PSHE Policy

June 2020 | Governing Body | Date for review: June 2021

Persons responsible for the policy

  • Claire Croft
  • Deborah Crane

Links to other policies

  • Safeguarding
  • Behaviour
  • SEND
  • Relationships and Sex Education
  • Anti-bullying


As a secondary academy school we must provide RSE to all pupils as per section 34 of the Children and Social work act 2017.

In teaching RSE we are required by our funding agreements to have regard to guidance issed by the secretary of state as outlined in section 403 of the Education Act 1996.

At Co-op Academy Walkden we teach RSE as set out in the policy.

Description of the School

Co-op Academy Walkden serves the community of Worsley, South Walkden and Boothstown. The capacticy of the school is 1500 children aged between 11-16. The majority of students come from a white British background.

Basic Information

This policy covers our school’s approach to Personal, Social and Health eduction (PSHE). The subject will be taught as part of the planned PSHE curriculum programme in one hour a fortnight for Year 7,8, and 9 and one hour a week for Year 10 and 11. The lessons will be taught in tutor groups by form tutors. The policy was produced by C Croft and D Crane through consultation with staff, pupils and governors. Parents and carers will be informed about the policy through the updated policy. The policy is available to parents and carers online.

Aims and Objectives of PSHE

Our school’s overarching aims and objectives for our pupils are to develop their personal, social and health education. The them, as individuals, each valued in his or her own right and promoting for each pupil a positive self-image. PSHE should support pupils to acquire the skills and knowledge that will assist them to make informed choices.

  • To help pupils care about other people, to be capable of forming constructive healthy relationships and to accept responsibility for the welfare of others.
  • To help pupils to understand that there are morally, ethically and legally acceptable forms of behavior.
  • To deliver factual information relating to safer sex, healthy relationships and contraception advice for life.


PSHE is an important aspect of school life and is essential in the development of young people’s lives. PSHE education helps pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage

many of the critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face as they grow up and in adulthood.

By teaching pupils to stay safe and healthy, and by building self esteem, resilience and empathy, an effective PSHE programme can tackle barriers to learning, raise aspirations, and improve the life chances of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils. The skills and attributes developed through PSHE education support pupil academic attainment and attendance, particularly among pupils eligible for free school meals, as well as improve employability and boost social mobility.

The PSHE programme has been developed to address the needs, concerns and anxieties that face young people in their daily lives. It looks to provide a clear understanding for pupils within a positive and caring environment. It is positive in promoting responsibility for pupils’ own behavior and the consequences of their actions.

Co-op Academy Walkden will ensure the best interests of children and young people will be maintained during PSHE lessons and will encourage young pupils and young people to talk to their parents and carers about any issues they discuss.

Key Themes covered in PSHE

Health and Wellbeing


Living in the Wider World

While promoting the aims and objectives above, we will ensure that pupils are offered a balanced programme. Pupils will have opportunity to develop their understanding of the following topics through a range of activities.

The programme of study includes the following topics in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4:

Key Stage 3Key Stage 4
  Healthy Lifestyle Mental and Emotional Health Physical Health Online Safety Risk and safety Drugs and Alcohol Relationships and Sex Education Relationships Identity Managing Finances Communities  Careers Mental Health Physical Health Online Safety Risk and Safety Drugs and Alcohol Relationships and Sex Education Relationships Post 16 Managing Finances

Teaching Method

The school seeks to provide a safe, secure learning environment for PSHE that enables pupils and young people to gain accurate knowledge, develop their own values and attitudes, and develop skills to grow into happy confident successful adults. The school seeks to ensure members of staff are good role models for positive healthy relationships.

Pupils will need to feel secure and valued. In order to support this, group agreements are negotiated and established during the first lessons with form tutors. The teaching style will support the needs of the pupils taking into consideration school, home life and friends. This will allow the form teacher to provide

understanding and support for its pupils. Due to the sensitive nature of some of the issues discussed, pupils will be given an opportunity to leave the room if they need to.

Teaching will take into account the ability, age, readiness and cultural backgrounds of our young people and those with English as a second language to ensure that all can fully access the PSHE programme. Where agreed (with the SENCO) pupils with special educational needs will be supported working in small groups in a supportive environment.

The school will support members of staff delivering PSHE to access appropriate CPD.

Support and Safeguarding

The school recognizes the importance for pupils, young people, families and the workforce having access to confidential services, including health services to support their physical and emotional needs. The following issues may occur as part of PSHE lessons and staff must follow the school’s safeguarding policy if any disclosures are made. If staff have any reason to believe a pupil is at risk, they are required to report this to the Safeguarding Officer.

Pupils should be made aware that some information cannot be kept confidential and if disclosures are made then the school safeguarding procedure must be followed including putting in a note of concern and following up by referring to the Safeguarding Officer/Head of Year/SENCO/Headteacher. At the same time pupils will be offered sensitive and appropriate support.

How we will support students who are withdrawn from PSHE lessons?

If a parent requests that their son or daughter are to be removed from the ‘sex education’ (SE) lessons of PSHE, the school will provide support by ensuring they have an alternative appropriate activity to complete in the library during the lessons. If a child is withdrawn from SE lessons the school would be unable to prevent the pupil from asking their peers what they had learnt in the lesson.

Monitoring and evaluation

The evaluation and monitoring of PSHE takes place continually through learning walks during PSHE, booklet checks and pupil voice questionnaires. Pupils’ learning will be assessed during the PSHE lessons using a variety of techniques including: baseline tasks in lessons, pupil questionnaires and online quizzes. In addition to this, pupils are asked a range of evaluation questions about PSHE and are given the opportunity to review the benefits of each of the topics within the programme.

Dissemination of this policy

An overview of this policy is included in the school policy and the programme of learning is available on request to parents,carers, LEA and OFSTED.