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The Marlborough Science Academy

Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic Education (PSHCEE) and Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

PSHCEE is taught at The Marlborough Science Academy through discrete lessons at Key Stage 3, 4 and 5. 

PSHCEE aims to equip students with the knowledge and resilience needed to enable them to overcome any problems they may face in school or later on in life. We endeavour to prepare students with the skills needed for the 21st Century, to learn things for themselves and know how to manage aspects including managing change, financial matters, developing positive relationships and understanding the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.

Throughout the course students take part in school and community based activities, demonstrating personal and group responsibility in their attitudes to themselves and others.  Regular visits from guest speakers and theatre groups enrich their learning experience, ensuring a fresh and dynamic approach towards PSHCEE and RSE.

Our goal is for all students to be fully prepared for any of lifes’ challenges.

We are fully compliant with the 2020 Statutory Duty to provide Relationships and Sex Education and Health Education (RSHE).

Marlborough is fully compliant with the new statutory requirements for RSE and students will take part in a full programme of health, relationship and sex education. If parents do not wish their child to participate in the sex education programme they are able to withdraw them from this. Please be aware that you cannot withdraw your child from the relationship or health education areas of the curriculum or aspects of sex education taught from the science curriculum. Please make any requests in writing to Mrs M Rutherford, PSHCEE/RSE Coordinator. 

Please click here to view our PSHCEE/RSE Policy

Please click here to view the DfE Guidance for Parents

PSHCEE and RSE in Year 7

Autumn Term 1 - Respectful Relationships

Students identify the characteristics of positive relationships, learning how to improve and ensure supportive relationships. Also learning about stereotypes and how they affect us as well as respect and bullying – understanding different types of bullying, how it effects people and why people bully.

Autumn Term 2 - Family Part 1

Students identify the different types of relationships within families, linking relationships to happiness. Also, different types of long-term relationships and their length. Exploring family heritage and family trees.

Spring 1 - About Me

Students will learn about different types of personal hygiene and why it is important for health. Including dental hygiene – private and NHS healthcare, braces and orthodontal care. Also, the importance of Healthy Lifestyles as well as sleep, links between poor diet and health risks, alongside this positive associations between physical and mental well-being.

Spring 2 - About Me

Students will take part in practical basic First Aid sessions delivered by qualified first aiders in lessons.  Also understand how to use Resus Anne Dolls as well as understand how to use defibrillators and where they are located in the school. Students will practise the recovery position and DRABC – Danger, Response, Airway, Breathing and Circulation.

Students will understand key immunisations and why they are needed, as well as understanding different viewpoints in society regarding immunisations. Students will also learn about Puberty and identify the changes that take place in the male and female body.

Summer 1 - Mental Wellbeing

Students identify different types of emotional vocabulary, types of well-being and how happiness can be linked to this. Students are also made aware of signs of mental health concerns, as well as different types of mental health, the negative effects it has.

Summer 2 - Mental Wellbeing 

Students gain knowledge and understanding of loss and bereavement. Loss in terms of friendships or losing a loved one and how to seek advice as well as learning about coping mechanisms – sign posting where to get support.

PSHCEE and RSE in Year 8 

Autumn 1 - Drugs and Alcohol

Students learn about why people take part in drug abuse as well as the physical and psychological risks. They will learn about the laws around drugs and alcohol, finding out about different types of legal and illegal drugs, including prescription drugs and tobacco. Students learn about the different classification of drugs and the effects on the human body. How it can cause physical and mental health problems as well as issues with family and friends.

Autumn 2 - Careers

Students learn about the world of work and its purpose in society and family settings, in particular understanding the type of jobs their parents/carers have. Students also organise a work shadowing day with parents/carers and understand the health and safety guidance according to their job role.

Spring 1 - Intimate Sexual Relationships Part 1

Students build on their knowledge from Year 7, looking in more depth at reproductive health and puberty of the male and female body. Identifying key characteristics of sexual relationships. Looking at why people engage in sexual relationships and the law around these activities, including what consent is and what it is not to give consent. Students will understand and develop knowledge on how to keep safe and make informed choices around sexual relationships.

Spring 2 - Intimate Sexual Relationships Part 1

Students identify the different types of STI’s that are prevalent in society, how they are contracted and the effects they cause on people’s health. They will identify the treatment options and the statistics in the UK, gaining knowledge of prevention against STI’s and what to do if people get an STI.

Students will understand and identify different types of contraception available and gain personal experience of what they look like and how to use and access them. Students take part in a practical activity of applying a condom onto a demonstrator and learn about what to do if contraception goes wrong and what the various options are.

Summer 1 - Family Part 2

Students identify what a parent role is, the key characteristics and attributes along with the role of the child in a family and when this might change. They will look at the role of a young carer and single parent.

