PSHRE Curriculum Information for Parents/Carers

At Whalley Range 11-18 High School we take a whole school approach to Personal, Social, Health and Relationships Education and development. This reflects the needs of the students and the ethos of the school.

Personal and Social Education includes, PSHRE, Health Education, Citizenship, Careers, financial literacy, assemblies, focus days, specialist workshops delivered by external providers and aspects of the Whalley Range experience. We recognise and celebrate all individuals in this diverse community.

We aim to empower all students with the confidence, skills and knowledge to be safe and healthy, to form and maintain good relationships and feel positive about their future.

Whole School Approach

Provision for PSHRE at the school comes from a variety of identifiable sources.

PSHRE: Form Time

Form Time at Whalley Range 11-18 High School aims to provide a structured and consistent start to the day for all students. Students are in vertical tutor groups to promote positive relationships and a sense of community. Form Time activities are centred around PSHRE, progress and literacy. The foci for each half term is listed below:

  • Half Term 1: My relationships, family and community
  • Half Term 2: My emotional and physical wellbeing
  • Half Term 3: My safety and risk management
  • Half Term 4: My future and wider world
  • Half Term 5: My identity and self
  • Half Term 6: My health and lifestyle

PSHRE: Assembly

Assembly at Whalley Range 11-18 High School is a fundamental part of widening the opportunities, understanding and discussion around local, national and global events and contexts, which are related to the PSHRE / citizenship national curriculum. Assembly is centred around celebrating excellence and a thematic approach to topics / messages that links the form time programme and assembly calendar. Assemblies are thematic and have a weekly link to the form time PSHRE coverage.

PSHRE: Focus Days and Specialist Workshops

Deep Learning Days and specialist workshops are an opportunity for students to have more focused learning around key content from the PSHRE and CEIAG national curriculum. The sessions are planned / deliver, primarily, by external providers who are experts in their fields to offer to build on and drive forward the learning, understanding and wider cultural experiences of students at Whalley Range 11-18 High School. Focus days are thematic, linking to the form / assembly PSHRE coverage for that term and the topics they are linked to are listed below:

  • Focus Day 1: Wellbeing
  • Focus Day 2: Careers and future
  • Focus Day 3: Physical Health
  • Focus Day 4: Cultural capital and citizenship

PSHRE: The Wider Curriculum

PSHRE plays a fundamental part in the planning of faculty schemes of work and planning for wider cultural opportunities where PSHRE content compliments the more traditional curriculum. Faculty leaders are aware of developments within the PSHRE curriculum linked to their subject areas and they build on this through appropriate leadership, planning and sequencing.
The form time programme, assembly and focus days are designed to:

  • Provide opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills
  • Enable the personal coaching of students
  • Communicate consistent messages to students
  • Promote the Trust co-operative values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity
  • Develop understanding of fundamental British values and the appreciation of diversity
  • Cover elements of personal, social, health and economic education
  • Respond to local, national and global events
  • Promote respectful discussion and encourage students to give extended spoken responses in order to improve oracy
  • Offer opportunities for form teachers to celebrate success with students

You can keep up to date with PSHRE at Whalley Range 11-18 High School by following @wrhs1118_PSHRE on Twitter.

The statutory topics for PSHRE 2020-21, and more detail about the changes can be accessed on the government’s website.


Mental Wellbeing

  • How to talk about their emotions accurately and sensitively, using appropriate vocabulary. That there are different types of committed, stable relationships
  • That happiness is linked to being connected to others
  • How to recognise the early signs of mental wellbeing issues
  • Common types of mental ill health (e.g. anxiety and depression)
  • How to critically evaluate when something they do or are involved in has a positive or negative effect on their own or others’ mental health
  • The benefits of physical exercise, time outdoors, community participation and voluntary and service-based activities on mental wellbeing and happiness

Internet Safety and Harms

  • The similarities and differences between the online world and the physical world, including: the impact of unhealthy or obsessive comparison with others online through setting unrealistic expectations for body image, how people may curate a specific image of their life online, over-reliance on online relationships (including social media), how advertising and information is targeted at them and how to be a discerning consumer of information online
  • How to identify harmful behaviours online (including bullying, abuse or harassment) and how to report, or get support, if they have been affected by those behaviours

Physical Health and Fitness

  • The positive associations between physical activity and promotion of mental wellbeing, including as an approach to combat stress
  • The characteristics and evidence of what constitutes a healthy lifestyle, maintaining a healthy weight, including the links between an inactive lifestyle and ill health, including cancer and cardio-vascular ill-health
  • Facts about wider issues such as organ/blood donation

Healthy Eating

  • How to maintain healthy eating and the links between a poor diet and health risks, including eating disorders and cancer

Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco

  • The facts about legal substances and illegal substances, including drug-taking, and the associated risks, including the link to serious mental health conditions
  • The law relating to the supply and possession of illegal substances
  • The physical and psychological consequences of addiction, including alcohol dependency
  • Awareness of the dangers of drugs which are prescribed but still present serious health risks
  • The facts about the harms from smoking tobacco (particularly the link to lung cancer), the benefits of quitting and how to access support to do so

