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Year 10 & 11 Personal, Social & Health Education

Students are taught PSHE in their tutor groups. PSHE in Years 10 and 11 focusses on revisiting different topics and building upon them. PSHE in KS4 teaches about ‘next steps’ and ‘real life’ situations – including, in Year 11, about how to self-check different body parts, or who to speak to after they leave school for different concerns/checks.

Alongside this, there is a prominent focus on good mental health during exam periods, as well as supporting students in discovering different revision techniques and strategies. Students will also be taught how to create a revision timetable to use at home.

Relationships and Sex Education content will include, but is not limited to:

  • The facts about reproductive health, including fertility, and the potential impact of lifestyle on fertility for men and women and menopause.
  • That all aspects of health can be affected by choices they make in sex and relationships, positively or negatively, e.g. physical, emotional, mental, sexual and reproductive health and wellbeing.
  • The facts around pregnancy including miscarriage.
  • That there are choices in relation to pregnancy (with medically and legally accurate, impartial information on all options, including keeping the baby, adoption, abortion and where to get further help).
  • The Dangers of Pornography and that specifically sexually explicit material e.g. pornography presents a distorted picture of sexual behaviours, can damage the way people see themselves in relation to others and negatively affect how they behave towards sexual partners. 
  • How the use of alcohol and drugs can lead to risky sexual behaviour. how to get further advice, including how and where to access confidential sexual and reproductive health advice and treatment.
  • Learning how to distinguish between Healthy and Unhealthy Relationships and who to speak to for support.


See our RSE Web Page for more information

Health and Wellbeing will include, but is not limited to aspects of personal health and safety, such as:

  • Diet and exercise
  • Physical and mental health
  • Healthy Lifestyles, Physical Health, Positive Mental Health
  • Common types of mental ill health (e.g. anxiety and depression)
  • The impact of unhealthy or obsessive comparison with others online (including through setting unrealistic expectations for body image)
  • Sleep Hygiene
  • Mindfulness
  • How to self-check
  • How to revise
  • How to cope with stress
  • How to cope with different emotions

Careers Education will take place for all Year groups throughout the year both as dedicated Careers lessons and appropriate Applied Learning Opportunities such as Mock Interview practice and employer lead workshops.

How will my child be assessed and how will I know how well they are doing in PSHE in Year 10 & 11?

  • There is no formal assessment in PSHE.

What homework will my child be expected to do in Year 10 & 11 in PSHE?

  • There is no homework given in PSHE.

How can I support my child to do well in PSHE during Year 10 & 11?

The best way students can be supported in PSHE is to have regular discussions at home about Relationships and Sex Education. Please visit the Relationships and Sex Education page on Wavell’s website for further support.

The Department for Education specify that, by the end of Secondary School, students should have a working knowledge about:

  • Families
  • Respectful relationships, including friendships
  • Online and media
  • Being safe
  • Intimate and sexual relationships, including sexual health
  • It is important to know what the law says about sex, relationships and young people, as well as broader safeguarding issues.

Please also refer to The Wavell School Promoting British Values document on the PSHE page.

What equipment may my child need in addition to the standard school equipment?

  • PSHE is predominately discussion based.

How will we support those students who were unable to work properly during the school closures and have gaps in their knowledge/understanding?

  • We are mindful that there was a toll on students’ mental health having to live through Covid. As a response to this, staff members have had the choice to volunteer to be part of one of three groups: the first is the Mental Health Forum and the second is the Inclusivity Forum. Staff members can volunteer to attend meetings after school once a half term where we discuss different projects to be included in your child’s school day to ensure the school is as inclusive as it can be, and that students learn how to manage their emotions. The third is a new PSHE Forum – one tutor from each year group is responsible for feeding back about the impact of our curriculum on your children. They are responsible for helping me implement effective and impactful lessons in a timely way. It is important that the PSHE curriculum is reactive and meaningful.


Updated September 2023