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Nottingham Academy

Citizenship and PSHE


As an Academy it is our obligation to provide a balanced and broadly-based curriculum which promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils at the Academy and of society, and prepare pupils at the Academy for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.  PSHE education helps pupils to develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to manage many of the critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face as they grow up and in adulthood.  The Department for Education guidance states that PSHE should be ‘an important and necessary part of all pupils’ education’ and that ‘schools should seek to use PSHE education to build, where appropriate, on the statutory content already outlined in the national curriculum, the basic school curriculum and in statutory guidance on: drug education, financial education, sex and relationship education (SRE) and the importance of physical activity and diet for a healthy lifestyle.'  By teaching pupils to stay safe and healthy, and by building self-esteem, resilience and empathy, we expect our PSHE programme can tackle barriers to learning, raise aspirations, and improve the life chances of all of our pupils.


Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) at Key Stage 3 and 4 endeavours to help pupils to lead confident, healthy and responsible lives as individuals and members of our Academy community and in the wider society.  Through work in lessons and a range of activities across and beyond the curriculum, pupils gain practical knowledge and skills to help them live healthily and deal with the spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues they may face as they approach adulthood.

PSHE also gives pupils opportunities to reflect on their experiences and how they are developing. It helps them to understand and manage responsibly a wider range of relationships as they mature and to show respect for the diversity of and differences between people.  It also develops pupils’ well-being and self-esteem encouraging belief in their ability to succeed and enabling them to take responsibility for their learning and future choice of courses and career.

Aims of the PSHE Programme
  • To enable all pupils to develop as fully as possible their interests, abilities and aptitudes and to make additional provision for those who are in any way disadvantaged. 
  • To allow pupils to develop lively, enquiring minds so that they can be capable of independent thought and formulate their own opinions. 
  •  To experience the enjoyment of learning so that they may be encouraged to take advantage of educational opportunities later in life. 
  •  To develop appropriate skills in literacy and numeracy.  
  •  To develop programmes of study and experiences which will enhance pupils self-respect and confidence and encourage them to take responsibility for themselves and their actions.
  •  To provide pupils with the necessary skills to respond effectively to social, economic and political changes as well as changing patterns of work. 
  •  To develop social skills that are necessary to work successfully with other people both inside and outside of the school environment. 
  •  To equip pupils for their adult roles in society and help them to understand the responsibilities of being parents, citizens and consumers.  
  •  To encourage appreciation of, and concern for, the environment. 
  •  To develop interests and skills that will continue to give personal satisfaction in the use of leisure time. 
  •  To establish partnerships between the school and the community it serves and help to develop an understanding of the wider community and the ways in which individuals and school relate. 
  •  To develop a curriculum which enhances pupil’s knowledge and experience and allows them to learn about themselves and the society in which they live, through a variety of social and moral issues.  
  •  To provide pupils with the experience of school as a caring, supportive community where life is enjoyable and there is equal provision of opportunity, regardless of gender, race, culture or ability. 
  •  To enable pupils to make informed choices when considering the development of a healthy and safer lifestyle. 
  • To give students the confidence to discuss difficult issues by encouraging non-judgemental participation by students and staff.

An overview of the Nottingham Academy PSHE Programme 

Year Half Term 1

Half Term 2 

Half Term 3 Half Term 4 Half Term 5 Half Term 6
7 Respect Staying Safe (including bullying / online safety) Transition & Peer Relations  Law & Responsibility - Gangs, Knife and Hate Crime  Healthy Relationships Careers
 8 Respect Rights and Responsibilities (including bullying / online safety) Health & Hygiene Law & Order, Anti-Social Behaviour, (including hate crimes) Body Image Careers & Options 
9 Respect Sexual Health & Parenthood Managing Social Media & Self Esteem Gangs & Knives Aspiration & Inspiration Study Skills 
10 Respect Extremism & Radicaliasation Hate Crime relating to gender, race & sexuality  Gangs & Knives  Aspiration & Inspiration  Study Skills 
11 Respect Extremism & Radicaliasation Hate Crime relating to gender, race & sexuality  Aspiration & Inspiration  Gangs & Knives