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Personal Development

The Cherwell School Social Wellbeing Curriculum

Statement of Intent

Social Wellbeing (SW) is a planned programme of learning through which young people acquire the knowledge, understanding and skills they need to manage their lives, and support those around them, now and in the future.  SW develops the qualities and attributes students need to thrive as individuals, friends, family members, and members of society and our curriculum is a key part of how we teach personal development. The subject aims to contribute towards preparing young people to manage many of the most critical opportunities, challenges and responsibilities they will face growing up in such rapidly changing and challenging times. SW helps students to connect and apply the knowledge and understanding they learn in this and other subjects to practical, real-life situations while helping them to feel safe and secure enough to fulfil their academic and personal potential. Evidence shows SW’s impact in a number of areas, including emotional wellbeing, physical health, academic attainment, and preparation for work. Furthermore, SW helps students to develop the character, resilience and skills they need to succeed. It can also reduce barriers to learning, and create opportunities for success and esteem-building for the most vulnerable students.


Aims for Social Wellbeing at The Cherwell School

  1. Our curriculum and individual lessons are well designed, high quality and knowledge rich (they are aligned with the CAT policy). Lessons will be well organised and delivered with enthusiasm, energy and clarity.

  2. Clear guidance is provided to help staff develop expertise by producing standardised resources which are rooted in up-to-date research, alongside models, definitions, and scripted explanations. 

  3. Students receive a broad, balanced and diverse curriculum which is well sequenced in accordance with and supports the personal development programme throughout the school. 

  4. The curriculum is consistently refined, and updated in line with contemporary developments. There will always be flexibility within our curriculum to respond to topical issues (within both school and the wider world). 

  5. We will adapt and change resources to ensure they meet the aims of the subject and the needs of the students. 

  6. Supporting and strengthening the school ethos and whole school priority of developing personal growth. 


Essential Guidance 

Social Wellbeing at Cherwell is in line with the RSE (2020) Guidance where relevant and organised according to the themes suggested by the PSHE Association*.

  • CORE THEME 1: Health And Wellbeing

  • CORE THEME 2: Relationships

  • CORE THEME 3: Living In The Wider World

At Cherwell we use the following definitions of sex, relationships, and health education to guide our curriculum planning: SRE and PSHE Definitions and content

Teachers will be mindful that there may be students in the class who have direct or indirect experience of the issues covered in Social Wellbeing. Nonetheless it is crucial that all students have access to information on how to stay safe and seek help. Therefore teachers may wish to speak with particularly vulnerable students beforehand and share the lesson intentions with them so they can ask any questions. In order to provide a wider safety-net it may be appropriate to do this in conjunction with the relevant pastoral teams in school. 

Our lessons are designed to use non-emotive language, we strive to be factual rather than dramatic. We know students learn best and most safely when presented with facts and given the opportunity to discuss and explore them within safe boundaries. Students deserve to be provided with clear, accurate and consistent explanations. Often there will be key words provided, these should be printed out for students. Encourage students to use and refer to them throughout the lesson. Key words and concepts are important for improving a student’s ability to communicate effectively about the issues that affect them and other people around them. 

We also emphasise the importance of being informed to support those around us. This, along with scenarios to practise problem solving, is a way of equipping students with knowledge and skills whilst allowing them emotional distance. 

Disclosures: Teachers are aware that students may make disclosures to them or their peers at any point during or after the lessons. Should a child make a disclosure within the lesson either directly or indirectly teachers will follow Cherwell’s safeguarding procedure and report this to the relevant staff as directed in our safeguarding policy. Teachers are trained to be vigilant, take notice and report any concern, however small, as it could be part of a bigger picture.