Students also learn about trustworthiness and feeling unsafe within a family and why this is important –parents and the wider family. They will also learn about what to do if you think people feel unsafe within a family.

Summer 2 – Family Part 2

Students learn about marriage and the laws around marriage – why people get married and when it goes wrong. They will learn about the laws around divorce and look at the impact of family break up and strategies of how to deal with it.

Students learn about LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer plus), understanding how relationships are not just heterosexual but can include other relationships including gender-neutral, non-binary and bisexual. They will be made aware of new laws around non-heterosexual marriage and some prejudices around this. 

PSHCEE and RSE in Year 9 

Autumn 1 - Online and Media Part 1

Students learn about the similarities between the online and physical world, understanding harmful behaviours online, rights, responsibilities and opportunities online. Students learn about the risks online and how not to provide or share unwanted material and where to find support for online issues.

Autumn 2 - Online and Media Part 2

Students learn about how to classify unwanted materials, how to deal with this and design a system to support young people with online issues. They will learn about the rights and responsibilities and opportunities online.

Spring 1 - Being Safe and the Law Part 1

Students need to understand how to act maturely when discussing delicate and important matters before the start of lessons on this topic. They will identify the sources of help students in need can go to and analyse a variety of case studies and scenarios to best provide support for those in need.

Students learn about UK laws which aim to be a force of good to keep British citizens safe, including Female Genital Mutilation which is carried out on young girls and women often in accordance with cultural backgrounds. This is illegal and should be reported if discovered or suspected.

Students will also learn how to identify the signs of grooming and child exploitation.

Spring 2 - Being Safe and the Law Part 2

Students learn about consent as it is incredibly important and must be understood with any sort of activity including sexual. They will also learn about consent in relation to the laws around sex.

Students will learn about abuse and how it can come in many different forms including harassment and rape, and how it needs to be reported to the relevant authorities if it occurs.

Summer 1 - Learning Basic First Aid

Students will build on their basic first aid techniques from a trained first aid expert. There will be practical demonstrations focusing on recovery position and choking as well as excessive bleeding.

Summer 2 - Learning Basic First Aid

Students learn about the health and safety aspects of first aid, emergencies inside and outside of school and how to keep safe.

PSHCEE and RSE in Year 10 

Autumn 1 - Intimate Relationships Part 2

Through analysing different case studies students will learn to identify different forms of contraception and the pros and cons of these. They will learn how to effectively communicate in relationships, including consent within a relationship and how to manage risk in different situations. They will look at how sex does not have to happen at a particular time but should be legal (age of consent) and consensual, not pressurised and/or rushed. Additionally, how cultural and belief systems may impact on views surrounding sex, consent, and contraception.

They will learn about unprotected sex including the risk of STI’s, pregnancy and will find out about the support available in these situations. Additionally, they will look at the effects of pregnancy, birth and miscarriage along with how and why these can happen.

Autumn 2 - Respectful Relationships Part 2

Students identify different types of relationships and the key characteristics of these relationships, understanding dangerous relationships and what to do if in this situation or if supporting somebody else who is in this situation. They will look at how to manage relationships and what to do if this behaviour becomes criminal or violent; gaining an understanding into how physical, psychological, sexual harassment and abuse can have negative consequences for both victim and perpetrator. Students will gain knowledge of when and how to seek help.

Students learn how equality comes in many different forms, whether based on race, gender identity, sexual orientation or other features and how everyone deserves to be treated equally and according to the law.

Spring 1 - The Future

Students evaluate plans for the future and how these can be achieved. They also learn how to deal with change and the challenges this may bring, including how best to prepare for the world of work and strategies for when plans change. Students actively create a CV using their Unifrog account to support this as well understand and practice interview skills.

Spring 2 - Finances

Students learn how to explore and best manage finances including the importance of budgeting and expenditure through practical tasks and analysing case studies and scenarios.

Summer 1 - Intimate Sexual Relationships Part 2

Through case studies examples and scenarios students learn about and assess readiness for intimacy and starting out in romantic relationships. They will understand and explore different types of contraceptives as well as pregnancy choices and factors that affect decisions. They will build on their learning from Year 8, looking at how to prevent STI’s and the effect of different STIs.

Summer 2 - Intimate Sexual Relationships Part 2

Students reaffirm knowledge of consent through the analysis of a variety of case studies and scenarios, discussing different outcomes and options.

PSHCEE and RSE in Year 11 

Autumn 1 - Online and Media Part 2

Students are made aware of the hazards of online practice including harmful content, sexually explicit material, indecent images of children, data generation, collection and usage.

