The PHSE curriculum at Babington Academy is called Wellbeing. It aims to develop students in becoming well-rounded and aware citizens who are equipped to cope with the challenges and changes in our modern society. We aim to provide our students with a curriculum for life. The Wellbeing curriculum forms part of Babington’s Personal Development programme and includes work to improve students’ health and emotional wellbeing. PSHE and SRE develop students’ skills to manage relationships and be economically active and intend to give students the skills necessary to keep them safe, including keeping them safe in an ever-changing virtual world. In the programme we also promote students’ health and wellbeing, including personal health, mental health and healthy living. The Wellbeing curriculum is delivered in Wellbeing lessons, assemblies and across the curriculum in a variety of subjects, including Science and English.  The Wellbeing curriculum develops important understanding and appreciation of the British Values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and respect and tolerance.

Curriculum overview:

Year group

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3


Respect Programme

Content covered: to explore and understand the following issues; stereotyping, prejudice, alternative perspectives, respect, dealing with conflict, Britishness, democracy and the rule of law.


Content covered: Understand the term ‘Global citizen’ and then develop knowledge of how this is related to their own lives. Look at skills and attributes needed to be an effective global citizen. Understand the impact we have on society and our own communities.

Personal Wellbeing

Content covered: Explore and be able to understand what mental ill health is, know the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and then link this to physical ill health. To have the skills to help combat the symptoms of mental ill health and be able to apply them. Identify specific mental illnesses and apply the coping strategies.

Sex and Relationships Education (SRE)

Content covered Have knowledge of the menstrual cycle and understand the emotional and physical effects of this. Build on knowledge of puberty, body changes, mood changes and brain development. Develop knowledge of different issues surrounding sex e.g. FGM. Build skills to help students cope with a range of relationships e.g. friendships, family etc. and consider the challenges linked to them. Knowledge and understanding of body image and the difference between healthy and unhealthy body image with links to self-esteem.


Schools Linking Project

Content covered: to explore similarities and differences within the school community focusing on race, religion, culture and ethnicity. Students will reflect on and consider a range of issues that can arise in communities and then share their considerations with other classes to see how they match up. This aims to get students to connect with one another regardless of background or culture.


Personal Development and Wellbeing

Content covered: Develop skills to ensure that students understand how to stay safe online and to understand the potential dangers online.

Understand why healthy eating is important and develop knowledge of what eating disorders are and have skills to be able to protect themselves.

Understand how they can protect themselves against self-harm. Develop knowledge of what substance abuse it and understand the dangers of getting involved with substance abuse.

Sex and Relationships Education (SRE)

Content covered Develop knowledge of healthy and unhealthy relationships and be able to recognise signs of abuse in relationships. Understanding of consent and how to give a receive consent.

Begin to secure knowledge of CSE (child sexual exploitation) and to know what grooming is, how young people are exploited and the signs and stages of grooming. Students will have the skills and knowledge to identify risks and be able to reduce it and know how to get support and advice for any of the above issues. Introduction to contraception.


Respect Programme – Citizenship - Prevent

Content covered: explore issues such as fake news, half-truths, click baiting, extremism and extremist narratives. Students to build resilience and skills to avoid the extremism trap and question ‘fake news’.

Economic Understanding and Financial Capability (EUFC)

Content covered:

This unit will give you a good basic understanding of money and finance and focuses on giving students the knowledge and understanding that they need to be confident and sensible financial consumers. Knowledge includes consumer rights and responsibilities, different types of insurance, fraud, scam and how money pressures can impact our mental health.


Sex and Relationships Education (SRE)

Content covered Securing knowledge of CSE and how it can impact upon a young person’s emotional wellbeing. Have skills to make positive choices in exploitative situations. Understanding the need for open communication in healthy relationships. Knowledge of where they can get advice and support if they are concerned about exploitation. Consolidating understanding of consent. Build on knowledge of contraception and why it is important. Development of knowledge around STI’s and how they are transmitted. Considering the impact of online and offline relationships, including sexting.


Economic Understanding and Financial Capability (EUFC)

Content covered:  Develop knowledge and understanding of budgeting for living, to have the appropriate skills to manage financial risk, build skills and understanding around having a bank account, how finance is important in their lives, what is debt and the risks credit unions and payday loans pose and developing advance knowledge of living independently.


Content covered: Develop knowledge and understanding regarding their future careers, beginning with understanding the importance of ‘branding ourselves’ to support applications. Skills like; writing and effective CV, tweaking a CV, writing a covering letter, college application processes will be developed. Students will prepare for work experience placements.

Sex and Relationships Education (SRE)

Content covered Strengthen knowledge of healthy relationships, build skills to manage relationships and address relationship myths. Consider the impacts of relationship breakdown and challenging relationships. Understanding different families (same sex parents etc.) and consider parenting skills. Knowledge of marriage – religious viewpoints included. Re-affirm knowledge around sexual health and the risks. Consolidate knowledge of the following; contraception, STI’s & FGM.



Content covered:  Students explore the next steps they can take post-16, consider what the labour market is, develop skills around effective applications and CVs, and understand the importance of assessing your skills, strengths, qualities and achievements when applying for jobs.


Sex and Relationships Education (SRE)

Content covered: Develop and build on prior learning of SRE, including having knowledge of and understanding the risks of; CSE (Kayleigh’s Love Story), sexual health, secure understanding of consent and consider the influences and dangers of pornography. Throughout the schemata, each issue will be looked at from different relationship perspectives e.g. same sex relationships and consent.

Personal Development and Wellbeing

Content covered:

Discover and develop coping skills and strategies for managing exam stress. Practise and perfect the use of strategies that work best for them personally.

Implement strategies effectively to support them through their exam period.


SRE Policy:

SRE Policy


Useful websites and resources:

Websites/books/resources that students can access to help them in their learning:

  1. – News articles
  2. - Information about politics
  3. - Financial information for young people
  4. - Information on drugs, health and relationships
  5.– information about the emotional wellbeing  of young people
  6. -information for parents/carers on dealing with issues which affect young people