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Key Stage 4 Form Time PSHE Curriculum

We want Broxbourne students to be able to identify and respond to a variety of situations and challenges they may find themselves in, both during their time at school, and also as an adult. We want to equip our pupils with the knowledge and understanding they need to flourish as an individual, and as part of society.

This curriculum will be delivered once a week in form time. Topics will also be covered and revisited throughout Key Stage 3 and 4 through our PSHE drop down days. This curriculum will also be supported through assemblies.

Essential knowledge – Essential knowledge is the knowledge that we have identified to be the significant basis of our subject. This knowledge will be revisited throughout key stage 3.

Mental well-being – students should be able to identify a range of factors that influence mental well-being. They also should be aware of how to respond to mental health issues, both individually and through seeking support from others.

Physical wellbeing – students should understand the impact of physical health on their well-being and feel able to control factors that may influence this.

Relationships – Students should be able to appreciate the characteristics of a variety of positive relationships and how to respond to relationships if they become unhealthy.

Living in the wider world – Students should be aware of issues they may face as they enter the world after education. They should be aware of their rights, as well as the rights of all groups within society. They will identify important skills for their future as well as develop their financial literacy. 

Year 10
Students will consider the nature of stress, anxiety and depression and discuss positive coping strategies. They will move on to discuss the impact of their online life on their well-being and then consider how feedback and criticism can affect their own well-being as well as the well-being of others.
Students will begin by exploring the value of commitment in relationships and relate this to their understanding of a healthy relationship. They will be taught about the nature of coercive control and what to do if they have concerns about their own or someone else’s relationship. Students will also be made aware of the UK law surrounding domestic abuse. They will move on to explore the nature of consent. Finally, they will consider the rights of the LGBTQ+ community and how to be a good ally.
Students will start by considering what is meant by discrimination through invisibility and how representation matters. They will then be taught about their rights and responsibilities at work, as well as the different types of employment available to them. Finally, they will explore the use of credit cards and the dangers of payday loans, as well as the stresses and pressures that financial insecurity can create.


Year 11
Students will have the opportunity to debate a range of issues. They will begin by considering the importance of organ and blood donation and then the impact of inactivity on their lifestyle. They will have the chance to consider the status of online gambling and whether or not the law should be changed. Finally they will focus on alcohol, illegal and prescription drugs and the impact they have on society, as well as those addicted to these substances, both physically and mentally.
Students will begin by considering the best way to support those in unhealthy relationships, and then look into positive strategies surrounding the end of a relationship. They will be taught about how relationships can affect all aspects of their health and how the internet may have influenced their ideas of what constitutes a healthy relationship. Finally, they will discuss the importance of respect in a community, and the impact that stereotyping has on our relationships with others.


The PSHE curriculum will also be delivered through four drop down days throughout the academic year. Topics covered in key stage 4 include:

  • Study skills and revision strategies
  • Post 16 options
  • CV writing
  • The qualities of healthy and unhealthy relationships
  • The nature of consent and how this can be impacted by the use of drugs and alcohol
  • The impact of gang culture
  • How to respond to racism
  • The impact of the media on mental health