Arthur Mellows Village College

Delivering learning for life within an aspirational culture


PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)

Life skills at Arthur Mellows Village College encompasses the guidance issued by the PSHE Association which also covers Statutory Guidance from the Department for Education of what must be covered in schools and meets the good quality standards set out:

RSE Good Quality Standards

How they are met

1. Is an identifiable part of our PSHE education curriculum, which has planned, timetabled lessons across all the key stages.

Students have one 50 minute lesson per timetable cycle (fortnightly). Lessons are mapped against the PSHE Association framework. Key Stage 5 is overseen by the Sixth Form Team, but ensuring links with the PSHE Co-ordinator, particularly with transitioning Year 11’s.

2. Is taught by staff regularly trained in RSE and PSHE (with expert visitors invited in to enhance and supplement the programme where appropriate)

There are 2 core teachers whose teaching role is predominantly PSHE. The PSHE co-ordinator oversees and plans the lessons to ensure quality and consistency. Visitors from iCASH, Road safety, Aspire, Water safety come in to lessons to deliver and enhance the programme. iCASH also run the HYPA clinic on a Wednesday lunchtime for students to drop in and see specialists with sexual health, drugs and the school nurse is also available during this time.

3. Works in partnership with the parents and carers, informing them about what their children will be learning and about how they can contribute at home.

The PSHE co-ordinator communicates with parents to inform them of key lessons such as puberty and RSE lessons. At key points information and guidance is sent home to parents such as internet safety, choices with further education, support with options. Information evening to parents is provisionally planned going forwards from September to give parents information and confidence to support their child. PSHE curriculum is on the College Website. Parent feedback is encouraged to ensure the curriculum is working in the best interests of their child.

4. Delivers lessons where pupils feel safe and encourages participation by using a variety of teaching approaches with opportunities to develop critical thinking and relationship skills.

PSHE teachers have consistent ground rules for each lesson. These are embedded at the start of the year and reminded of during lessons, particularly when focussing on sensitive issues. Students are encouraged to think and form their own opinions. Students reflect at the end of the lesson in line with the school’s purple pen policy to show progress. Students are assessed termly on not only their knowledge and understanding, but also their skills, attributes and attitudes.

5. Is based on reliable sources of information including about the law and legal rights, and distinguishes between fact and opinion.

Legitimate websites and ones supported by the PSHE association are used along with government websites. Facts are given such as legal age, law on consent, law on inappropriate photographs of minors, abuse, FGM, drugs, alcohol. Students are given links to organisations who can support.

6. Promotes safe, equal, caring and enjoyable relationships and discusses real life issues appropriate to the age and stage of pupils, including friendships, families, consent, relationship abuse, sexual exploitation and safe relationships online.

The PSHE curriculum is based on the 3 core strands of the PSHE Association programme of study to ensure all areas are addressed in all Key Stages.

The PSHE association framework is divided into content for KS3 and KS4. The curriculum has a  proactive approach to prevent issues from occurring due to being well educated and informed to make healthy safe decisions.

7. Gives a positive view of human sexuality, with honest and medically accurate information, so that pupils can learn about their bodies and sexual reproductive health in ways that are appropriate to their age and maturity.

Key teachers have received RSE training and disseminate information across the PSHE team of teachers. Resources are used from reputable sources such as Big Talk Education, PIXL and other reputable organisations.

8. Gives pupils opportunities to reflect on values and influences (such as from peers, media, faith and culture) that may shape their attitudes to relationships and sex, and nurtures respect for different views.

Students are encouraged in lessons to form their own opinions, question others’ opinions in a constructive respectful manner and to listen to all viewpoints. They are taught early on in Key Stage 3 about media influence, peer pressure and society.

9. Includes learning about how to get help and treatment from sources such as the school nurse and other health and advice services, including reliable information online.

Students are informed about the HYPA clinic on a Wednesday lunchtime where iCASH nurses and the school nurse are available. Reputable websites are signposted to students in the appropriate lessons.

10. Fosters gender equality and LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans) equality and challenges all forms of discrimination in RSE lessons and in every day school life.

AMVC has received the Rainbow Flag Award from the Kite Trust. Students have received HBT bullying assemblies, SIMs has been updated to include HBT bullying. Students are educated in Key Stages 3 and 4 on diversity and tolerance. There is a Diversity support group which runs on a Tuesday lunchtime.

11. Meets the needs of all pupils with their diverse experiences- including those with special educational needs and disabilities.

Teachers are aware of students with SEN, pupil premium, looked after children, and those who may struggle with certain content due to their life experiences. Students are clear on their rights in the classroom if they find a topic challenging.

12. Seeks pupils’ views about RSE so that teaching can be made relevant to their real lives and assessed and adapted as their needs change.

Students have an assessment every term where they can feedback their views and to ask any unanswered questions. Surveys are also sent out to seek students’ views in the form of student council and tutor time.