Curriculum Time Per Year Group

Year 7


30 - 35

Year 8


16 - 20

Year 9

5 hours - 2 x Spotlight Days


Year 10

3 hours PPF (June-July Only) + 5 hours - 1 x Spotlight Day

7 + 3

Year 11

1 hours PPF (Double Scientists Only) + 5 hours - 2 x Spotlight Days

14 + 5

Year 12

2 hours PPF 




Lesson Topic and Sequence

Health and Wellbeing

1: Welcome to Social Wellbeing and Cherwell

2: Who do we want to be?

3: Connecting with others in school

4: Interacting with others 

5: Connecting with others outside school and through life

6: Peer pressure (inc. vaping) 

7: Consent and Personal Space 

8: Identifying and Managing Risk (inc. cycle and water safety)

9: Failure

10: Safe Stories - Online Gaming and Safety [Callum and Charlie]

11: Safe Stories - Online Gaming and Safety [Callum and Charlie]

12: Financial health online

13: Online safety - Digital footprints

Living in the Wider World


14: Self esteem online

15: Rights, Responsibilities and Opportunities: Introduction to the Equality Act (2010)

16: Protected Characteristics: Age 

17: Protected Characteristics: Disabilities (visible)

18: Protected Characteristics: Disabilities (invisible)

19: Protected Characteristics: Young carers

20: Protected Characteristics: Different families

21:  Protected Characteristics:  Different families

22: Conflict in families

23:  Protected Characteristics: Race 

24:Protected Characteristics: Race (GRT)

25: Protected Characteristics: Religion and belief

26: Protected Characteristics: Sex 

27: Periods and period poverty 

28: Protected Characteristics: Sexual orientation/Pride

29: Our Wider Responsibilities - Sustainable Development Goals

30: Our Wider Responsibilities - Sustainable Development Goals

31: Our Wider Responsibilities - Sustainable Development Goals


32: How relationships change and end

33: Toxic friendships

34: Safe Stories – Positive Relationships [Hope and Dante]

35: Safe Stories – Positive Relationships [Hope and Dante]


Year 8 Social Wellbeing SoW

1 hour per fortnight av. 19 weeks p/y


Lesson Topic and Sequence

Health and Wellbeing

1. The Teenage Brain

2. My Identity

3. Peer Pressure

4. Conflict Resolution

5. Self Esteem and Body Image 

6-8. Exploitation - Safe Stories [Rob and Tyrone]

9. Mental Health 

10-12. Safe Stories - Self-Harm [Katie and Jessica]

Living in the Wider World

13. Sexism

14. Radicalisation

15. Free Speech vs Hate Speech

16. Racism and being an Anti-Racist

17. The Power of Words

18. Managing money (inc. money laundering and financial abuse as coercive control)


19. Changing relationships

20. Sexual Harassment (inc. informed consent)


Year 9, 10, and 11 Social Wellbeing SoW

During year 9 and 10 all students study GCSE citizenship and a variety of themes from the PSHE curriculum are delivered through these lessons. We also continue to support students’ personal development by teaching a social wellbeing curriculum via a series of drop down days. These drop down days are delivered by teachers within the RS/PSCHE faculty and trained members of the extended social wellbeing team. These are bespoke sessions planned by members of the faculty drawing on the best practice nationally, designed to be age appropriate and meet the needs of our school context. 

Examples of teacher or student material can be found below which we hope will help demonstrate to parents the content and tone of these sessions:

Pornography Literacy 

Safer Sex

Peer on peer abuse

Drugs and alcohol

Students will return to the most important theme a number of times across the time at school and we adjust sessions accordingly to make them age appropriate. As the sessions deal with current issues we also seek to adjust in light of events and changes within society, the school and the wider community. 



