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The Barlow RC High School


Curriculum Area: PSHCE
Curriculum Leader: Mrs Wilcox
Additional Staff: Mrs Lamb, MISs Woodward, Mrs Bowyer, Miss McGhee, Mr Carr, Mr Crehan, Mrs Johnson, Mr Anderson-Fitter, Miss Papadapolous

PSCHE Learning Journey

RSE Learning Journey

Inspirational Quote

“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

Jesus’ words in the Gospel underpin our vision for PSHCE. At the Barlow we aim to inspire and empower pupils so they can live life to the full.

Curriculum Intent

At The Barlow, the intent of our Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Economic Education (PSHCE) curriculum is to equip our pupils with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to lead confident, healthy, and responsible lives both now and in their future roles as contributing members of society.

Our PSHCE education curriculum aims to provide a comprehensive program that addresses students' personal development, health and well-being, relationships, and economic well-being. 

Our intention is to foster pupils' personal resilience, emotional intelligence, and cultural awareness. We strive to promote positive mental health, develop pupils' understanding of healthy relationships, nurture their financial literacy, and provide them with the essential knowledge to make informed decisions about their physical and mental well-being. Through our PSHCE curriculum, we wish to ensure that our pupils are well-prepared for the challenges and opportunities they may encounter in their personal and professional lives.

The Curriculum

We implement our PSHCE curriculum through a well-structured and sequenced series of lessons and activities, tailored to meet the diverse needs and backgrounds of our pupils.
Our spiralling curriculum covers the 3 main PSHE themes, health and wellbeing, living in the wider world and relationships. Each year pupils build upon their prior knowledge to help shape and inform their view of the world
Lessons are carefully planned to ensure they are age-appropriate and relevant to the developmental stage of our pupils.
Our curriculum is designed to be inclusive and accessible to all learners, promoting understanding, empathy, and respect for different cultures, beliefs, and identities. 

Our curriculum covers a wide range of topics, including:

  • Mental health and emotional well-being 
  • Relationships and sex education 
  • Physical health and healthy lifestyles 
  • Substance misuse and safety 
  • Financial capabilities and economic well-being 
  • Online safety and digital literacy 
  • Diversity, equality, and inclusion 
  • Careers, employability, and enterprise 

PSHCE is not just taught in isolation but also interwoven and spanning across the whole curriculum.
We actively seek opportunities to make cross-curricular links with subjects such as science, physical education, design technology and religious studies. This fosters a holistic understanding of the topics covered in PSHCE and reinforces their relevance in everyday life. 

We value our pupils' input, recognising the importance of involving them in the planning and delivery of PSHCE education. We actively seek pupil feedback on the curriculum, ensuring that their voices are heard and considered in shaping the content and delivery methods. Pupils are encouraged to actively participate in lessons, ask questions, express their opinions, and engage in reflective activities that encourage self-awareness and critical thinking. 


Our PSHCE curriculum equips pupils with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for success in their future roles as responsible and active citizens. Pupils develop a sense of social responsibility, cultural awareness, and respect for diversity. They demonstrate an understanding of their rights and responsibilities within their communities, preparing them to contribute positively to society.