PSHE is a dedicated lesson once a fortnight delivered by qualified trained PSHE staff to deal sensitively with a wide range of topics. Lessons are adapted to ensure they are age appropriate for the content.

Life skills deals with real life situations which affect our children, families and communities. We are passionate about equipping our students to be responsible, well informed, resilient and compassionate individuals who personally develop through the Lifeskills programme.

Lifeskills is a major contribution towards:

  • Safeguarding education for children
  • Promoting health and wellbeing
  • Promoting personal and social skills leading towards employability
  • Increasing independence and responsibility for themselves
  • Tolerance and resilience for themselves and others

PSHE is also about forming positive collaborative relationships with parents and carers to enable them to feel confident addressing a wide range of sensitive issues with their own child. We feel it is important to engage with parents so they feel comfortable to seek advice and support where necessary, free from judgement.

Year 7


Transition into secondary, emotional health, equality and disabilities, bullying and intolerance, friendship and diversity, finance and budgeting, road safety, puberty, healthy living, smoking and vaping, alcohol, drugs, careers


Year 8


Peer pressure, cyber bullying, sexting, online safety, body image and the media, self-esteem, harmful viewing, sleep, emotional health, guess the professional, alcohol 2, drugs 2, relationships and consent, relationship loss, finance and budgeting,


Year 9


First aid, Immunisation, vaccination and antibiotics, blood and organ donation, emotional health problems, cancer awareness, Relationships and Sexual Education scheme of work (consent, risks, relationships, sexuality, infection and protection, pregnancy and parenthood) sexting, finance and budgeting in the real world.


Year 10


Careers profiling, work experience selection, exploitation, relationship abuse, diversity, stereotypes and prejudice, FGM, extremism, cost of a child, foetal alcohol syndrome, breast and testicular cancer, contraception and protection, pornography and addiction.


Year 11


Review of work experience, personal statement, CV’s, interview preparation, mock interviews, post 16 options, achievement file, consent, sextortion, resilience, personal finance, tax and national insurance, gambling and addiction.




Students are assessed once a term to ensure lesson content has been understood, embedded and to track progress. Students evaluate and reflect on what they have learnt each lesson so we can monitor the effectiveness and the impact of each lesson. Student Voice is used to give students the opportunity to have their concerns and opinions raised for ongoing lesson development. All students complete a yearly evaluation to assess the effectiveness of the year’s content.  Additional input into the PSHE curriculum is through assemblies, tutor time, guest speakers, collapsed days, visits and trips.

Themed collapsed days run by external professionals:

Year 8 – Keep Me Safe

Year 9 – Prison Me No Way

Year 10 – Preparation for work

Year 11 – Health day



Aims – Arthur Mellows Village College follows the Department for Education’s (2013) guidance for a citizenship curriculum which 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.

At Arthur Mellows our curriculum is broad and balanced, complies with legislation and provides a wide range of subjects which prepares our students with the necessary skills to become well-rounded citizens that are able to positively affect our society.

Throughout Key Stage 3, the core principles of citizenship are mapped and monitored across all other areas in the College. Citizenship lessons are supported by a comprehensive Lifeskills programme and assemblies which offer students further knowledge to positively impact their lives.

Students in Key Stage 3 receive one Citizenship lesson each fortnight. This is delivered by trained and experienced teachers who deliver high-quality lessons which gives students a forum to discuss and develop their own opinions and tackle challenging topics.

Citizenship Themes – The Citizenship curriculum at Arthur Mellows Village College aims to prepare students for life in Modern Britain. A key focus for our students is the four British Values; democracy, individual liberty, the law, mutual respect and tolerance which are all embedded within the curriculum and the ethos at Arthur Mellows. However, in order to broaden our students learning, 6 overall themes have been incorporated into the curriculum.

The Citizenship themes are:

  • Democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Individual liberty
  • Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith
  • Money management
  • Rights and responsibilities






  • Democracy (Year 9, Lesson 1)
  • Government (Year 9, Lesson 2)
  • MP’s (Year 9, Lesson 3)
  • Election (Year 9, Lesson 4)
  • Parliament and Manifesto’s (Year 9, Lesson 5)
  • British Values (Year 7, Lesson 9)
  • Student Council
  • Student input into College rules.
  • Displays throughout the College.


The Rule of law

  • Crime and Punishment (Year 9, Lesson 8-10)
  • Role of the police ( Year 9, Lesson 11)
  • Civil and criminal law. Year 9, Lesson 12)
  • Criminal Justice System and Laws.
  • Prison, Me? No Way. Collapsed Day.
  • Displays throughout the College.

