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PSHE & Learning For Life Days

PSHE and Learning for Life Days

At Rushden Academy we provide a rich and broad experience of Personal Development opportunities and learning across the curriculum, as well as in dedicated PSHE lessons throughout the timetable. Personal Development is also delivered via whole-school and year group assemblies, and form time sessions.

  • Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Relationships and Sex Education
  • The Wider World
  • Personal Safety and the Law
  • You and Your body

Personal Development is also delivered via whole-school and year group assemblies, and form time sessions.


All year groups take part in regular 'Learning for Life Days' in which they learn about important topics under three key areas:

Mental Health and Wellbeing

  • Resilience and bouncing back

The Wider World

  • Other cultures, communities, and beliefs
  • Budgeting, borrowing and debt
  • Jobs and pay
  • Qualifications
  • Employment and careers
  • Target setting
  • Working with others (Teamwork and Leadership)

Life Skills

  • First aid and CPR
  • Personal skills and qualities
  • Planning and Organisation
  • Dexterity
  • Memory and study skills
  • Listening and communication skills
  • Confidence and presentation
  • Problem solving, critical thinking
  • Creativity and innovation


All year groups take part in weekly PSHE lessons and form-time sessions in which they learn about important topics under five key areas: 

Mental Health and Wellbeing

  • Anxiety and Depression
  • Healthy coping strategies
  • The importance of a healthy lifestyle (including diet, exercise, and sleep)
  • Screen time, social media, and self-esteem. 
  • Resilience and coping with failure 
  • Emotional literacy and self-awareness
  • Coping with stress
  • Work-life balance
  • Mindfulness and mental health 
  • Managing anger and strong emotions 
  • Positivity and happiness
  • Managing grief and bereavement 
  • Emotional literacy and self-awareness

Relationships and Sex Education

  • Different types of relationship (including LGBTQ+)
  • Families and friendships 
  • Safe and positive relationships
  • Online relationships and safety 
  • Relationships with role models 
  • Peer pressure 
  • Safe sex and contraception 
  • Sexual health 
  • Consent and safe relationships
  • Forced and arranged marriages
  • Family relationships 
  • Domestic conflict (including running away from home)
  • Managing conflict successfully

The Wider World

  • Addiction and health 
  • Discrimination 
  • LGBTQ+ relationships
  • Gender and Trans identity
  • Stereotyping and prejudice 
  • Parenting and independent living 
  • Personal finance
  • CVs and interviews 
  • Target setting
  • Applying for courses and jobs 
  • British Values
  • Discrimination and the Equality Act 2010
  • Being part of a community
  • Anti-social behaviour 
  • Identity and diversity 
  • Multiculturalism and Immigration
  • Extremism and Radicalisation 
  • Living Sustainably and caring for the environment
  • Plastic Pollution and the environment 
  • Animal rights
  • Charities and aid around the world

Personal Safety and the Law

  • Keeping ourselves and others safe (including online safety)
  • Road safety 
  • Personal safety and hazards 
  • First aid and CPR 
  • Image sharing and online risks
  • Drugs and the law
  • Gangs and county lines 
  • Grooming and CSE 
  • Taking responsibility 
  • Gambling and online gaming 
  • Knife crime 
  • Behaving to achieve (the importance of rules) 
  • How the criminal justice system works
  • How the law treats young offenders
  • How we are protected from discrimination (The Equality Act 2010)
  • Overt and covert racism
  • Stereotyping and discrimination
  • Human rights
  • Trafficking and modern slavery

You and Your body

  • Puberty 
  • Periods 
  • Personal hygiene
  • Healthy lifestyle
  • Body image (including body shaming and the media)
  • Eating disorders
  • Bullying 
  • Risk taking (including alcohol and drugs)
  • First aid and CPR
  • Tattoos and piercings 
  • Body positivity 
  • FGM
  • Pregnancy and parenting
  • Vaccinations, blood donation and stem cells

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    NN10 6AG

  • 01933 350391


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