Life Lessons / Personal Development / SRE / PSHCE

Sheffield Park Academy is committed to the spiritual, moral, social, cultural, mental and physical development of every student.


This is reflected in the ethos of the school and its curriculum, especially the framework within which personal,social, health and career education (PSHCE/SRE) is taught.

PSHCE/SRE is split into three strands:

  • Health and wellbeing
  • Relationships and Sex Education
  • Living in the wider world (incorporating economic wellbeing and being as responsible citizen)

As the world changes, each new edition of our programme of study identifies new or emerging issues.

PSHCE/SRE education at Sheffield Park Academy is a planned, developmental programme of learning through which children and young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives now and in the future. As part of a whole-school approach, PSHCE/SRE education develops the qualities and attributes students need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society.


PSHCE/SRE education equips students to live healthy, safe, productive, capable, responsible and balanced lives. It encourages them to be enterprising and supports them in making effective transitions, positive learning and career choices and in achieving economic wellbeing. A critical component of PSHCE/SRE education is to provide opportunities for children and young people to reflect on and clarify their own values and attitudes and explore the complex and sometimes conflicting range of values and attitudes they encounter now and in the future.


PSHCE/SRE education contributes to personal development by helping students to build their confidence, resilience and self-esteem, and to identify and manage risks, make informed choices and understand what influences their decisions. It enables them to recognise, accept and shape their identities, to understand and accommodate difference and change, to manage emotions and to communicate constructively in a variety of settings.


Developing an understanding of themselves, empathy and the ability to work with others will help pupils to form and maintain good relationships, develop the essential skills for future employability and better enjoy and manage their lives.


The PSHCE/SRE education programme makes a significant contribution to students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural (SMSC) development, their behaviour and safety and the school’s statutory responsibility to promote students’ wellbeing. In addition the learning provided through a comprehensive PSHCE/SRE education provision is essential to safeguarding pupils.

The aim for our PSHCE/SRE education is to provide pupils with:


  • Accurate, balanced and relevant knowledge
  • Opportunities to turn that knowledge into personal understanding
  • Opportunities to explore, clarify and if necessary challenge, their own and others’ values, attitudes, beliefs, rights and responsibilities
  • The skills, language and strategies they need in order to live healthy, safe, fulfilling, responsible and balanced lives
  • Opportunities to develop positive personal attributes such as resilience, self-confidence, self-esteem, and empathy



Under the Education Act of 1993, parents/carers have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of any sex education provided, but not from teaching of the biological aspects of human growth and reproduction necessary under National Curriculum Science. Such mandatory lessons will not include any aspect, other than biological aspects of human sexual behaviour. Please contact the Principal, in writing, if you wish to request your child's withdrawal from all or part of any sex education provided. Further information on a parent/carer's right to withdraw their child from SRE is published on the Academy website.



Click the logo above for information from the Department for Education about the introduction of compulsory relationships education and RSE from September 2020.






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