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Personal, Social and Health Education (PHSE)

John Smeaton Academy is committed to the spiritual, moral, cultural, social, 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 and health education (PSHE) is taught.

Our bespoke PSHE programme in embedded across curriculum subjects well as explicitly taught on through the form tutor programme, assemblies and ACE (Acquiring Citizenship Education) days. Students develop life skills and character attributes such as resilience, self-esteem, risk-management, team-working and critical thinking in the context of three core themes: health and wellbeing, relationships and living in the wider world (including economic wellbeing and aspects of careers education).

Health and Well-being topics include:

Physical Health Education: self-image; preventative healthcare and healthy eating.

Mental Health Education: conflict resolution; assertive behaviour; stress and anxiety management. 

Drugs Education: the classification of drugs; health and legal implications; social and cultural views and differences. 


Relationships topics include:

Relationships and Sex Education: the emphasis is on building healthy relationships and self-esteem, and includes reproduction, puberty, contraception, STI’s and family life. (Under the Education Act of 1993, parents have the right to withdraw their children from all or part of sex education, but not from the teaching of the biological aspects of human growth and reproduction necessary in National Curriculum Science. In the event of a parent wishing to withdraw their child from this provision, application must be made in writing to the Headteacher.)


Living in the wider world topics include:

Life Skills: finance skills; basic First Aid; careers education; preparation for post-14 and post-16 choices. 

Online Safety

Cyber Aware - information on how to adopt simple secure online behaviours to help protect yourself from cyber criminals: https://www.cyberaware.gov.uk/



At John Smeaton Academy, we want our students to leave school with an understanding of the political, legal and economic functions of adult society, and with the social and moral awareness to thrive in this society. Citizenship is about enabling students to make their own decisions and to take responsibility for their own lives and their communities. Citizenship helps students to develop self-confidence and successfully deal with significant life changes and challenges. It gives them a voice, in the life of John Smeaton Academy, in their community and in society in general. It enables them to make a positive contribution by developing the expertise and experience needed to claim their rights and understand their responsibilities and prepare them for the challenge and opportunities of adult and working life.

The essential elements of Citizenship Education include: 

Knowledge and Understanding: about topics such as laws and rules, democracy, human rights, justice, freedom and the world as a global community.

Skills and Aptitudes: expressing opinions, taking part in discussions and debates, participating in community action. 

Values and Dispositions: respect for justice and democracy, openness, tolerance, a willingness to listen to, work with and stand up for others. 

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