RESPECT - Personal Development Programme

RSHE , Citizenship, Religious Education and Careers

PSHE and Citizenship is taught as an entitlement and is embraced by all staff.  The statutory aspects of Citizenship and Relationships, Sex and Health Education and Careers  are covered across the curriculum and within our Personal  Development Programme. This programme is delivered to students across all year groups every day in academic tutor time, timetabled lessons as well as themed days and events throughout the year . The aims of implementing the Personal Development Programme within our school is to equip all pupils with the knowledge and skills to make responsible and well informed decisions about their lives so that they are able to move forward with confidence, health, independence and remain safe. These skills and values should enable our pupils to make a positive contribution to society as knowledgeable, considerate and responsible citizens.


Delivery and Staffing

The RESPECT Programme is delivered every morning . Students have dedicated lessons together  themed learning days throughout the year delivered by specialist teams of staff .  Weekly themed assemblies are  held throughout the year and are delivered by SLT, Heads of year , Staff and Students and visiting speakers.



Within the Personal development  Programme students are taught-


Relationships, Sex and Health Education  

Personal Social and Health Education supports individual young people to make safe and informed choices. It can help tackle public health issues such as substance misuse and help young people with the financial decisions they must make. Skills and attitudes acquired through PSHE education have a significant impact on pupils' academic achievement, employability and future life chances.

Sessions are based around three core themes of Relationships, Health and Wellbeing and Living in the Wider World
We work with external partners to deliver aspects of the programme.



Core Theme One -Health and Wellbeing


  • how to manage transition
  • how to maintain physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing including sexual health*
  • about parenthood and the consequences of teenage pregnancy
  • how to assess and manage risks to health and to stay, and keep others, safe
  • how to identify and access help, advice and support
  • how to make informed choices about health and wellbeing matters including drugs, alcohol and tobacco; maintaining a balanced diet; physical activity; emotional health and wellbeing and sexual health
  • how to respond in an emergency including administering first aid
  • the role and influence of the media on lifestyle.

Core Theme 2: Relationships


  • how to develop and maintain a variety of healthy relationships within a range of social/cultural contexts and to develop parenting skills
  • how to recognise and manage emotions within a range of relationships
  • how to deal with risky or negative relationships including all forms of bullying (including the distinct challenges posed by online bullying) and abuse, sexual and other violence and online encounters
  • about the concept of consent in a variety of contexts (including in sexual relationships)
  • about managing loss including bereavement, separation and divorce
  • to respect equality and be a productive member of a diverse community
  • how to identify and access appropriate advice and support.

Core Theme 3: Living in the wider world: economic wellbeing, careers and the world of work


  • about rights and responsibilities as members of diverse communities, as active citizens and participants in the local and national economy
  • how to make informed choices and be enterprising and ambitious
  • how to develop employability, team working and leadership skills and develop flexibility and resilience
    about the economic and business environment
  • how personal financial choices can affect oneself and others and about rights and responsibilities as consumers



Our citizenship education helps to provide pupils with knowledge, skills and understanding to prepare them to play a full and active part in society. In particular, fostering an awareness and understanding of democracy, government and how laws are made and upheld. We also work towards equipping students with the skills and knowledge to explore political and social issues critically, to weigh evidence, debate and make reasoned arguments.

The curriculum aims to also promote British values, encouraging respect and tolerance across different cultures. Citizenship is covered within the  Personal Development programme and in core subject areas such as History and Social Sciences.  




  • How the United Kingdom is governed, its political system and how citizens participate actively in its democratic systems of government.
  • Knowledge and understanding of the role of law and the justice system in our society and how laws are shaped and enforced.
  • Develop an interest in, and commitment to, participation in volunteering as well as other forms of responsible activity.
  • Money on a day-to-day basis, and plan for future financial needs
  • Understand British values to include respect and tolerance towards others
  • Consider the rights and responsibilities of all


Citizenship is delivered  in dedicated  lessons and in Personal Development lessons each week.  Discussion and debate around topical issues and current affairs is also delivered in via the Personal Development Academic Tutorials later that week.


RSHE Programme

Programme of Study

The Department for Education has published a useful list of FAQs for parents on the new RSE/Relationships Education requirements, and new guides for parents on RSE and Health Education.

Preventing Extremism and Radicalisation


  • Gateacre School has a zero tolerance approach to extremist behaviour for all school community members. We rely on our strong values to steer our work and ensure the pastoral care of our children protects them from exposure to negative influences.
  • We are fully committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students. As a school we recognise that safeguarding against radicalisation is no different from safeguarding against any other vulnerability.
  • All staff are expected to uphold and promote the fundamental principles of British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect, and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs.
  • Students  are helped to understand the importance of democracy and freedom of speech, through  our RESPECT Curriculum , Personal Development , Time, Assemblies, Student Voice and themed events .
  • Students are taught how to keep themselves safe, in school and when using the internet. 
  • Student wellbeing, confidence and resilience  promoted through our Personal development curriculum and extra-curricular learning opportunities.
  • Student’s are supported in making good choices from a young age, so they understand the impact and consequences of their actions on others. 
  • Students are encouraged and supported to be critical thinkers and we recognise the importance of resilience in preventing children being drawn into extremist ways of thinking. 
  • Gateacre School is working closely with Liverpool Local Authority, Police and Prevent Schools Campaign to keep our students, staff, parents, carers and wider community safe. 
Key Staff

Assistant Headteacher Personal Development



Religious Education

Mrs Sims


Career Leader

Mrs J. Boyd


Careers Adviser

Carol Byrne (Career Connect) 

Available in school Tuesday and Thursday


Mental Health at Home - pack for parents

Please click to download the Mental Health at Home pack created by Liverpool Mental Health support teams (CAMHS) Pack for parents


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