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PSHE Curriculum Intent

PSHE Lead contact details: Mr Jamie Abbott -

Twitter account - @Newman_PSHE

At Cardinal Newman Catholic School, we are committed to providing a high-quality educational experience for all students. Our curriculum determines and underpins the whole ethos of our school and our PSHE (Personal, Social, health and economic education) ideals are embedded within this.

Our PSHE and RSE Curriculum is wide-ranging, carefully planned to consider students’ age, developmental stage and prior understanding. We aim to teach sensitively and inclusively, taking into consideration the background and beliefs of students. We strive to always provide students with an understanding of the law, and legal implications of their actions.

The curriculum has been developed in accordance with national guidance and covers 3 key themes:

  1. Health and Wellbeing
  2. Living in the Wider World
  3. Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

Students complete their PSHE through timetabled lessons, including Science and RE, assemblies, extra-curricular activities, tutor time activities and external speakers.

Within the pastoral programme, British Values are covered throughout years 7-13 (Democracy, Rule of Law, Tolerance, Respect and Individual Liberty) and most tutorial sessions have links to one or more of these values. This is to build knowledge of the values of the nation we live in, which echoes within the school’s ethos and our own ASPIRE values (Achievement, Service, Peace, Integrity, Respect and Excellence) and sets students up to be polite and knowledgeable people overall.

Ultimately, we aim to ensure that students are prepared for the increasingly complex world we live in. We aim to equip our students with the necessary skills, capability and confidence to succeed in all aspects of their lives.