Curriculum Intent

Our PSHE curriculum underpins and encompasses every aspect of school life, reflecting the school ethos and our values of respect, responsibility and aspiration. It is our intention to ensure that our students develop the knowledge, skills and attributes they need to keep themselves healthy and safe, be prepared for life and work in modern Britain and to become responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society. We aim to provide a coherent personal, social, health, economic and careers curriculum, as evidence shows that a well-designed PSHE programme has a positive impact on academic and non-academic outcomes for young people.

Our curriculum reflects the PSHE Association syllabus and aims to equip our students to live healthy, safe and productive lives through the core themes of:

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

It is our intention that the curriculum provides opportunities for students to reflect on their own values and attitudes and to explore complex and sometimes conflicting values and attitudes that they may encounter in their lives.


Curriculum Implementation

PSHE Lead                 Mrs H Waring

Careers Lead              Ms S Ingham

The curriculum is delivered in both discreet PSHE lessons and in Form Tutor periods and follows a thematic model which takes into account the needs of our students and local context.

Year 7 and Year 8                  Students receive 1 x 50-minute discreet lesson a week on a two-year rolling programme, which enables strong relationships to develop in an environment of trust. Students have the opportunity to submit questions anonymously for the teacher so that lessons can be adapted to meet the needs of the individual. In discreet lessons, Year 7 and 8 are taught in mixed age classes in line with the whole school curriculum.

Students also have one PSHE-focused tutorial session per week, delivered by their form tutor. These sessions are delivered by year group to ensure that key areas such as transition, relationships and safety can be effectively delivered.

Year 9                                     Students receive 1 x 50-minute discreet lesson a week, which enables the curriculum to be focused relevant to their stage.

Students also have one PSHE-focused tutorial session per week, delivered by their form tutor.

Year 10                                   Students receive 1 x 50-minute discreet lesson a week, which enables the curriculum to be focused relevant to their stage. In Year 10 this includes preparation for work experience, which is on offer to all students in July.

Students also have one PSHE-focused tutorial session per week, delivered by their form tutor.

Year 11                                   Students have one PSHE-focused tutorial session per week and one careers-focused tutorial per week, delivered by their form tutor. The curriculum enables us to ensure that our students are prepared for the wider world when they leave Settlebeck School at 16.


Year 7 and 8 Year 9 and 10 Year 11





Identity and relationships


Developing skills and aspirations


Community and careers


Emotional wellbeing




Financial decision-making


Digital literacy


Building relationships


Drugs and alcohol


Health and puberty





Setting goals


Employability skills


Mental health


Healthy lifestyle


Peer influence, substance use and gangs


Intimate relationships


Respectful relationships


Work experience


Healthy relationships


Financial decision-making


Exploring influence


Addressing extremism and radicalisation



Building for the future


Next steps


Communication in relationships









Curriculum Enrichment

The core values of respect, responsibility and aspiration underpin the PSHE curriculum delivered in the classroom and wider opportunities throughout the school.

Hygge Day                                          The school timetable is collapsed in January for one day to allow students to focus on their mental health and well-being through a range of opportunities such as mindfulness.

Work Experience                                All students in Year 10 have the opportunity to engage in Work Experience for one week. In preparation for this event, they prepare CVs, letters of application and make contact with employers.

Young Firefighters Course                 This course is delivered by Sedbergh Fire Station and offers students the opportunity to develop teamwork skills, build resilience and develop respectful relationships with others.

Assembly Programme                        The weekly assembly programme centres on the school values of respect, responsibility and aspiration.

Engagement with HE and FE             Taster sessions are on offer to Year 11. Year 10 students have the opportunity to run a restaurant at Kendal College. Maths programmes with Lancaster University are also offered.

Community Events                             Macmillan Coffee Morning, annual senior citizens’ dinner, Christmas Fair, raising money for charity, Sedbergh Spring Fair.

Visiting Speakers                                Inspira, FE providers, health care professionals.

Headteacher Weekly Award               Students are nominated weekly by staff for the Headteacher Award which focuses on respect, responsibility and aspiration.

House System                                    The House System encourages students to work as a team, focus on the school values and engage in events.

Clubs                                                   There is a wide range of clubs on offer which include: sport, model railway, art, music, board games, nature club, secret readers club.

School Council                                    The School Council encourages students to take an active role in school improvement.

Student Leadership                             The Student Leadership team works alongside the Headteacher to ensure students have a voice and to act as ambassadors for the school.

Visits                                                    Art workshops, science and geography field trips, STEM visits, France trip, Italy trip, Year 7 residential, Kendal College restaurant experience, Kendal Torchlight, theatre visits, trips to premier sports matches.