PSHE, RSE and Careers


At Coombswood School our PSHE Curriculum is designed with the specific needs of our learners in mind and is reflective of Coombswood aims and ethos.

PSHE makes a significant contribution to the promotion of young people’s personal and social development, enables them to know how to stay safe and healthy and teaches them how to manage their academic, personal and social lives in a positive way. Through the promotion of PSHE, skills are developed that our learners need in order for them to grow and flourish as individuals and members of society.

Studying PSHE contributes to helping children and young people build their personal identities, confidence and self-esteem. It helps them to make career choices, understand and manage their finances, and what influences their decision making processes. PSHE enables learners to recognise their emotions and to communicate positively in a range of different scenarios.

Pupils are taught and continually encouraged to respect other people, with particular regard to the protected characteristics set out in the Equality Act 2010. Learners study a variety of topics, which develop necessary skills and attributes, including, self-esteem, resilience, risk management and teamwork.

At Coombswood School, we understand that PSHE lessons need to be fluid when dealing with topical situations in the lives of our learners, and current affairs that may affect them. We will not hesitate to change the content of lessons should the need arise, for example if a learner has lost a parent we will be sensitive when discussing families. If situations arise in the playground and a learner uses discriminatory language we will use our PSHE lessons to educate learners around this topic. We actively promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs, and our Careers Curriculum encourages learners to be citizens.

Our PSHE curriculum is planned around topics of:

  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Care, Support and Safety
  • Managing Feelings
  • Changing and Growing
  • Healthy lifestyles
  • The World I Live In


At Coombswood School, good relationships are fundamental to our ethos. Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) is lifelong learning about relationships, emotions, looking after ourselves, different families, sex, sexuality and sexual health. It involves acquiring information, developing skills and forming positive beliefs, values and attitudes. RSE has a key part to play in the personal, social, moral and spiritual development of young people.

There are five key elements that are covered in our curriculum:

  • Families
  • Respectful relationships including friendships
  • Online and Media
  • Being Safe
  • Intimate and sexual relationships, including sexual health

Careers & Post 16

At Coombswood School, careers education, information, advice and guidance is a priority for ensuring learners move forward with the right tools and attitude to help prepare them for their future. Our varied and inclusive curriculum supports learners to consider their future options, realise their potential, be able to identify their skills, and transfer them to further education and the job market.

We ensure that learners are motivated and excited for the world of work. We strive for high levels of expectations around self-confidence, emotional confidence and aspirations that are underpinned by our inclusive, tailored and robust PSHE curriculum.

We prepare learners, and liaise with parents and carers, for their preferred Post 16 pathway, whether that is to continue with further education, training or employment. We are fully committed to our statutory and moral obligation to provide a structured, varied and personalised careers education to all Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 students.

Our Year 11 students have a range of opportunities for their Post 16 options, which includes, to continue their education, move on to local colleges or take apprenticeships.

Our careers curriculum is planned as per the guidance provided by the Gatsby Benchmark and DfE Guidance. Our objectives are:

  • To deliver well planned, structured and accessible careers lessons to all students in Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.
  • To ensure learners are able to identify and be proud of their individual skills.
  • To ensure that all students understand the range of career routes open to them.
  • To ensure that students research and understand the range of courses and academic choices available to them at Post 16.
  • To help learners develop competencies to be able to transfer their knowledge and skills, and be resilient and adaptable within changing sectors and economies.
  • To work with parents at the start of Year 11 to follow a structured timeline of events of Post 16 transition to ensure that all leavers have a planned progression route.

We are committed to reducing the number of 13-19 year olds who are not in education, employment or training (NEETs) by ensuring these objectives are met.

Post 16 Transition Timeline

At Coombswood School we are committed to ensuring that Year 11 learners move on to the appropriate Post 16 environment, be that; college, apprenticeship or training. Our robust Post 16 transition timeline means we continuously communicate with learners, parents and carers to ensure a smooth transition into an appropriate environment. This is underpinned by our Careers lessons which are written according to the guidance of the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks. We aim to ensure that no learner becomes NEET.

Term Action
Summer 2 (Year 10) Post 16 Preference forms sent to parents/carers of Year 10 learners.
Autumn 1 Contact parents to discuss Post 16 options. Share predicted grades so learners can make informed choices on next steps.
Autumn 1 Careers lesson to give out ‘Record of Interest: Post 16’ form to log interest in Post 16 options.
Autumn 1 Careers lessons to focus on educating learners on Post 16 choices including 6th form, college courses, apprenticeships. Learners to research Post 16 options. Learners to log colleges/6th forms/apprenticeships they are interested in on their Record of Interest: Post 16 form.
Start of Autumn 2 Learners to have filled out Record of Interest Post 16 form during careers lessons, these should be shared with parents/carers.
Autumn 2 Calls to parents/carers to ensure form has been received and that they are attending appropriate open events.
Autumn 2 Parents/Carers to attend 6th form open evenings/college open days. Coombswood staff to support where necessary.

Applications to Post 16 to be made

Annual Reviews to be completed by SENCo including information of Post 16 choice

Winter 2 Record initial intended destination of learners. Provide further guidance to learners who are unsure of choice through careers lessons.
Spring 1 Examination entries to be done

Predicted grades to be shared with parents in case it impacts Post 16 choices.

Spring 2 Public examination timetable released. Exams Office to share individual timetables with learners.

Agree with parents/carers if learners can leave after individual examinations

Start to plan end of term arrangements including hoodies/leaving assembly.

Summer 1 Data Consent forms sent out, logged and communicated to local authority.

Public examinations to be sat.

Summer 1/Summer 2 Transition support offered to those who need to visit new Post 16 education/training.

End of term arrangements to commence.