Following on from the recent consultation period [April 2021] we can now confirm our PSHE & RSE policy and curriculum maps.

We provide Personal, Social, Health and Economic [PSHE] education and Relationship & Sex Education [RSE] to Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 through a spiral programme that gradually expands and enriches key concepts, increases knowledge, deepens understanding, and rehearses and develops key skills through a thematic approach.

The key 3 themes, in line with the PSHE Association best practice are:

Health and Wellbeing


*Including Relationships & Sex

Living in the Wider World

PSHE and RSE education are central to the development of the students at Ark Academy. The planned programme is designed to help them deal with the difficult moral, social, and health-related issues that arise in their lives and in society. It also helps them to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to live confident, healthy, independent lives as active members of society. In addition to this, the PSHE programme promotes fundamental British Values, which are taught implicitly in lessons and throughout all key stages.

Please click here to access the PSHE and RSE Policy.

Our PSHE education programme recognises that young people will bring prior learning and real-life experiences to their learning. Our programme respects and builds on these, providing a programme that reflects both the universal and unique needs of our students.

PSHE & RSE is delivered as part of our core curriculum, with all students from Year 7 to 13 receiving one period of week of PSHE/RSE. Lessons are delivered by form tutors; those who have well developed and secure relationships with the students.

As part of the delivery of all lessons, adaptations are made for students with additional needs so that all students can access the sessions. Typical adaptations include:

  • Additional scaffolding where complex issues are discussed.
  • Additional in-class checks for understanding of SEN students.
  • Where students have Education, Health and Care Plans, adaptations to sessions are made in line with their SEN provision

Please click here for our curriculum overview of the PSHE & RSE programme.


Parental Information:

If you wish to carry out further reading around RSE, the following documents may be of use to you:

Government Guidance

FAQs: Relationships education, relationships and sex education (RSE) and health education

FAQs: Sex Education Forum


For further information, please contact:

Vice Principal [Personal Development]: Mr S. O’Carroll