Students learn about the Dark Web and assess its risks, as well as learning how to recognise signs of cybercrimes and how to deal with these. Additionally, they will learn the signs and dangers of online radicalisation and strategies to deal with dangerous situations.

Autumn 2 - Online and Media Part 2

Students learn about the influence of the media as well as pornography and fake news, also how it can influence people of different age groups, gender, race and sexuality.

Spring 1 - Careers

Students learn how to understand their personal qualities and attributes.  They will use Unifrog workshops and programmes to gain knowledge and understanding of different careers and professions and the progression from GCSEs to college or university or the world of work. Students also learn how to match skills and interests and select post 16 outcomes.

Spring 2 - Careers

Students investigate different options available in order to plan their next steps after Year 11, including apprenticeships, degree courses and internships, as well as gaining an understanding of the local job market.

Students use personal Unifrog accounts to research current and up-to-date information about jobs and courses. They will learn how to understand their skills and interests in order to create an action plan for Post 16, as well as learning how to complete a college application and practise interview skills.

Summer 1 - Revision

Students learn about the importance of understanding how they learn and revise, analysing different exam revision strategies and the importance of planning. 

PSHCEE and RSE in Year 12 

Autumn 1 – Post 16 Enrichment and Volunteering

Students are introduced to Post 16 Enrichment and learn about the Post 16 Volunteering Programme, the importance of taking part and showing leadership skills in the school community and outside of school as well as the role of responsibility that students in Post 16 play within the school environment. Students also look at the importance that volunteering plays in the writing of a UCAS personal statement and evidencing their interest in a subject.

Students take part in practical training sessions led by designated members of teaching staff for volunteering roles including safeguarding, the role of a teaching assistant and health and safety, following which they will organise a voluntary position either within or outside of school. Students take part in workshops delivered by charities or organisations which rely on volunteering roles including The St Albans Magistrates, Herts Homeless and National Citizen Service (NCS). Students will also take part in NCS booster sessions focusing on CV writing and interview skills.

Students will attend a 'Learn to Live' event on safety and driving that aims to raise awareness of the hazards and consequences of drinking alcohol when driving.

Autumn 2 - Careers

Students review their Unifrog account and understand the important part it plays in Post 16 / 18 Next Steps action planning which is analysed in Student Services interview – discussing apprenticeship, degree, job or internship options.

Students take part in workshops delivered by speakers from Hertfordshire University, the University of the Arts London and the University of Southampton, gaining knowledge about university course options and university life and what is expected/transition from Year 11 to Post 16.

Spring 1 – Keeping Safe and Basic First Aid

Students take part in a practical session delivered by trained first aiders in which they learn about keeping safe and basic first aid to help others – Saturday Night survival – including recovery position, fainting, cuts and broken limbs.

Spring 2 - Careers

Students learn about apprenticeship degrees from a variety of speakers including Morgan Sindall, AECOM and Deloitte. They will also hear from a speaker from Oxford Brookes University which delivers vocational courses.

Summer 1 - Respectful Relationships and Dealing with Change

Students identify different types of respectful relationships and the key characteristics of these along with sexual differences with regard to LGBTQ+ relationships. Students learn resilience and dealing with change in sessions delivered by a Healthy Minds specialist teacher. They will take part in sessions that develop strategies for dealing with change within a school setting and will gain understanding about what happens when people are in a stressed mode, both mentally and physically.

Summer 2 – Careers and Next Steps

Students take part in work experience organised with local companies and organisations as well as parents or family contacts that relate to students’ career or degree interests.

Students take part in the UCAS process/a personal statement writing programme introduced by Hertfordshire University outlining the process and stages of planning and writing required for selecting and choosing courses and applying to different universities. Students also take part in an Oxbridge application presentation by designated member of teaching staff in order to understand the requirements for Oxbridge or Medicine / Veterinary applications.

PSHCEE and RSE in Year 13 

Autumn 1 and 2 – Next Steps including University Applications and Apprenticeships

Students continue with the UCAS process and personal statement writing, working towards an October half term deadline. Students are encouraged to attend university open days and take part in sessions by a selection of speakers, alongside this student’s learn about the apprenticeship applications processes.

Spring 1 – Student Finance

Students learn about the process of funding for university, how to apply for student finance and how to budget while living independently.

Spring 2 – Independent Life Skills

Students take part in sessions focusing on learning about independent life skills including cooking – Ready Steady Cook, first aid, keeping healthy and safe including contraception and safe sex delivered by a trained medical representative. They also look at cybercrime prevention and how to be safe online.

Summer 1 – Next Steps

Students learn how to apply for student accommodation and the options available as well as how to keep safe and healthy. Students also learn how to secure applications for apprenticeships.


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