Health and Prevention: Science and PE

  • About personal hygiene, germs (including microbes), the spread, treatment and prevention of infection, and about antibiotics
  • About dental health and the benefits of good oral hygiene and flossing, including visits to the dentist
  • The benefits of regular self-examination (including screening and immunisation)
  • The facts and science relating to immunisation and vaccination
  • The importance of sufficient good quality sleep for good health and how a lack of sleep can affect weight, mood and ability to learn

Basic First Aid: PE

  • Basic treatment for common injuries
  • Life-saving skills, including how to administer CPR
  • The purpose of defibrillators and when one might be needed

Changing Adolescent Body: Science

  • Key facts about puberty and the changing adolescent body
  • The main changes which take place in males and females, and the implications for emotional and physical health



  • That there are different types of committed, stable relationships
  • How these relationships might contribute to human happiness and their importance for bringing up children
  • What marriage and civil partnerships are, including their legal status e.g. that marriage and civil partnerships carry legal rights and protections not available to couples who are cohabiting or who have married, for example, in an unregistered religious ceremony
  • Why marriage is an important relationship choice for many couples and why it must be freely entered into
  • The characteristics and legal status of other types of long-term relationships
  • The roles and responsibilities of parents with respect to the raising of children
  • How to: determine whether peers, adults or sources of information are trustworthy, judge when a family, friend, intimate or other relationships is unsafe (and to recognise this in others’ relationships
  • How to seek help or advice, including reporting concerns about others, if needed

Respectful Relationships, including Friendships

  • The characteristics of positive and healthy friendships (both on and offline) including: trust, respect, honesty, boundaries, privacy, consent and the management of conflict, reconciliation and ending relationships. This includes different (non-sexual) types of relationship
  • Practical steps they can take in a range of different contexts to improve or support respectful relationshis
  • How stereotypes, in particular stereotypes based on sex, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation or disability, can cause damage (e.g. how they might normalise non-consensual behaviour or encourage prejudice)
  • That in school and in wider society they can expect to be treated with respect by others, and that in turn they should show due tolerance and respect to others and others’ beliefs, including people in positions of authority
  • About different types of bullying (including cyberbullying), the impact of bullying, responsibilities of bystanders to report bullying and how and where to get help
  • That some types of behaviour within relationships are criminal, including violent behaviour and coercive control
  • What constitutes sexual harassment and sexual violence and why these are always unacceptable
  • The legal rights and responsibilities regarding equality (particularly with reference to the protected characteristics as defined in the Equality Act 2010) and that everyone is unique and equal

Online and Media

  • Their rights, responsibilities and opportunities online, including that the same expectations of behaviour apply online and offline
  • About online risks, including that any material someone provides to another has the potential to be shared online and the difficulty of removing potentially compromising material placed online
  • Not to provide material to others that they would not want shared further and not to share personal material which is sent to them
  • What to do and where to get support to report material or manage issues online
  • The impact of viewing harmful content
  • That specifically sexually explicit material often presents a distorted picture of sexual behaviours, can damage the way people see themselves in relation to others and negatively affect how they behave towards sexual partners
  • That sharing and viewing indecent images of children (including those created by children) is against the law
  • How information and data is generated, collected, shared and used online

Being Safe

  • The concepts of, and laws relating to, sexual consent, sexual exploitation, abuse, grooming, coercion, harassment and domestic abuse and how these can affect current and future relationships
  • How people can actively communicate and recognise consent from others, including sexual consent, and how and when consent can be withdrawn (on and offline)

Intimate and Sexual Relationships, including Sexual Health: Focus Day

  • How to recognise the characteristics and positive aspects of healthy one-to-one intimate relationships, which include mutual respect, consent, loyalty, trust, shared interests and outlook, sex and friendship
  • That all aspects of health can be affected by choices they make in sex and relationships, positively or negatively, e.g. physical, emotional, mental, sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing
  • The facts about reproductive health, including fertility and the potential impact of lifestyle on fertility for men and women
  • That there are a range of strategies for identifying and managing sexual pressure, including understanding peer pressure, resisting pressure and not pressurising others
  • That they have a choice to delay sex or to enjoy intimacy without sex
  • The facts about the full range of contraceptive choices and options available
  • The facts around pregnancy including miscarriage
  • That there are choices in relation to pregnancy (with medically and legally accurate, impartial information on all options, including keeping the baby, adoption, abortion and where to get further help)
  • How the different sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV/AIDs, are transmitted, how risk can be reduced through safer sex (including through condom use) and the importance of and facts about testing
  • How prevalence of some STIs , the impact they can have on those who contract them and key facts about treatment
  • How the use of alcohol and drugs can lead to risky sexual behaviour
  • How to get further advice, including how and where to access confidential sexual and reproductive health advice and treatment

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