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Personal Development: Key Stage 3

Our curriculum is flexible to the needs of students, based on the findings of Cambridgeshire Children and Young People’s Health and Wellbeing Survey, and more current safeguarding needs.  We are aware that students in this key stage need to consider their health and wellbeing, the importance of supportive relationships, their rights and responsibilities as effective citizens, and how to make budgetary and career decisions.  SMSC and British Values are reflected in all lessons.  LGBTQI+ issues also figure significantly.  

Year 7 has a focus on building resilience, how to form and manage strong relationships, primarily with their friends and they are armed with the skills to address bullying.   Students have First aid training too.

In Year 8, students focus on being aware of online risks, what democracy is, workplace skills plus the importance of hygiene and emotional and physical self-awareness.

Year 9 students concentrate on budgeting and prejudice, organ donations, addiction and mental health and where they can go for support. 

Specialist speakers are invited into school to ensure that certain topics are addressed in a sensitive and age-appropriate way – e.g. drug awareness and sexual health education.

Key events this year:

  • Visits by MAGPAS, emergency services, teaching student’s CPR, defibrillation and how to ring 999 in an emergency over the next year.
  • Epic Risk Management, delivering assemblies on the risks of online gambling, gambling, gaming and how destructive this can be to our lives.
  • AlterEgo Creative Resources theatre group showing the students Chelsea’s Story. This highlights the very serious and emotional issue of child sexual exploitation and how young people are groomed by adults.

Key Documents for RSE- General

Young People, Relationships and Sex – The New Norms

Shhh….No Talking – LGBTQ Inclusive RSE in the UK

Key Links for Healthy Relationships

DoSRE you can download some PowerPoints to help discuss issues around relationships with your child -

Teachers Guide to Teenage Relationship Abuse also useful for parents to help to spot the signs of relationship abuse in your child.

Key Links for Consent

Disrespect Nobody Campaign – Section on Consent- there are lots more


Key Links for Media and Peer Influence

Ditch the Label

Disrespect Nobody Campaign

Positive Body Image – Pamphlet 


Key Links for Sexuality


Explore Dream Discover

Coming out support


Key Links for Gender

Gendered Intelligence 


Key Links for Sexual Harassment, Assault, Exploitation and Abuse

Thinkuknow Toolkit

Disrespect Nobody Campaign

CEOP –Exploited

Article on Emotional abuse for YP


Key Links for Protecting Myself (for student)

Disrespect Nobody Campaign

Brook - Condom Handout

Cambs C-Card Scheme 

Digital Romance Report

BBC Bitesize Drama about STIs and Safer Sex