessons and within our inclusive curriculum. A range of teaching and learning styles are used. PSHE is delivered with an emphasis on active learning, this include the involvement of the children in discussions, investigations and problem-solving activities. We encourage the children to take part in practical activities that promotes active citizenship. Pupils are able to participate in discussions to resolve conflicts or set agreed classroom rules of behaviour.  The three core themes are covered, being: Health and wellbeing, Living in the wider world and Relationships. Our students are encouraged to develop their sense of self-worth by playing a positive role in contributing to school life and the wider community.

  • KS1 and KS2 Topics include: Rights and Responsibilities, Money, Health, Feeling and Friendships, Safety and Risk and Identity.

  • KS3 Topics include: Emotional Wellbeing, Friendships, Risk and Safety, Sex Relationship Education, Drug Education and First Aid, Financial decisions and Budgeting.

  • KS4 Topics include: Mental Health, Finances, Careers – applications process and skills for employment, Healthy Relationships , Drug Education, British Values and Health and Safety.

  • KS5 Topics include: Online safety, Relationships and Sex Education, Tackling homophobia, Transphobia and Sexism, Drug Education, Mental Health and Rights and Responsibilities in the Community.


RSE and PSHE curriculum

The RSE and PSHE curriculum at Headstart School allows for the teaching of Relationships and Sex Education as well as Personal, Social, Health and Education. A variety of topics are covered, these include: safety in forming and maintaining relationships, the characteristics of healthy relationships, how relationships may affect mental and physical health. Healthy bodies and lifestyles, including keeping safe, puberty, drugs and alcohol education, healthy minds, including emotional wellbeing, resilience, economic wellbeing and financial capability are also covered.

Headstart School aims to help prepare pupils for life in the wider community and ultimately how they can be a responsible citizen in the modern world.


‘Ofsted reports’

Personal, social and health education is highly successful. Pupils have plentiful opportunities to understand social and relationship issues. For example, a series of lessons about Black History Month prepares pupils well for life in modern Britain.


Spiritual, moral, social, cultural education (SMSC), Citizenship, British Values, the Prevent Strategy and Personal Development are evident in all areas of our broad and inclusive curriculum. We provide opportunities at Headstart School to ensure that pupils are well prepared to live in modern Britain and to positively engage.  It is our responsibility to encourage pupils to respect the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. At Headstart this responsibility is taken seriously. It is recognised that there may be occasions when our pupils face difficulties related to their special educational needs.


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