Berwick Academy

Personal Health and Social Education


Our curriculum is based around core themes of ‘Independence and Aspirations’, ‘Autonomy and Advocacy’, and ‘Choices and Influences’.  In Key Stages 3 and 4, students will receive one hour of teaching per week, delivered by their personal tutor, plus additional PHSE events throughout the year, drop-down days, assemblies and extended tutor time as appropriate.


We aim to help students develop key interpersonal skills which will help them to be successful during their time at Berwick Academy, both academically and personally.  Students will work on enhancing their oracy and personal advocacy skills, including developing strategies to manage challenges and risks, and accessing appropriate support services.  Throughout the PSHE programme, we support students to develop confidence, self-worth, and adaptability. Students will work on developing appropriate personal relationships, including empathy and compassion and clarifying personal values.


Students will also develop their analytical skills, and use strategies to identify bias and manage influences, with a focus on making good decisions. We will work continually on the development of goal setting, analytical and decision making skills to enable students to make well-informed choices for life after school.


We support our students to make key decisions regarding Key Stage 4 options, including sources of advice, developing their personal aspirations and making well-informed choices. This includes a fully supported GCSE options process, with access to external independent careers advice.  The PHSE programme also includes a fully supported post-16 and post-18 options process, including external independent careers advice, and engagement opportunities with potential employers, vocational and higher education providers.


For more detailed information about PHSE please make reference to the following curriculum plan(s). Please note, curriculum plans are developed on an ongoing basis.

 Year 9 LTP 2023-24.pdfDownload
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