PSHE Education

The Carousel

In Years 7, 8 and 9, PSHE Personal incorporating Careers and Citizenship is taught in a 1 hour per weekly timetabled lesson.

In Year 10 and 11, the carousel is a rotation of Core ICT (Microsoft office Suite), Core R.E. and PSHE.  These subjects are distinct and have their own design rationale and vision.  In addition to this GCSE Computer Sciences, Creative iMedia and GCSE R.E. are also offered at the school.

In Year 12 and 13 PSHE Futures incorporating Careers and Citizenship is taught in a weekly timetabled lesson.

PSHE Vision

Throughout our spiralling curriculum, PSHE at DHFS has one clear vision. This is to teach the vital life skills necessary to navigate the wider world safely, and with a strong moral compass.

PSHE Rationale

We live in a time of rapid change, with new and exciting (but sometimes unpredictable!) opportunities and challenges constantly arising. Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) helps pupils to lead confident, healthy and responsible lives, both as individuals and as members of society.
At DHFS we provide students with the opportunities to;

explore attitudes and values
• develop skills, attributes and strategies necessary to manage issues in a changing world
• prepare for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences in current and later life
• reflect on their own choices.

Through the PSHE curriculum, we teach our students about personal identity, diversity, equality, rights, responsibilities, change, resilience, relationships, risk, personal safety, health and wellbeing (physical, mental and social), power (how it is used and encountered) and employability.

At DHFS we know that learning and undertaking activities in PSHE Education contributes to young people becoming:

successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve.
• confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
• responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

Our Curriculum

The PSHE spiral curriculum allows students to revisit topics or themes throughout KS3, 4 and 5. The complexity and challenge of the topic or theme increases with each revisit, allowing learning to be reinforced, solidified and deepened over time. The content is tailored to meet the needs of DHFS students, for example through the use of school and community data to inform planning.

Outside agencies support our curriculum and we have a range of longstanding collaborations including: Derbyshire Police, local magistrates, school nursing teams and local universities, to name but a few!

Wider Curriculum

Our curriculum links strongly to many faculties and areas of wider school life, including our SMSC mentor time programme, assemblies, and our weekly Votes for Schools discussions. Students and staff highlight these strong links through termly questionnaires and discussions.

PSHE Big Ideas

Our 6 Big Ideas encompass everything we do. The Big Ideas spiral through the curriculum from years 7 through to 13, developing and adapting to suit the needs of students. We use a variety of tools to identify what should be included in our curriculum, these include; statutory guidance, school and community data, trends, regional/national and international foci and data/feedback provided by our own students/staff and parents.

Our Spiral Curriculum

Our curriculum has 6 big Ideas which spiral through years 7 -13 within PSHE and our wider curriculum.

Curriculum mapping 2022 -2023


PSHE Policy

Relationship & Sexual Health Policy

Literacy and numeracy

The PSHE curriculum provides a broad range of learning opportunities to develop literacy and numeracy, throughout Key Stage 3-5. These include:
• Using age specific material to challenge students’ reading skills
• Interpreting laws and legalese
• Using and critiquing a range of credible sources
• Media consumption and scrutiny
• Analysing data and trends
• Writing extended arguments
• Constant discussion and debate


‘Success with Care’ does not just focus on the academic side of school life, but crucially maintains a key focus on the student as a whole.
At DHFS we aim to promote a positive wellbeing in both a universal and personalised approach. Our ‘Wellbeing’ page of the school website provides further support for our school community.

Wellbeing Information Page

This course has been informed by:

• Department for Education National Curriculum Framework Statutory Guidance Document, (Nov 2021)
• Department for Education PSHE review (March 2015)
• Department for Education PSHE education guidance, (Sept 2021)
• Department for Education National Curriculum: Citizenship programme of study and attainment targets for KS 3 & 4, (Sept 2013)
• Department for Education Prevent Duty guidance, (April 2021)
• PSHE Association Guidance on Developing your PSHE Curriculum (Sept 2015)
• PSHE Association Programme of Study (October 2014)
• Ofsted School Inspection Handbook from July 2022 2015
• Secondary National Strategy for school improvement: Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning for secondary schools – SEAL, DfES 2010 Social and emotional aspects of learning (SEAL) programme in secondary schools: national evaluation – GOV.UK (
• BERT/RSE Award (Building Effective Relationships Together/Relationships and Sex Education) (Derbyshire County Council)
• The Whole School Approach to Wellbeing – (Derbyshire County Council)
• The Coriell Award – (Derbyshire County Council)
• Designated Mental Health Lead guidance – Creative Education (.gov approved provider)
• School, regional and national data
• Student, staff and parent voice


• Curriculum leader – Miss Burgoyne
• Assistant Curriculum leader – Miss Watkin
• Assistant Headteacher for Personal Development and the Wider Curriculum – Mrs Helliwell

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