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PSHCE (Personal, social, health and citizenship education)

Our PSHCE curriculum provides a range of topics to prepare students for life after education as well as deal with current issues. We have growing range of providers who help make the curriculum more varied.

The topics covered by students during their weekly 45 minute dedicated PSHCE lesson include:

Year group Topics covered
7 SEAL Transition
British Citizenship
Internet Safety
Safeguarding Topics such as Radicalisation, Extremism and FGM
Mental Health Awareness
Puberty and Hygiene
Smoking and its dangers
Healthy Eating
Employability and Careers
8 Drugs, Energy Drinks and Alcohol
Mental Health issues and mindfulness
British Citizenship and Refugees
Study Support
Options and Careers
Internet Safety
Safeguarding issues such as Radicalisation and FGM
Healthy relationships & Peer Pressure (including introduction to contraception and consent)
Gender Identity
9 Mental Health issues and mindfulness
British Citizenship and Values
First aid including CPR training
Healthy relationships - Including consent and the law
Contraception and STI's
Study Support
Domestic Violence
Safeguarding issues including FGM and introduction of Forced Marriage
10 Dangers of drugs and alcohol, including Cannabis debate
Discussing and learning about misogyny within society
E-saftey including sexting
Healthy relationships including realistic expectations
Homelessness in the UK
Careers including Writing a CV
Internet and the Workplace
Study Support
Mental Health with a focus on Anxiety and Depression
Gang culture and knife crime
Preparing for Work Experience
Interview Preparation
Sun Safety
Year 11 College applications - making decisions about sixthform
Knife crime
Study skills and preparation for assessments
Mental health, with focus on anxiety and exam stress
Alcohol and Drugs- staying safe

Our news page will keep you updated on the wealth of external provider opportunities we also offer.


Preparing students for the world of work is an important aspect of their experience at Nottingham Free School and all students participate in a careers programme (click here to download the whole school careers plan) which is based around the the ten employability goals:

  1. Self-motivation – taking responsibility for developing work readiness
  2. Self-assurance – having the tools and skills to present themselves to employers
  3. Aspiration – having high personal goals
  4. Informed – understanding the opportunities available and making realistic choices
  5. Experience – having experience of work that is rewarding and fulfilling
  6. Achieving – qualifications valued by employers
  7. Accountability – understanding how to take responsibility
  8. Resilience – understanding employers need for people who can listen and learn
  9. Entrepreneurial – working creatively to achieve personal and business potential
  10. Co-operation – developing effective communication and co working skills

Students keep a record of all their experiences related to these goals in a skills passport. All enrichment activities are related to the employability skills in order for students to choose activities which provide them with a well rounded profile of skills.

Year 8 Options

This is the main focus of the careers plan for all year 8 students and aims to provide students and their parent(s)/carer(s) with quality information in order to make good choices for their GCSE options. Students participate in PSHCE lessons devoted to making good choices and are given an options booklet which gives key information about all of the courses available. An options evening is held every year for students and parent(s)/carer(s) which gives further information about the options process itself and the opportunity to hear individual presentations from subject staff.

Please download the option booklet here:

January 2020


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