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Northampton School for Boys

Northampton School for Boys

PSHE at Northampton School for Boys

PSHE or Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education is taught at Northampton School for Boys throughout Year 7 – 13 in a weekly lesson by our team of Form Tutors. The programme is overseen by our Director of PSHE, Miss Helen Kennedy and Mrs Lindsay Greenaway, Assistant Headteacher for Personal Development and we have a team of teachers who oversee different aspects of PHSE including Miss Hannah Rickaby who is our Careers Leader responsible for Work Related Learning.

Our delivery of PSHE focuses on scenario based learning and non-judgemental approach so that our students can explore issues confidently and curiously. Our PSHE curriculum is enhanced by our Personal Development week, that takes place in the final week of Term 2 each academic year. This is where students can experience a “deep dive” into different areas of PSHE and Personal Development and hear from inspirational outside speakers.

At NSB PSHE is delivered in a spiral curriculum, building on previous knowledge in an age-appropriate manner, following five key themes. Students build on previous learning each year in order to give them the knowledge and skills needed to make informed and safe decisions about themselves and others as part of preparing them for life in modern Britain.

The five themes that our student study are:

Living in the
Wider World
Health and Wellbeing Personal Safety Careers Relationships
and Sex Education
Equalities Mental Health Resilience Online Safety Different careers and industries Healthy and unhealthy relationships
Finance and financial wellbeing Physical health and health risks Anti-Bullying The world of work Puberty and the changing body
Media and how to trust information Hygiene Addictive and illegal substances and risk Challenging stereotypes Consent

British Values

Body Image

Knife crime


Work Experience Harassment
    Road Safety

Post 16 education

UCAS and post 18 options

Reproductive health

Safe sex

Sexual health

Assessment in PSHE:

Students use two forms of assessment in PSHE; self-assessment where student track their own progress and make judgments about their knowledge and skills and teacher assessment, where their Form Tutor assesses their understanding of key concepts and their use of PSHE skills.

Students are measured and measure themselves against “I can” statements relating to the unit of work being studied. Using these statements, a judgement is reached on their working grade; Grade 1 – Working Beyond, Grade 2 – Working At or Grade 3 – Working Towards.

PSHE curriculum at glance – The table below outlines the focus each year group has each week of each term.

Relationships and Sex Education (RSE)

Current regulations and guidance from the Department for Education state that all Secondary schools must deliver Relationships and Sex Education as today’s young people are part of an increasingly complex world where they need to know how to be safe and healthy and how to manage their academic, personal, and social lives in a positive way. We therefore follow the statutory guidance from the Department from Education on Relationships Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education.

Relationships and Sex Education at Northampton School for Boys aims to:

  • provide all pupils with accurate and unbiased knowledge.
  • provide opportunities for open and accepting discussion; to challenge views, attitudes, and beliefs in order for our pupils to form their own personal values grounded in respect.
  • provide the knowledge and skills needed in order to make safe and informed decisions about their relationships, reproductive health and intimacy.

Students study RSE as part of an age-appropriate spiral curriculum from Year 7 – 13 within their PSHE lessons. Sex Education at Northampton School for Boys involves learning about the physical, social, and emotional aspects of human sexuality and behaviour, including human reproduction. This includes conception and contraception, safer sex, sexually transmitted infections, and sexual health as well as the influence of various media and peer pressure on sexual behaviour. Relationships Education involves learning about the physical, social, legal, and emotional aspects of human relationships including friendships, intimate, sexual, and committed relationships, and family life. Relationships education supports children to be safe, happy and healthy in their interactions with others now and in the future. In addition, puberty and understanding the changing body is taught as part of Health education. Relationships education is compulsory for all students.

The Right to Withdraw from Sex Education:

According to DfE guidelines, Parents and Carers have the right to withdraw their children from some or all parts Sex Education delivered within RSE. All students, three terms before they turn 16 have the right to decide if they wish to receive Sex Education or withdraw. Should a student wish to receive Sex Education at this time, they can do so without Parent / Carer consultation. Mrs Lindsay Greenaway will initially email students to make them aware of this.

Further information on our RSE curriculum and the withdrawal process can be accessed by viewing our RSE policy - see below.

Should Parents / Carers wish to with a withdraw their child from Sex Education, they will need to indicate which lessons specifically they wish to withdraw their child from on a Withdrawal Form and give written explanation for withdrawal. A copy of withdrawal requests will be placed in the pupil’s educational record. Any request for withdrawal will be followed by a meeting with Mrs Lindsay Greenaway, Assistant Headteacher and will be passed on to the Head, Mr Bernard to sanction, if agreed.

All pupils who are withdrawn from Sex Education will receive alternative PHSE education during those lessons.


Northampton School for Boys, Billing Road, Northampton, NN1 5RT
01604 230240