Individual liberty


  • Refugees (Year 8, Lessons 7 and 8)
  • Migration (Year 8, Lesson 9)
  • Freedom of Speech (Year 7, Lesson 8)
  • Pressure Groups (Year 9, Lesson 13)
  • Keep Me Safe Collapsed Day
  • Displays throughout the College.


Mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.

  • Patriotism (Year 8, Lesson 1)
  • Diversity (Year 8, Lesson 2)
  • National Culture (Year 8, Lessons 3-4)
  • British Identity (Year 8, Lesson 5)
  • Racism and Tolerance (Year 8, Lesson 6)
  • Islamophobia (Year 7, Lesson 14)
  • Extremism (Year 8, Lesson 14; Year 9 Lesson 14)


  • Prevent lessons, Radicalisation etc Age Appropriate.
  • Displays throughout the College.
  • Citizenship teachers have been instructed to recognise potential warning signs of radicalisation in line with the PREVENT policy

Money Management

  • Budgeting (Year 7, Lesson 11)
  • Finance (Year 8, Lesson 11)
  • Budgeting (Year 8, Lesson 12)
  • Finance workshops (Budgeting, Money Management etc)

Rights and Responsibilities

  • Rights and Responsibilities (Year 7, Lesson 2)
  • Human Rights (Year 7, Lesson 3-5)
  • Abuse of Human Rights (Year 7, Lesson 4)
  • Child Rights (Year 7, Lesson 5)
  • Animal Welfare (Year 7, Lesson 6)
  • Environment (Year 7, Lesson 10)
  • Fairtrade (Year 8, Lesson 10)
  • Apartheid (Year 7, Lesson 13)
  • Prison Me? No Way! Collapsed Day
  • Student Council








































HYPA is a Health and Young Persons Advice Clinic.  The College hosts a HYPA (Health and Young People Advice Centre).  It takes the form of a weekly ‘drop in’ opportunity offering a comprehensive health service for young people.  It is staffed by trained workers, including nurses and is available one lunchtime each week on the College site.  Seven other schools in Peterborough currently host an HYPA.

The service offers support on a range of health and emotional issues that affect many teenagers, for example, bullying, worries about weight, depression, relationships and sexual health.  It is possible that after appropriate counselling with a student, trained staff will provide condoms, pregnancy testing and emergency contraception.

Whilst the service is confidential, staff will encourage young people to discuss health issues with parents and carers.

The Governors and senior staff believe that this service complements our health education teaching programmes and recognises our responsibility to help students to make informed decisions on a whole range of health related issues.

The aim of HYPA is to encourage young people to access health care on a range of topics.  Students from Year 9 upwards are made aware of the clinic and what it offers if they ever feel the need to access it for confidential advice on the following areas:

  • Sexual health, including STI’s, contraception and pregnancy
  • Drugs
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol
  • Health Issues
  • Friendships Issues
  • Self-Harm
  • Depression and anxiety concerns
  • Diet


The service is manned by fully trained professionals in Sexual Health, Alcohol Awareness, Drugs Awareness, Youth Work Support, Nursing.

Further Resources:

Support and useful websites for parents:

General this website covers a wide range of topics and provides useful advice

Online Safety protecting children on and offline – welfare and support for children to reach out when in need – Support with issues involving child exploitation online

LGBTQ support and advice on LGBTQ issues – help and advice surrounding LGBTQ inclusivity and equality

Disability Help and support  Disability equality charity. Practical information and emotional support Support and advice, activities and events

Racism challenging hate crime and discrimination Stand Against Racism and Inequality  Show Racism the red card. UK anti-racism charity tacking racism in society.

Mental Health and Wellbeing support and information on mental health support and information on mental health including a parent helpline App to support and treat anxiety symptoms App to support against self-harm urges a non-profit organisation working with others to help make the internet a great and safe place for children. - a transformational digital mental health support service. It gives children and young people easy access to an online community of peers and a team of experienced counsellors. Access is free of the typical barriers to support: no waiting lists, no thresholds, no cost. – The app Headspace is here to give you the tools and resources to look after your mind.

Catch It – It is an App created as a joint project between the Universities of Liverpool and Manchester, to help users better understand their moods through use of an ongoing diary. – App to measure your heart rate and activities to help calm. – Improve your mental health by making music – Support, counselling and advice for bereavement

Health facts and information on drugs facts and information on alcohol -Get free, confidential support with alcohol, drugs or mental health in one of their local services or online – Drugs and alcohol services confidential sexual health advice, protection and testing – Breast Cancer support and advice – Cancer charity providing information and advice – Offering support and information and contact with nurses to answer your questions – Information and advice including how to check yourself Support and information for families and young people with cancer)

Careers – Support and information for careers – Support and information for careers Support with work experience and Careers

For any further signposting or advice or help in ways to support your child, please contact the PSHE and Citizenship Co-ordinators who can advise further.

Should you have any worries or feedback with regards to lesson content and delivery, we welcome your input in this partnership.