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At Lacon Childe we believe that a strong PSHE education is important to help our pupils develop into well-rounded members of society, who can make a positive contribution to their community.

PSHE is taught in three strands at Lacon Childe, as recommended by the PSHE Association:

  • Health And Wellbeing
  • Living In the Wider World
  • Relationships

Our curriculum time is one hour a week in Key Stage Three and one hour a fortnight in Key Stage Four. It is taught by form tutors. Each lesson the pupils are reminded of the classroom rules around discussing sensitive and personal material. We ensure the curriculum is broad and balanced by including a variety of activities and stimulus to engage the children.  Our curriculum is age-appropriate, using carefully chosen vocabulary to match the language used in our feeder schools. We use a variety of resources from credible non-political organisations.

At key stage 3, students build on the knowledge and understanding, skills, attributes and values they have acquired and developed during the primary phase. PSHE education acknowledges and addresses the changes that young people experience, beginning with transition to secondary school, the challenges of adolescence and their increasing independence. It teaches the knowledge and skills which will equip them for the opportunities and challenges of life. Students learn to manage diverse relationships, their online lives, and the increasing influence of peers and the media.

At key stage 4, students deepen knowledge and understanding, extend and rehearse skills, and further explore attitudes, values and attributes acquired during key stage 3. PSHE education reflects the fact that students are moving towards an independent role in adult life, taking on greater responsibility for themselves and others.


At Key Stage 3, PSHE is studied one lesson per week and in Key Stage 4, PSHE is studied one lesson per fortnight. The course following the statutory guidance for PSHE using the PSHE Association materials. There are three areas of learning in PSHE: Health and Wellbeing, Living in the Wider World and Relationships.

PSHE follows a spiral programme that introduces new and more challenging learning while building on what has gone before, which reflects and meets the personal developmental needs of the pupils. Opportunities are provided to make real decisions about their lives, to take part in activities in a supportive environment where children can draw on their personal experiences, express their views and opinions and put what they have learned into practice in their own lives.

Sex and Relationship Education

SRE is taught as part of PSHE and Science. The PSHE lessons and resources (PSHE Association) have been created in line with statutory and non-statutory curriculum guidance including:

These lessons are mapped to the DfE statutory RSE content and to the PSHE Association Programme of Study.

Supporting pupils with SEND

PSHE plays an important role for learners with SEND — rehearsing and embedding the practical skills and understanding they need to lead independent and fulfilling lives and enjoy safe and healthy relationships. The PSHE Association materials provides adapted documentation to support staff ensuring that PSHE lessons provide an inclusive environment where learners have the opportunity to explore and reflect upon issues that affect them and can develop strategies and skills to manage different real-life situations. For more information, visit the PSHE association website below:

PSHE education for pupils with SEND ( 


As a whole school we promote outstanding personal development so that students become well-educated and well-rounded young adult. We promote SMCS (social, moral, cultural and spiritual) development of students and prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. We promote good behaviour and positive character traits e.g. resilience, self-regulation and empathy. We foster good mental wellbeing in students so that they can fulfil their full potential at school and are well prepared for life.