Our PSHE curriculum

Intent: At St Leonard’s Catholic School, Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) is at the heart of our commitment to nurturing well-rounded individuals. Our carefully planned and developmental PSHE programme empowers our pupils with the knowledge, understanding and skills essential for managing their lives both in the present and future. In line with a comprehensive, whole-school approach, our PSHE education cultivates qualities and attributes vital for thriving as individuals, active members of the community and contributors to the Church and wider society.

This programme goes beyond the academic curriculum, making a significant impact on pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural development, influencing their behaviour and overall wellbeing. PSHE education contributes to personal development by helping pupils build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risk, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings. Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help pupils to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better manage their lives.

The structured curriculum identifies key concepts and skills, ensuring pupils are equipped for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences life presents. Our spiralised curriculum covers three key themes: Living in the Wider World, Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) and Health and Wellbeing. These themes address the multifaceted aspects of personal development, preparing our pupils to navigate life with resilience, compassion and a strong sense of values.

Our PSHE programme is taught to our pupils by their tutor on a Wednesday morning, during long tutor. Please find the details of our PSHE programme below.

KS3 curriculum

Year 7Year 8Year 9
Half term 1Student leadership Black history month British values – Monarchy ResilienceStudent leadership Black history month British values- Monarchy Prejudice and discriminationStudent Leadership Black History Month British Values – Monarchy
Half term 2Self-esteem Prejudice and discrimination Anti-bullying week Work ethicCareers: Entrepreneurs and teamwork Anti-Bullying Week Finances – Budgeting Finances – Credit and Debit Finances – Tax and NIEnterprising qualities Taking control of my future Finance: Debt Finance: Consumer rights
Half term 3Who am I? Changing bodies Healthy inside and out Where we come fromCreated and Chosen Appreciating Differences Feelings Before I Was BornThe Search for Love Love People, Use Things In Control of My Choices
Half term 4Healthy eating My life on screen Living responsiblyTough Relationships Think Before You Share Wider World Homophobia (Stonewall)Fertility and Contraception Marriage One Hundred Percent Knowing My Rights and Responsibilities
Half term 5Mental health introduction How can we manage our anger? Mental health week What are drugs?Personal Development and Target-Setting Managing my behaviour to achieve Self-confidence and goals Mental Health WeekAlcohol Awareness Eating disorders Mental Health Week Self-harm
Half term 6Dangers of smoking or vaping Healthy living exercise What is FGM and why is it dangerous? Respect and diversityMindfulness Emotional-literacy and self-awareness Vaping, nicotine and addiction Domestic conflictAnxiety Stress Selfie-obsessed The UK- a diverse society Extremism and EDL

KS4 curriculum

Year 10Year 11
Half term 1Student Leadership Black History Month British Values – Monarchy STEM CareersStudent Leadership Black History Month British Values – Monarchy
Half term 2CV and applications Life Beyond St Leonard’s Work Experience Launch Rights and Responsibilities in the WorkplaceApplying for next steps (apprenticeships/ A level/ T level) Interviews Year 11 Careers Interview Launch
Half term 3Authentic Freedom Self-Image Beliefs, Values and AttitudesSelf-Worth Addiction Eating Disorders
Half term 4Parenthood Pregnancy and Abortion Abuse Solidarity Revenge Porn – the legalitiesBirth Control Pornography STIs Coercive Control
Half term 5Screen time – how much is too much? How harmful is binge drinking? Mental Health Week Social media and self-esteemMental Health Week Stress The importance of sleep GCSE Logistics Preparing for results day
Half term 6Managing grief and bereavement Conflict management Rule of law – “nudes” Hate Crimes Overt and Covert racism 

KS5 curriculum

Year 12Year 13
Half term 1Student Leadership Black History Month British Values – MonarchyStudent Leadership Black History Month British Values – Monarchy
Half term 2VESPA Mindset Introduction V: Vision E: Effort S: Systems P: Practising A: Attitude Work Experience LaunchLife Beyond St Leonard’s UCAS/ Apprenticeship Oxford Outreach Newcastle Partners
Half term 3Durham University Supported Progression Consent Body ShamingSex in the media Contraception Abuse
Half term 4Sexual Violence Night out safety Healthy relationships LGBTQ+ Sexpression GenderTypes of Relationship Happiness and Positivity Conflict Management
Half term 5Road Safety Mental Health Week GRIT Interview PreparationLiving independently Alcohol and Safety Mental Health Week
Half term 6University Open Days Launch Living independently Revision Techniques Student Leadership VESPA ReviewRevision planning Exam timetable Result’s Day: Advice


As part of our PSHE programme, we deliver session on Relationship and Sex Education (RSE), which is also referred to as Relationship, Sex and Health Education (RSHE). The purpose of our RSE programme is to support our pupils in navigating the complexities of friendships, family dynamics and romantic relationships with a values-driven approach. Through our thoughtful implementation of RSE, we strive to empower out pupils to build strong, respectful connections, ensuring that our pupils are well-equipped to face the challenged of adulthood, while upholding the principles of their Catholic faith.

At St Leonard’s Catholic School, we use the Ten:Ten resources to facilitate our RSE sessions. These resources are rooted in our Catholic faith and supported by the Dioceses. The Ten:Ten resources play a pivotal role in preparing students for adulthood by imparting essential life skills and fostering an understanding of healthy relationships.

Please see the outline of our RSE programme here.

Ten:Ten Online Parent Portal

The Online Parent Portal, designed and delivered by our partners at Ten:Ten, ‘Life to the Full’, allows parents to an understand the content as part of our RSE programme. Parents/carers can access this site following the link below.

You will need the following credentials for our school:

Username: st-leonard- dh1

Password: super-fast

This portal will provide parents/carers with information about what their children will be taught. It also ensures that we are fulfilling our responsibility to support parents/carers as the ‘first educators’ of their children on matters relating to sexual development, which is a very important principle of Catholic RSHE.

Right to Withdraw

You do have the right to request your child not be part of the sex education lessons however, there is a statutory obligation for all young people to engage fully in the relationships education. If you do not want your child to take part in some or all of the Sex Education lessons delivered at secondary school, you can ask that they are withdrawn. The headteacher will consider this request and discuss it with you.
The science curriculum in all maintained schools also includes content on human development, including reproduction, from which there is no right to withdraw children.

There are huge personal and social benefits of a young person receiving RSE education any withdrawal may have detrimental effects on the child. This could include any social and emotional effects of being excluded, as well as the likelihood of the child hearing their peers’ version of what was said in the classes, rather than what was directly said by the teacher.

As of September 2020, parents and carers cannot withdraw their child from Health Education or the Relationships Education element of Personal Development, because it is important that all children receive this content, covering topics such as friendships and how to stay safe. A young person, up until three school terms before they turn 16, can choose to receive Sex Education if they would like to, and we as a school should arrange for your child to receive this teaching in one of those three terms.

Whilst every effort is made, sometimes relationship and sex topics can arise incidentally in other subjects, lessons and situations and it is not possible to withdraw pupils from these relatively limited and often unplanned discussions.

Please click on the link below for further information and guidance.

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Updated | 8th January, 2024 |

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