Hednesford Valley High

Hednesford Vallery High School

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Curriculum - PSHE

What is PSHE?

‘PSHE education is a planned, developmental programme of learning designed to help students develop the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, now and in the future.

It deals with real life issues which affect children and young people, their families and their communities, and engages with the social and economic realities of their lives, experiences and attitudes’




The Purpose of PSHE

For students:

  • Develop inter-personal skills
  • Develop intra-personal skills
  • Building resilience
  • Awareness of the wider community
  • Awareness of laws
  • Develop life skills
  • Develop independent skills

For parents:

  • Empower and upskill parents to support their children
  • Building confidence
  • Developing communication between home and school
  • Developing understanding of other cultures and faiths

For School:

  • Wider outcomes
  • Underpins the curriculum
  • Student wellbeing and attainment

For Community and Society:

  • Develop tolerance, acceptance and understanding of people with SEND
  • Enable students to become confident members of the community and not accept second best


Boxall Profile

The Boxall Profile is an invaluable resource for helping teachers to develop a precise and accurate understanding of children's emotional and behavioural difficulties, and for planning effective interventions and support activities.  The students develop the skills across the curriculum but particularly in PSHE lessons.

The students are scored across the following strands:




Developmental Strands

Organisation of Experience

A - Gives purposeful attention

B - Participates constructively

C - Connects up experiences

D - Shows insightful involvement

E - Engages cognitively with peers

Internalisation of Controls

F - Is emotionally secure

G - Is biddable and accepts constraints

H - Accommodates to others

I - Responds constructively to others

J - Maintains internalised standards

Diagnostic Strands

Self-limiting Features

Q - Disengaged

R - Self-negating

Undeveloped Behaviour

S - Undifferentiated attachments

T - Inconsequential behaviour

U - Craves attachment, reassurance

Unsupported Development

V - Avoids/rejects attachment

W - Insecure sense of self

X - Negativism towards self

Y - Negativism towards others

Z - Wants grabs disregarding others

Developmental strands -  Students are given the opportunity to develop these skills in all PSHE lessons

Diagnostic strands – Through PSHE students are given the strategies to overcome these areas of concern


Overarching concepts developed through PSHE Curriculum

During the student’s time at Hednesford Valley High School students will learn about:


The PSHE curriculum will be reviewed each year to ensure that it is relevant and up-to-date for the students at Hednesford Valley High School taking into account current issues and the Public Health England Child Health Profile.

The March 2016 Child Health Profile shows the key issues in Staffordshire are:

  • The health and wellbeing of children is generally better than the England average
  • The level of child poverty is better than the England average
  • Children in Staffordshire have average levels of obesity
  • The Teenage pregnancy rate is higher than the England average
  • There is a lower rate of children in care compared to the England average


Programme Overview

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Year 11

Sixth Form