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Personal Development in Year 7

Dear Parents/Carers

Welcome to you all, I look forward to meeting you all in due course, in the meantime I wanted to write to you in regard to our PSHE (Personal, social and health education) Curriculum at Saltash. I am sure that you are aware that RSHE (Relationships, sex and health educations) has become compulsory in all schools as of April 2021. We were already teaching many of the topics that have become part of the compulsory content but have adjusted our curriculum and increased delivery time to ensure that we are covering all the necessary content preparing our students to be well-rounded individuals prepared to embrace 21st Century life.

PSHE (Personal, Social & Health Education) encompasses Careers Education & Guidance and Citizenship, and we have 3 Key Concept areas that we teach throughout all year groups within our school:

  • Living in the Wider world
  • Health and well-being
  • Relationships

We study a broad range of topics across the year covering each of the three aspects of the subject, please see the attached programme for topic areas covered in Year 7, all students have one hour of PSHE a week in years 7-9, taught as part of their timetable by a member of my small specialist team ensuring that all content covered is well researched and delivered in an age appropriate way ensuring our students have the opportunity to build on our school TEAM values. In addition to teachers delivering these lessons, there will also be guest speakers delivering sessions and lessons. As a parent you have the right to withdraw your son/daughter from the sex education elements of the Relationship & Sex education PSHE Curriculum but not the Science Curriculum, please email should you require any further information about the above.

The students are also encouraged to take an increasingly active role in both school and community-based activities, something we refer to as Active Citizenship. They are all given the opportunity to take part in the Children’s University passport scheme, more details to follow.

If you have any questions or PSHE queries at all, please don’t hesitate to contact me directly on 01752-843715 ext 235 or email me at:

Yours faithfully

Mrs E Gue
Head of PSHE and Career