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PSHE (Personal, Social, Health, and Economic Education)

What we teach in the classroom will help our pupils foster lifelong aspirations, goals and values. With this in mind, PSHE is a chance to give every child and young person an equal opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge they need to thrive now and in the future.


At Darwen Aldridge Community Academy, we believe that a high quality PSHE provision establishes the foundation for our student’s future.  By providing and encouraging opportunities to explore the wider world, and foster positive interactions with others.  Essentially, we provide the chance for every student to have the tools to make safe and  informed decisions for their future. We aim to:

  • Provide students with what they need to know to be safe, healthy and manage their lives, academic, personal and social as well as off and online.
  • Enable students to be independent and to take care of themselves, as well as empower them to know where to receive support if problems arise.
  • Build young people who are resilient, happy, successful, productive, kind, generous and honest.
  • Support student wellbeing by providing them with mechanisms to cope during stressful periods and support them in developing their ability to learn and avoid distractions.
  • Encourage debate and curiosity in the world around them, developing a deeper understanding of their place in the community and the impact that has.


Our curriculum is designed and based on the recommended programme from the PSHE Association. We ensure that the statutory curriculum content found within the Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education guidance (2019) is delivered in a timely way and is age and developmentally appropriate to meet the needs of our students, including those students with SEND.

Controversial topics will be covered with sensitivity and respect for all viewpoints. The curriculum is not aimed to instruct what is right and wrong, but to consider different perspectives and provide students with the information to make their own informed decisions.

An Overview of our Curriculum can be found here.  An alternate version can be found here.

An Overview of the PSHE Association curriculum intent, which we base our curriculum from can be found here


At Key Stage 3 (KS3), discrete lessons are timetabled for one hour per week and is used for the Personal, Social, and Health Education (PSHE) studies. Delivery of PSHE occurs in this lesson, along with tutor sessions.

At Key Stage 4 (KS4) and Key Stage 5 (KS5), PSHE is delivered in tutor times and through drop-down sessions/days spread out during the academic year. 

To support the delivery of the PSHE curriculum, some content may also be delivered in other timetabled lessons such as: Science, Computer Science, and Religious Education.

What we teach and when we teach it