Our PSHE curriculum develops and deepens pupils’ understanding of the fundamental British values of democracy, individual liberty, the rule of law, mutual respect and tolerance. It also deals with real-life issues affecting young people, families and communities. It is concerned with the social, health and economic realities of their lives, experiences and attitudes, including relationships. Our curriculum supports pupils to be healthy, both mentally and physically, safe, and equipped to thrive in their relationships and careers. Our focus on sex and relationship education (RSE) develops pupils’ age-appropriate understanding of healthy relationships. 

PSHE at Hexham Middle School covers the core themes of Health and Wellbeing, Living in the Wider World and Relationships. Within these core themes the following elements are also explored, including:

  • Celebrating diversity and equality
  • Relationships and sex education 
  • Staying safe online and offline
  • Health and wellbeing (including physical and mental fitness)
  • Rights, responsibilities and British values
  • Life beyond school (careers and economics)
  • All topics are taught at an age-appropriate level and build on previous learning and knowledge

How is PSHE implemented and monitored for impact?

  • Long-term PSHE Curriculum planning 
  • KS2 receive 1 lesson every fortnight 
  • KS3 receive 2 lessons every fortnight 
  • Opportunities for self reflection and verbal feedback from staff 
  • The subject is evaluated as part of the Quality of Education review process, led by the Curriculum Leader and SLT link. This includes learning and monitoring walks and pupil panels. 
  • A Blended resource bank including some PSHE Association accredited resources and Jigsaw 
  • Difficult and sensitive content embedded within the curriculum alongside enrichment events, talks, workshops and assemblies 
  • Link Trustee review


RSE is embedded within our PSHE programme of study. Themes of study include: 

  • What is a healthy and unhealthy relationship? 
  • How do you stay safe in a relationship (including coercive relationships)? 
  • Managing risks as I grow up 
  • Mental Health 
  • Physical Health 
  • Contraception 
  • Sex Education and Health 
  • Puberty 
  • Gender Identity 
  • Consent

How is RSE implemented and monitored for impact?

  • RSE is taught within PSHE lessons and addressed in other subject domains such as science, PE, and English. 
  • The Personal Development Programme (including assemblies and form-time) explore some of the themes that are appropriate. 
  • National Inclusion Week (starting in Autumn 2023) 
  • External speakers for pupils.  
  • RSHE policy consulted with parents – Policy available on website. 
  • Ipsative assessment methodology evident in PSHE lessons. 
  • Staff Briefing and bespoke CPD training sessions for staff including training.  
  • Link Trustee support and review.
  • Pupil Panel Review. 
  • High quality pastoral support and safeguarding led by Assistant Headteacher for Support, Standards and Inclusion.