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Year 7 Personal, Social & Health Education

What will my child study in PSHE during Year 7?

Students are taught PSHE in their tutor groups. PSHE in Year 7 focuses on enabling students to identify positive friendships, going through puberty, the opportunity to learn about our country and community, British Values and gain and understanding of physical and mental wellbeing.

Areas covered include:

Health and Wellbeing

  • Personal aims and goals for the year ahead at school
  • Getting used to secondary school
  • Forming healthy friendships and relationships
  • Growing up and the challenges that can occur
  • Bullying behaviour and how to deal with it
  • Maintaining strong mental health through positive strategies and behaviour
  • Knowing who to talk to if someone is struggling
  • Mental Health
  • Mindfulness
  • The importance of kindness


  • What it means to be part of a community
  • Exploring the issues affect people in their neighbourhood and wider communities in different ways
  • British Society and Values
  • Identifying the concept of citizenship
  • Global Citizenship
  • 9 Protected Characteristics
  • Peer on Peer Abuse
  • Anti-Social Behaviour
  • Understanding about different disabilities
  • Learning about prejudice and prejudicial language/discrimination

Relationships and Sex Education

  • Recognising the physical and emotional changes that take place at puberty are different for boys and girls
  • That there is a range of physical development and emotional responses which are normal
  • How to keep physically and emotionally healthy
  • Developing a sense of self confidence
  • What makes a good friend
  • That there are different types of loving, committed relationships
  • The characteristics of positive and healthy friendships (in all contexts, including online) including: trust, respect, honesty, kindness, generosity and boundaries

See our RSE Web Page for more information

How will my child be assessed and how will I know how well they are doing in PSHE in Year 7?

  • There is no formal assessment in PSHE, although there are End of Unit Tests after each topic. These are done during lesson time and Peer Assessed.

What homework will my child be expected to do in Year 7 in PSHE?

  • There is no homework given in PSHE.

How can I support my child to do well in PSHE during Year 7?

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 August 2023