Year 9

Year 10

Year 11


Peer-on-Peer Abuse [Sexual Harassment] 

Conflict Management

Concepts of Masculinity


Pornography Literacy 

Challenging Sexual Harassment

Media and Identity


Safer Sex  

Term 6 (post CZ) 

3 ppf

See below for schedule 

Fertility Health


Healthy Relationships 1 (Trust)

Drugs and Risk 


Alcohol and Risk 



Year 10 Social Wellbeing SoW (Post GCSE Citizenship)

3 hours per fortnight av. 7 weeks p/y

Information for parents: As Year 10 have now completed their Citizenship Studies GCSE we have put together an extended curriculum for term 6 to deliver lessons on some significant and essential topic areas as part of their wider development within the Cherwell community. The lesson areas are identified below. Through these lessons students will learn a variety of new knowledge and skills. For example, students will be prepared for year 11 work experience, they will be developing communication skills (verbal, body language etc) and develop critical and analytical skills on topical legal issues. They will be self-reflecting on their own aspirations, behaviours and relationships with others in and outside of school. This personal development will contribute towards your child’s overall school experience and is part of their entitlement to receive carefully constructed lessons on these issues in a safe and supportive environment. We will also aim to continue using Google classroom to be able to sign post further sources of support for students as we recognise that many of these areas are highly sensitive. 


Lesson Topic and Sequence

Living in the Wider World

1-2. Work Skills - CV Writing

3-4. Interview Techniques and Communication Skills


5. Launch to personal wellbeing - managing stress

6-7. Managing changes in you as a person- puberty and physical health

8. Healthy relationships: Trust 

9. Sex and relationships. Being safe and being responsible (contraception, consent and managing risk)*

10. Gratitude and wellbeing


Year 11 Social Wellbeing SoW

1 hour per fortnight av. 14 weeks p/y


Lesson Topic and Sequence

Living in the Wider World: Connecting with Others

  1. Introduction and Exploitation - Rob and Tyrone

  1. Exploitation - Rob and Tyrone

  1. Connecting with others (loneliness) 

  1. Prep for work experience (professionalism)

  1. Employment rights

  1. Economy and Tax

  1. Economy and Tax

  1. Managing a budget

Living in the Wider World

  1. Exploitation 1

  1. Exploitation 2

  1. Exploitation 3

  1. Workers rights

  1. Revision Advice


Year 12 Social Wellbeing SoW

2 hours per fortnight av. 27 weeks p/y

As part of their core sixth form provision all Y12 students will also learn a social wellbeing curriculum. The content summary is listed below. 


Lesson Topic and Sequence

  1. Introduction to Social Wellbeing - Protective Behaviours. Healthy Relationships

  1. Coercive Relationships Part 1

  1. Coercive Relationships Part 2

  1. Coercive Relationships Part 3

  1. Managing Risk - Showing Romantic Interest 

  1. Managing Risk - Showing Romantic Interest 

  1. Guest Speaker - Emma Cole - Living Positive

  1. Managing Relationships - Creating personal boundaries 

  1. Safer Sex 

  1. Giving for Wellbeing Launch

  1. Self Reflection to Improve Wellbeing

  1. Cherwell Gives Back - Event

  1. Taking the Stress out of Writing (EPQ and Wellbeing)

  1. Impact of Social Media - Is Social Media Changing Us? Part 1

  1. Impact of Social Media - Is Social Media Changing Us? Part 2

  1. Having a Healthier Relationship with your Phone

  1. Safe Drive Stay Alive

  1. Taking the Stress out of Presenting (EPQ and Wellbeing)

  1. Guest Speaker - Anna Lawrence on Neurodivergence

  1. Reading for Wellbeing (Cherwell Festival of Reading)

  1. Managing Risk - Safer Sex

  1. Managing Risk - Gambling

  1. Managing Risk - Drugs

  1. Managing Risk - Alcohol

  1. Managing Risk - Relationships Part 1

  1. Managing Risk - Relationships Part 2

  1. Making the Most of the Summer Term 

  1. Engaging with Current Affairs and Media Literacy

  1. Money Matters - Budgeting

  1. Disability Awareness Part 1

  1. Disability Awareness Part 2 - Guest Speaker - Luke Barbanneau 

  1. Implementing Revision 

  1. Culture Day

  1. Destinations Event

  1. Writing Personal Statements 


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