Preparing students life in modern Britain - PHSE / Citizenship / British Values

PSHE page picPSHE curriculum is delivered to students to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe - and prepare for life and work in modern Britain. The aim of the curriculum is to have an impact on both academic and non-academic outcomes, particularly for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged students.

PSHE curriculum helps students to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage a range of critical opportunities and responsibilities they will be challenged with on the journey to adulthood and independence. By teaching pupils to stay safe and healthy, and by building self-esteem, resilience and empathy, Welling School aims tackle barriers to learning, raise aspirations, and improve the life chances of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged pupils.

The skills and attributes developed through PSHE curriculum are shown to increase academic attainment and attendance rates, particularly among pupils eligible for free school meals. The curriculum sets out to improve employability and boost social mobility.


The UK Government recommended Citizenship education for implementing the Prevent Duty guidance that became a legal requirement in schools on 1 July 2015. In addition to the statutory requirement, Welling School’s Citizenship curriculum provides the ideal platform for exploring British values in the 21st century. All students are following a Citizenship curriculum during morning registration. The curriculum is delivered by tutors and resources that can be found in a designated folder.

For the school, Citizenship education is important because the curriculum focuses on building character and developing the soft skills that employers want schools to develop in the younger generation.

The soft skills are:

  • communication
  • initiative
  • social interaction
  • teamwork

It is also important to take note that there are elements of citizenship education across curriculum areas - such as English and Humanities.. 



british values page picAt Welling School, we are a value-rich society.  We understand our responsibility to embed opportunities to promote British Values within the school community. Students and staff therefore learn about the history of country and how our country became the beacon of liberalism, tolerance and fairness to the rest of the world.

Welling School staff are working with our students the moment they enter the school site. The aim of each member of staff is to ensure that every student enter the world of work as educated adults with a broad and informed perspective on the world. It is therefore imperative to understand that the foundation of Welling School’s curriculum delivery is focused on instilling British values and morals in all students.

Our SMSC ((spiritual, moral, social and cultural)) programme is embedded PSHE and Citizenship curriculums. It reinforces the school’s ethos (Welling Ways) which makes our school a cohesive, tolerant and respectful community. Together with the tutor curriculum, Welling School has an assembly programme which deals with the students’ SMSC development.

Topics covered in the tutor curriculum (PSHE/Citizenship) and assembly programme are:

  • beliefs and values,
  • rights and responsibilities,
  • ourselves and others,
  • sex and relationships,
  • wellbeing (Mental Health and Wellbeing)
  • work and careers,
  • enterprise and finance,
  • technology and the media. 

Relationship and Sex Education

Relationship and Sex Education (RSE) is compulsory from age 11 onwards. It involves teaching children about reproduction, sexuality and sexual health. It doesn’t promote early sexual activity or any particular sexual orientation.

RSE is delivered within the following faculty areas at Welling School:

  • Philosophy and Ethics
  • PSHE (tutor curriculum)
  • Science

To comply with the DfE Policy Statement, Welling School cover the following subjects within the RSE Curriculum:

  • Different types of relationships, including friendships, family relationships, dealing with strangers and, at secondary school, intimate relationships.
  • How to recognise, understand and build healthy relationships, including self-respect and respect for others, commitment, tolerance, boundaries and consent, how to manage conflict, and how to recognise unhealthy relationships.
  • How relationships may affect health and wellbeing, including mental health.
  • Healthy relationships and safety online.
  • Factual knowledge, at secondary school, around sex, sexual health and sexuality, set firmly within the context of relationships.

Spring Term Quality Assurance Schedule

Wednesday 3 January - Friday 9 February



Staff involved

15th – 19th January

Student Voice: Relationships

  • What is coercive control?
  • Key factors of a healthy relationship?


29th January  - 2nd February

Student Voice: Addictions

  • The dangers of drug abuse.
  • When a substance becomes an addiction.



Monday 19 February - Thursday 29 March



Staff involved

5th March – 9th March

Student Voice: Emotional wellbeing

  • What is positive emotional wellbeing?
  • How to support friends and family to improve their emotional wellbeing? 


19th – 23rd March

Student Voice: Attendance

  • Why is a good attendance important?
  • How is the school supporting you with improving your attendance this year?


PSHE and Citizenship

The National Curriculum for Citizenship requires secondary schools to cover three main areas:

  • Knowledge and understanding about becoming informed citizens
  • Developing skills of enquiry and communication
  • Developing skills of participation and responsible action

The national curriculum for Citizenship aims to ensure that all students:

Acquire a sound knowledge and understanding of how the United Kingdom is governed, its political system and how citizens participate actively in its democratic systems of government develop a sound knowledge and understanding of the role of law and the justice system in our society and how laws are shaped and enforced develop an interest in, and commitment to, participation in volunteering as well as other forms of responsible activity, that they will take with them into adulthood are equipped with the skills to think critically and debate political questions, to enable them to manage their money on a day-to-day basis, and plan for future financial needs.


Key Stage

Core Theme

Topics covered

Autumn A

Key Stage 3



Personal Wellbeing and Relationships.


How to develop and maintain a variety of healthy relationships within a range of social/cultural contexts.


How to identify and access appropriate advice and support.


Influences of social media on relationships.

Autumn A

Key Stage 4

The stigma of Mental Health.

How to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing.


How to identify and access help, advice and support.

Autumn B

Key Stage 3 and 4


How to make informed choices and be enterprising and ambitious.


How to develop employability, team working and leadership skills and develop flexibility and resilience


How personal financial choices can affect oneself and others and about rights and responsibilities as consumers

Spring A

Key Stage 3 - 5

Healthy relationships*


This topic is covered again due to Student Voice and staff feedback.









Living in the Wider World

Expect Respect teacher booklet: www.womensaid.org.uk

The impact of gender stereotypes.


Reasons why conflict can occur in relationships and know and feel confident about using assertive techniques for dealing with such conflict.


About the rights and responsibilities as members of diverse communities, as active citizens and participants in the local and national economy.


About the potential tension between human rights, British law, cultural and religious expectations and practices.


Developing understanding the British political procedures and institutions


Highlighting importance of living in a democratic society.

Spring B

Key Stage 3 – 5












Topics that will be covered:

  1. Mobiles
  2. Gaming
  3. Social Networking
  4. Chatting
  5. Podcasts
  6. Blogs

Resource www.thinkuknow.co.uk


Signposting students to outside agencies and charities.

Summer A

Key Stage 3 - 5

Sustainable living

  • Importance of recycling.
  • Influence of the media.
  • Information about Charity and Voluntary Sector.
  • Financial literacy.

Summer B

Key Stage 3 – 5

Healthy Living

Sexual health

Drugs and alcohol

Health risks

Teenage pressures.