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At Lipson Cooperative Academy we promote personal wellbeing and development through a comprehensive Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education programme. PSHE education is the curriculum subject that gives young people the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and practical skills to live safe, healthy, productive lives and meet their full potential.

PSHE education is delivered to years 7, 8 and 9 within Citizenship lessons which are timetabled for one hour a week. Students follow a spiral programme covering five key topic areas which are revisited each year as a child moves through the school. In providing a spiral programme of knowledge, skills and attitudinal development, prior learning can be revisited, reinforced and extended in an age appropriate context.

The programme covers the following topic areas:

  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Economic Wellbeing and the World of Work
  • Relationships
  • British Values
  • Living in the Wider World

PSHE education is also delivered to students of all age-groups in the form of workshops and projects undertaken throughout the year.



Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) education forms part of the tutorial programme where students work on a variety of tasks to develop their knowledge and understanding of a variety of issues. The chosen topic will form the basis of assemblies taken during the week.

Within the SMSC programme there are certain events during the year that are always observed such as Remembrance, Holocaust Memorial Day and major cultural festivals. At times topics are selected as deemed important for the Lipson community. Students are encouraged to reflect on our Cooperative Values such as equity, equality and self-help and think about how they might demonstrate values within their everyday lives.