Learning for Life (PSHE)


Loreto “Learning for Life” (Personal social, health and economic education or PSHE) is an integral part of the curriculum and embedded in the ethos of the school.  Personal development is enhanced as young people develop the skills they need to grow and develop as individuals and members of society.  We want our young people to be healthy, both mentally and physically, form strong and safe relationships and develop an awareness about the world and their place within it. When they leave us, we will have prepared them for the world of work and taught them the skills to be able to make safe informed decisions and lead happy and healthy adult lives.

Form teachers deliver the PSHE curriculum through eight key lessons during the year and subject areas have identified additional aspects of PSHE that are delivered by subject teachers.  This approach allows all staff to be involved in the delivery of such a vital part of a young person’s education.

Three aspects of PSHE are taught, as recommended by the PSHE association and the new PSHE Government curriculum guidelines;

  1. Health and well-being education
  2. Relationships and sex education
  3. Economic well-being, careers and citizenship

When exploring topics such as relationships, sex and health education, we use the “Life to the Full” programme designed for Catholic secondary schools throughout the UK.  This features a parent portal, which you can access by clicking on this logo:


PSHE dates and topics 2022-2023 (subject to change)

Key Stage 3 PSHE

Year 7 pupils learn how to form and manage strong relationships, primarily with their friends and they are armed with the skills to address bullying, including the growing issue of cyberbullying. By Year 9 more intimate relationships have been discussed and pupils are equipped with the skills to recognise the difference between healthy and unhealthy relationships and where to go for support. They are taught about “consent” Outside “specialist” speakers are invited in, to ensure that certain topics are addressed sensitively – e.g. drugs and sexual health education. New Government guidance on the teaching of sex education is available here. In Year 7, the pupils are advised about looking after their own health and well-being, studying topics such as changes through puberty, the benefits of exercise, the dangers of smoking, the importance of a balanced diet and sleep. They learn how to be safe online and how to protect their “online presence.” By the end of KS3, these themes have been revisited, not only through PSHE but in science, computing and PE. First aid training is incorporated in Years 8 and 9 in PE, as students learn to look after the health and well-being of others as well as themselves. Drugs education continues in Years 8 and 9, with alcohol and recreational drugs education taught. How to manage stress and anxiety (in Year 9) are also discussed, as well as raising self-esteem and resilience across all three years.

Keystage 4 & 5 PSHE

In Key Stage 4 and 5, the themes of health and well-being and relationships are developed further and opportunities for discussion are encouraged within forms. There is also a greater emphasis on careers and the world of work, as students move towards adulthood. We invite in representatives from the workplace to share their experiences and offer work placement opportunities. Post 16 and post 18 educational opportunities are highlighted and more “life skills,” such as managing money and how to run a budget are shared. All years will also be looking at the “Black Lives Matter” campaign this year.


In addition to the PSHE curriculum, it is our intent to offer as many wider extracurricular opportunities as possible throughout years 7-13. STEM days, RE retreats, creative arts, sports leadership, Lenten fundraising, drama festival, shows, musical concerts, gym and dance displays and university visits are all evidence of this. Our “themed cross curricular weeks” allow partnerships between departments and stimulate creativity. We also have a school council and a WOW group (Women of the world) promoting and discussing equality issues.

Specialist days and events 2022-23

In addition to the above programme a number of specialist days are arranged for different year groups. These may be altered due to COVID 19.

Year 7

• SPEC Retreat Centre
• Zoo trip (Science)
• Global Send My Friend to School campaign

Year 8

• Arts day – developing talents and interests
• STEM day – inspiring challenge and independent learning
• Retreat
• Classics day
• MFL fun day
• Thames Barrier Trip (Geography)

Year 9

• Go to work day
• Careers Fair
• Retreat
• Sports Leaders – developing leadership and team work skills.

Year 10

• Retreat
• Careers Day
• Forensics Day (science)
• Duke of Edinburgh

Year 11

• Well being carousel
• Post 16 advice, including 6th form, college and apprenticeships talks / visits. E.g. Big Purple Bus and Oaklands College.

Year 12

• Cambridge induction week visit
• Nottingham University visit
• Learn to Live event (safe driving event)
• Student Leadership conference
• “Wear it Pink Day” and other fundraising activities
• EPQ opportunity