St Thomas à Becket Catholic Secondary School

A Voluntary Academy


PHSE at Beckets

1st Jan 1970


Dear Parents and Carers,

As a part of your child’s education at St Thomas a Becket Catholic School we promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education programme. PSHE education is the curriculum subject that gives young people the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live safe, healthy, productive lives and meet their full potential.

I am writing to let you know that, over the next year your child’s class will be taking part in fortnightly PSHE lessons some of which will focus on the relationships and sex education (RSE) aspect of this programme. RSE lessons will include teaching about topics such as: Healthy relationships, including friendships and intimate relationships; families; growing and changing, including puberty; personal hygiene; changing feelings; becoming more independent; keeping safe and consent; developing self-esteem and confidence.

Pupils will also have opportunities to ask questions that help prepare them for relationships of all kinds in the modern world. PSHE education is taught throughout the school in every year group and is monitored and reviewed regularly by the staff and Senior Leadership team. Please visit the statutory information section on the school’s website or see below for more detail about our PSHE curriculum. All PSHE teaching will take place in a safe learning environment and is underpinned by our Catholic school ethos and values.

As a school community, we are committed to working in partnership with parents. If you would like to find out more or discuss any concerns, we would urge you to contact us and we will either arrange to talk or meet with you individually or to facilitate a larger meeting as required.


Yours sincerely,


Mrs KM Fallon

Subject lead for PSHE education & 2nd in RE

PSHE stands for Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education

It covers three main areas:

a)      Health and wellbeing e.g. mental and physical health

b)      Relationships e.g. Positive friendships and relationships

c)      Living in the wider world e.g. managing money


PSHE is delivered once a fortnight by form tutors and sometimes external speakers.

PSHE includes Relationships and Sex Education which is taught within the context of Roman Catholic teachings about relationships.

From September 2020:

All secondary schools in England will be required to teach Relationships and Sex Education.

Health Education will be introduced as a compulsory subject in all state funded schools in England. 

Parents and carers may withdraw their children from Sex Education until three terms before they are 16 in secondary school.

Parents are not permitted to withdraw their child from elements of sex education (for example reproductive and biological aspects) that are within the science curriculum.

Parents and carers may NOT withdraw their children from Relationships Education or Health Education in primary or secondary school.

Year 7:

Autumn Term:

  • Transition to secondary school
  • Bullying and social risks of using the internet
  • Healthy lifestyles – impact of the media and role models


Spring Term:

  • Healthy lifestyles – focusing on importance of sleep
  • Healthy and unhealthy relationships
  • Physical and emotional changes in puberty
  • Risks of alcohol, tobacco and other substances


Summer Term

  • Saving, spending and budgeting money
  • Making ethical financial decisions
  • Introduction to careers


Year 8

Autumn Term

  • Personal safety focusing on road safety
  • Alcohol and drug misuse and peer influence
  • Introduction to sexuality and consent


Spring Term

  • Online safety and digital literacy
  • Understanding the options process and future careers
  • Rights of consumers and risks and consequences of financial decisions


Summer Term

  • Rights and responsibilities in the community – tackling discrimination
  • Mental health and emotional wellbeing including body image
  • Managing change and loss


Year 9

Autumn Term

  • Peer pressure and assertiveness
  • Risks associated with gangs
  • Resilience and managing mental health and wellbeing including sleep
  • Healthy and unhealthy approaches to eating
  • Tackling homophobia, transphobia and sexual discrimination


Spring Term

  • Managing conflict at home and the dangers of running away from home
  • Drugs – UK law and physical and health risks
  • Employability and enterprise


Summer Term

  • British law in relation to young people
  • Healthy, respectful romantic relationships including consent
  • Safe and healthy sexual relationships


Year 10

Autumn Term

  • Tackling relationship myths and expectations and resolving problems
  • Sexual consent and CSE
  • Keeping mentally and physically healthy in KS4
  • Mental illness and support available


Spring Term

  • Budgeting, credit and the causes of debt
  • Risks associated with gambling
  • Body image and the impact of the media
  • British values and community cohesion
  • Prejudice and discrimination
  • Drug and alcohol use – influence of the media and risks involved

Summer Term

  • Managing change, grief and bereavement
  • Employability and enterprise
  • Parenthood


Year 11

Autumn Term

  • Understanding the college application process
  • Skills for employment
  • Self esteem and coping with stress
  • Healthy relationships - forced marriage and domestic abuse and dealing with harassment


Spring Term

  • Money management
  • Health and safety in independent contexts
  • Teenage cancer – prevention and treatment
  • Taking responsibility for health choices including vaccinations


Summer Term

  • Challenging extremism and radicalisation

PHSE at Beckets


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The Bishop Konstant Catholic Academy Trust is an exempt charity regulated by the Secretary of State for Education. It is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales, company number 8253770, whose registered office is at The Zucchi Suite, Nostell Business Estate, Nostell, Wakefield WF4 1AB.